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Ford unveils global market-bound 2015 Ranger pickup

The Ranger gets a rugged new look that borrows styling cues from the Everest SUV.

Ford has introduced the new 2015 Ranger, a rugged midsize pickup that will be distributed in a number of global markets.

Up front, the Ranger gets a sharp, muscular design characterized by angular headlights, a sculpted hood and a hexagonal radiator grille with a single chromed slat. The new look brings the Ranger in line with the Everest SUV that was introduced late last year.

Like the outgoing model, the new Ranger is available in several body styles including a single cab, a double cab and a cab-chassis aimed largely at aftermarket upfitters. In its most capable configuration, Ford's newest pickup boasts approach and departure angles of 28- and 25-degrees, respectively, and it can drive through up to 31 inches of water.

Inside, the Ranger benefits from an added dose of refinement thanks to a more car-like cockpit made with improved materials and an eight-inch touch screen that runs Ford's SYNC 2 infotainment system. A pair of configurable thin-film transistor (TFT) screens integrated into the instrument cluster provide vital information about the truck and its surroundings.

Additionally, the Ranger can be ordered with a number of electronic driving aids including Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, parking sensors on both ends and Ford's Driver Impairment Monitor.

The pickup's entry-level engine is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder unit that makes 158 horsepower in its standard state of tune and 128 ponies in its fuel-sipping high-efficiency version. Those who need more power can step up to a 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel that makes nearly 200 horsepower and 346 lb-ft. of torque, while a gasoline-burning 163-horsepower 2.5-liter Duratec mill rounds out the lineup.

Both two- and four-wheel drive models are available, and buyers can choose either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Properly configured, the Ranger can tow over 7,700 pounds.

Set to arrive later this year, the 2015 Ford Ranger will eventually be sold in over 180 countries worldwide. However, at the time of writing the Blue Oval is not planning on adding the truck to its lineup in the United States.

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