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    M-Sport Builds A Mini-Raptor For Europe

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      Europe gets something like a Raptor.. At least in looks.


    Many of us are excited that Ford is finally bringing the Ranger to the U.S. towards the end of the decade. But the long wait for it is driving a number of folks crazy. Well, we're probably not going to help with this as the folks at M-Sport (who heads up Ford's World Rally Championship team) have introduced a special edition of the Ranger that can be described as a Raptor mini.

     

    This is the M-Sport Ranger and it looks quite mean. It begins with a Ranger 4x4 double cab that gets a new grill with integrated lights, 18-inch wheels fitted with off-road tires, and certain body parts getting a matte black finish. Underneath is a Pedders suspension sport pack that improves the ride and a new sports exhaust. The interior features custom leather upholstery and a sports steering wheel.

     

    Optional is an off-road kit that includes a lift kit for the suspension that raises the truck by 1.75 inches and additional lighting.

     

    One item that is unknown is if the M-Sport Ranger gets more power. Power is from a 3.2-liter TDCi five-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque.

     

    M-Sport says the Ranger will go into production this September and be sold at select Ford dealers around Europe.

     

    Source: M-Sport

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    Introducing the M-Sport Ranger

     

    M-Sport’s bespoke range of road-going vehicles has gained recognition and popularity around the world, and last week saw Van Sport launch the latest edition – the M-Sport Ranger.

     

    Following the highly acclaimed M-Sport Transit and M-Sport Transit Connect, Van Sport – in collaboration with M-Sport and Carlex Design – launched the Ranger at the Abenteuer and Allrad off-road trade fair in Germany.

     

    Based on the Ranger 3.2 tdci 4x4 double cab pickup, the vehicle includes a range of enhancements including a front bumper conversion, and extensions to the bonnet lip and side arches. A sports exhaust system and Pedders suspension sport pack add to the ride while Lazer lights to the front grill assist main beam for optimum performance. Matte black wing mirrors, door handles, window strips, side steps and tailgate add to the look whilst 18” matte graphite wheels complete this bespoke off-road experience.

     

    The interior enhancements are in keeping with the high quality of all products in the M-Sport range. A full leather interior is complimented by a leather centre armrest and door trims. A sports steering wheel provides further exclusivity whilst privacy glass to the rear windows gives the Ranger a unique finishing touch.

     

    An additional off-road option pack is also available which adds Lazer lights to the roof cover for further visibility and a full Pedders suspension lift kit which raises the vehicle an additional 1.75 inches.

     

    A full under tray body protection kit is also available as well as a limited edition hard-top, lift-up back which provides a sporty and convenient addition.

     

    The M-Sport Ranger will be in full production for September 2016 and available in supporting Ford dealerships throughout both the UK and Europe.

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    Zombie Apocalypse ride I see! :metal:

     

    Chevy's baby Duramax is 2.8L 181hp/369lbs of torque. Be interesting to compare the HP/Torque charts to see which one is more efficient and where everything comes on at. Wonder if Fords 3.2L diesel is better or not than the chevy and what the mpg is in comparison.

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    I'd like to see Chevy do something similar with the Colorado.  The frame is clearly strong enough if it can tow up to 7,700lbs. 

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    Yeah the Trail Boss is just another Chevy sticker package basically... sigh... It looks good and all but it's extremely disappointing knowing they want no part in making it more off-road capable as the looks suggest. 

     

    Chevy is all over the variants in their cars but trucks.. trucks get the autozone specials in comparison. 

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    Yeah, but the Trail Boss doesn't really have any additional off-road capabilities over a non-Trail Boss Colorado.  It's got a transfer case skid plate... that's about it. 

     

    You can read information about the Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Edition here

     

    This is totally disapointingly sad! I might as well just save the 8K in cost for this package and get my crewcab with diesel and take it to 4 Wheel Parts!

     

    :nono:

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    Yeah, but the Trail Boss doesn't really have any additional off-road capabilities over a non-Trail Boss Colorado.  It's got a transfer case skid plate... that's about it. 

     

    You can read information about the Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Edition here

     

    This is totally disapointingly sad! I might as well just save the 8K in cost for this package and get my crewcab with diesel and take it to 4 Wheel Parts!

     

    :nono:

     

    In all seriousness... you could do way more taking it to a shop and handing them 8k to do whatever they want to make it off-road worthy than handing it to GM for black wheels, the bed thingy, lights on said bed thingy, and a black bow tie.

     

    Heck, for a couple grand you could just give it a mild lift with some aggressive tires and it would at least add some ground clearance and make it slightly more off-road worthy. 

