Ford is introducing a new Ranger chassis cab variant for the first time, giving customers ranging from construction to military the ability to easily create bespoke vehicles based on Europe’s best-selling pick-up and winner of the International Pick-up Award 2020.

The rugged Ranger chassis cab uses a body-on-frame construction, creating a tough donor vehicle that maximises the range of potential conversion options. Ford anticipates Ranger chassis cab’s combination of four-wheel drive-enhanced off-road capability, durability and fuel efficient EcoBlue diesel powertrain will drive interest from the construction, utility, blue light and recovery sectors, among many more.

Available in single-cab body style and work-oriented XL series, the Ranger chassis cab is the newest addition to the Ranger line-up that has been Europe’s best-selling pick-up each year since 2015. In addition to the proven donor vehicle, Ranger chassis cab customers will also benefit from Ford’s network of more than 160 Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) converters in 13 markets to expertly deliver warranty-approved bespoke vehicles for specialist applications.

Proven donor vehicle

Robust, durable and proven, Ranger’s chassis features heavy-duty rear leaf spring suspension and a flat rear surface for converters to build upon – providing a versatile base for conversions up to a generous 3,270 kg gross vehicle mass.

The single cab design permits a maximum conversion length behind the cab of 2,518 mm. Challenging terrain will pose little issue for Ranger chassis cab conversions, with a wading depth of up to 800 mm, 237 mm of ground clearance before conversion, and a short front overhang for optimised approach angles.

Ranger chassis cab also provides 3,500 kg maximum towing capacity, enabling operators to haul extra equipment with ease.

Expert converters, factory support

Ford’s European network of QVM converters offers the expertise businesses require to produce safe, Ford-certified, bespoke vehicles. The company worked closely with converters to optimise the Ranger chassis cab’s potential for a wide range of conversions such as box bodies, tippers and cherry pickers. All QVM conversions come with a warranty that matches those offered on Ford’s standard vehicles.

Full chassis details in Ford’s Body, Equipment and Mounting Manual provide the comprehensive information converters require when modifying Ranger chassis cab.

Customers can further enhance their vehicle with Ford Special Vehicle Options’ range of flexible solutions, including a trailer tow electrical connector, high-performance batteries for increased electrical loads, and an interface to link conversions and vehicle signals – for example, to prevent a tipper body from operating unless the vehicle is parked and in neutral.

Capable on- and off-road

Ranger chassis cab’s 170 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine delivers 420 Nm of torque to easily haul heavy loads, supported by a slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox.

A selectable four-wheel drive system is standard, with a simple control in the centre console enabling drivers to select rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive while on the move to best suit changing conditions. A low range four-wheel drive setting improves performance on steep hills and soft surfaces.

Customers requiring even more all-terrain capability can specify an electronically-locking rear differential and all-terrain tyres with off-road tread pattern for optimum grip.

Ranger chassis cab will be available to order from January 2021.