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    Uh... GM already has compact pickups in NA with a ZR2 package in the works. It's Ford who needs to get with the program.

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    "in the works" ..We'll believe it when we see it.. 

     

    Everything I just looked up never confirmed anything and it is still just a "concept". 

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    Uh... GM already has compact pickups in NA with a ZR2 package in the works. It's Ford who needs to get with the program.

    Good grief Bong. It wasn't meant that way and you know it. We will see if the ZR2 delivers on the off road front. The Colorado is a sharp damn truck and it deserves a true off road package.

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    Those tubular running boards and the front clip I have read and SEEN how those things infuriate anyone taking the vehicle off-road. They need to be removed because they actually hinder off-road capability

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    You see that?!!! No stupid running boards and no aero-enhancing front clip and standard double cab only so it's a tidy package. Now the ranger thingamajigger is a crewcab, but still.

     

    And the $7000 dollar Trail Boss package that combines Z71 and a transfer case, plus some decals here and there. It's a printing machine for money, but who is stupid enough to go that route?

     

    BTW is GMC supposed to be getting some off-roader? A lot like the Wrangler. Or is that also a hoax? A mythical legend....

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    There've been many spy photos of the actual ZR2 posted to the web.  It looks hot, but will undoubtedly be FAR out of my price range.  And to think I was easily able to afford a brand new '98 ZR2...  :/

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    Thanks for the info in the ZR2, and the underlying reason it hasn't come to light yet: the regular models are selling as fast as they can make them (while farming out commercial vans to Navistar).

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      “Bronco two- and four-door models leverage the company’s Built Ford Tough durability and performance testing and take it even further off-road with Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing in the harshest possible environments, including the brutal trails of the King of the Hammers off-road competition,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford enterprise product line management, Icons.
      Thrilling performance borne of Bronco DNA
      Thanks to Bronco’s legendary Baja racing DNA, each model brings forth a thrilling off-road experience and delivers it with modern, heritage-inspired style. It all began in a Ford design studio with a life-size digital scan of a first-generation model that served to influence the proportions and design of the all-new Bronco for maximum off-road capability and performance.
      “Similar to the first-generation model, Bronco’s square proportions, short overhangs and wide stance are optimized for off-road adventure,” said Paul Wraith, Bronco chief designer. “The side profile features a flat, no-nonsense surface with clear-cut edges and robustly flared fenders. Large, open wheel wells are a modular design with a quick-release attachment for simple customization.
      All-new Bronco architecture for two- and four-door models is based on a fully boxed, high-strength steel chassis that delivers available best-in-class suspension travel – 17 percent more both front and rear over the closest competitor to thrive in rugged environments.
      To deliver thrilling high-speed off-roading and overall driving performance, every Bronco comes with an independent front suspension for improved control, confidence and comfort. At the rear, a rugged solid axle design featuring coil springs with five locating links delivers both strength and off-road control. Long-travel position-sensitive Bilstein® dampers with end-stop control valves at every corner are available for added off-road durability and reduced harshness.
      An available segment-exclusive semi-active hydraulic stabilizer bar disconnect design provides maximum articulation and increased ramp angle index for off-camber terrain. This innovative system bests competitors by disconnecting during articulation; it can reconnect under all conditions to improve steering and stability at higher speeds.
      Segment-first 35-inch off-road tires direct from the factory are available on every trim level of two- and four-door Bronco, while available segment-first beadlock-capable wheels allow customers to elevate off-road capability, regardless of price point. 
      “Race-bred EcoBoost® engines and our segment-first 7-speed manual and available 10-speed automatic transmissions give the all-new Bronco the optimal combination of power, torque and gear ranges to perform in a wide variety of terrains and uses,” said Pericak.
      Best-in-class projected gasoline-powered horsepower and torque is available with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is projected to produce 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is targeted to deliver best-in-class four-cylinder torque of 310 lb.-ft. with an expected 270 horsepower.
      For maximum low-speed rock-climbing capability, a segment-first 7-speed (6+1) manual transmission paired with the available advanced 4x4 system with automatic on-demand engagement generates a class-leading available crawler-gear ratio of 94.75:1. An available segment-first SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission makes for easier driving on- and off-road, while offering a maximum 67.8:1 crawl ratio with the available advanced 4x4 transfer case.
      Ready to head effortlessly into the wild
      Both Bronco two- and four-door models make the open-air experience quick, easy and fun. Two-door models come with a standard three-section roof system – left and right front sections and a rear section – molded-in color and an available premium painted modular top with four sections that adds a removable panel over the rear seats and cargo area. Four-door models have four removable roof sections – left and right front panels, a full-width center panel and a rear section. Roof panels on all models can be removed by one person by unlocking the latches from the interior. First-row panels stow away onboard on two-door models.
      All modular hardtops have rear quarter windows that are removable in three easy steps – snap, push and lift away in a fraction of the time it takes for competitors – without removing the roof panels. By locating the sportbar behind the second row, both Bronco two- and four-door models offer the largest overall open-top view in its class to take in the sunshine or to gaze at the stars at night.
      A cloth soft top, standard on four-door models, provides easy access to the open air and a unique tilt-up function for quick access to the rear cargo area. For customers who don’t want to choose between a soft or hardtop, the four-door model can be optioned with both.
      Every Bronco comes with class-exclusive frameless doors that make them easier to remove than what competitors offer. On four-door Bronco models, all four doors can be stored onboard with protective door bags. Exclusive cowl-mounted mirrors maintain sideview visibility when the doors are removed. Trail sights on the front fenders also serve as tie-downs, reminiscent of the first-generation Bronco, have a 150-pound capacity for securing longer items like canoes.
      High-tech interior designed for the outdoors
      Inside, all Bronco models are purpose-built and ready for action. The instrument panel is inspired by the first-generation model, with gauges and controls clearly visible and intuitive. Colors and materials are inspired by natural palettes and outdoor gear. With off-road functionality paramount, materials are tough and rugged.
      A multifunction color LCD instrument panel is front and center with the transmission shifter/selector and G.O.A.T. Modes controller in the center console. Available grab handles are integrated into the modular instrument panel and center console, while available MOLLE hooks are mounted in the seatbacks. Attachment points are built into the instrument panel to mount a bring-your-own-device rack, with 12-volt power connections to easily mount cameras, navigation units, phones or other devices.
      Further setting Bronco ahead of the off-road competition is an available segment-exclusive 12-inch SYNC® 4 system with over-the-air updates and seamless integration to the FordPass Performance app with off-road navigation – a Bronco class-exclusive feature that allows owners to easily plan, navigate and share their off-road adventures. The SYNC system also displays the available 360-degree camera system with class-exclusive off-road spotter views to provide additional visibility in technical pursuits such as rock crawling.
      Bronco’s advanced topographic trail maps and more than 1,000 curated trail maps are powered by class-exclusive trail content from NeoTreks’ AccuTerra® Maps, Trails Offroad trail guides and FunTreks trail guides.
      “The trail mapping system available on Bronco is truly a game-changer in the off-road community,” said Grueber. “It works online or off on either of the navigation-capable 8- or 12-inch SYNC systems, allowing users to select one of hundreds of available curated trail maps to map out and then track, capture and share their adventures with others.”  
      To make post-adventure cleanups simple, fast and painless, select Bronco models come with washable rubberized floors with integrated drains and marine-grade vinyl seating surfaces that resist mildew. Instrument panel surfaces are wipeable, with seamless silicone rubber on the dash-mounted hero switches, while rubber touchpoints protect against dirt and water. Six available upfitter switches mounted overhead are silicone-sealed to protect against the elements and to make customization easy, with pre-wired leads to key accessory points.
      A modern high-strength steel roll cage with integrated side curtain airbags in the upper structure and seats helps protect passengers from side impacts and complements driver and front passenger airbags. Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technologies plus standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Trailer Sway Control help instill driver confidence.
      Equipment series redefine customization
      An all-new experiential-based equipment series provides unique flexibility to align capability with the adventure interests of each customer. Seven unique Bronco series are offered, with matched color and trim combinations. When combined with four content packages, numerous available options, 11 color choices and more than 200 dealer-installable accessories, personalizing an all-new Bronco SUV has never been easier.
      Series range from a base Bronco, a no-frills SUV for those who want to customize their own, to Big Bend™, Black Diamond™ and Outer Banks™ with a variety of options and colors, topping out with Wildtrak™ and Badlands™ for more extreme off-road adventuring. A limited-production First Edition™ will be offered at launch.
      Reservations begin today

      As with the five generations before it, the all-new 2021 Bronco two-door and four-door models will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. More detailed information, including vehicle specs, accessories and full pricing and options, will be provided closer to launch. MSRP for the base two-door Bronco is $29,995, including $1,495 destination and delivery. Reservations for Bronco two- and four-door models can be made for $100 beginning at 8 p.m. EDT today at ford.com. 

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