- Design changes include revised bumper colors, horizontal grille insert, rugged fender flares, clear-lens parking lamps, new tail lamps and fog lamps and a 9-inch Ford oval on the grille and tailgate; Ranger windshield logo is st and ard on all versions
- Two-tone paint scheme on FX4/Off-Road and Level II models
- 2.3-liter four-cylinder is st and ard in XL and XLT two-door SuperCab 4×2 versions
- FX4/Off-Road now available in two-door as well as four-door SuperCab
- Ranger Edge is now Ranger Sport
- New colors include Screaming Yellow Clearcoat, Torch Red Clearcoat, Redfire Clearcoat Metallic
- Rugged textured vinyl flooring with front slush mats st and ard on FX4/Off-Road and FX4/Level II
- Bedrail and tailgate top lip protector st and ard on FX4
- Options now include two 15-inch Alcoa forged aluminum wheels, body-color side moldings, exp and ed Bright Appearance Package, new Bright Trim Package, and new XLT 4×2 Appearance Package
- Limited-slip rear axle and Payload Package #2 are now available on STX
2006 Ford Ranger
New for 2006
Ford Ranger has been America ’s best-selling compact pickup for 18 years running, offering genuine “Built Ford Tough” heritage in a high-quality high-value package. It has been honored five consecutive years for highest ownership loyalty by R. L. Polk & Co.
For 2006, Ranger has a more aggressive, bolder, athletic appearance and exp and s its choices of packages and powertrains. The efficient 2.3-liter engine is now available in XL and XLT two-door SuperCab 4×2 versions, while FX4/Off-Road Rangers now come in the two-door SuperCab body style.
With thous and s of available configurations, there’s a customized Ranger for every buyer.
It is built in St. Paul , Minn. , at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant.
Design and Equipment
The 2006 Ranger is available in XL, STX, XLT, SPORT, FX4 and FX4 Level II trims, in Regular Cab and two- and four-door SuperCab configurations. A 7-foot box option is available on XL and XLT Regular Cab Styleside models.
Key exterior design elements include aggressive valance and power-dome hood structures and a nostril grille, consistent with the rest of the Ford Truck lineup. This year, changes to the front and rear of the truck further link it to its larger brothers – particularly the prominent 9-inch Ford ovals front and rear.
The sporty and functional interior features seats with sculpted bolsters and seatbacks for comfort and support. Also available are optional sport bucket seats, leather-trimmed seating surfaces and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.
A comprehensive selection of packages allows customers to order a Ranger that fits their needs – with skid plates, Alcoa aluminum wheels and Bilstein shocks to blasting earth-shaking music with the Tremor package.
Powertrain and Chassis
Ranger offers three engine choices, including a 2.3-liter I-4 and two V-6 engines.
The 2.3-liter DOHC I-4 produces 143 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 154 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. With the highest fuel economy in the compact pickup segment, it’s now the st and ard engine for XL and XLT two-door SuperCab 4×2 versions.
Ranger’s 3.0-liter OHV V-6 engine is capable of producing 148 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 180 pound-feet of torque at 3,950 rpm.
Ranger also is available with a 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 that produces 207 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 238 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. All three engines are equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and are available with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Four-wheel-drive and comprehensive chassis upgrades are available for off-road use.
Safety and Security
Ranger includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, air bags and safety belts with front pretensioners for outboard seating positions and side intrusion door beams as st and ard equipment. LATCH child seat mounts are provided in the front passenger seat on all models.
Major Features and Options
XL: 15-inch steel wheels, black front and rear bumpers, black bar-style grille with black grille surround, manual side mirrors, interval wipers, rally gauge cluster, AM/FM stereo with clock, black vinyl flooring and 60/40 vinyl split bench seat (cloth on SuperCab).
XLT adds: Chrome front and rear bumpers, chrome grille surround, styled side mirrors, 15-inch, seven-spoke steel wheels on 4×2 or 16-inch cast aluminum wheels on 4×4, interior carpeting and floor mats and AM/FM stereo with CD player.
SPORT adds: Tow hooks (4×4 only), body-color grille surround, bumpers and wheel-lip moldings, honeycomb grille, three wheel variations, textured vinyl flooring, white-faced rally gauges, AM/FM stereo with MP3/CD player and cassette, air conditioning and cloth split-bench seat.
FX4 adds: Limited-slip rear axle, black wheel-lip moldings, skid plates, premium shocks, step bars, 16-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels, all-terrain tires, rear jump seats, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed control, power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry.
FX4 Level II adds: Torsen limited-slip rear axle, bright front tow hooks, rear tow hook, 15-inch forged Alcoa aluminum wheels with 31-inch by 10.5-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain “KO” T/A tires, skid plates front, mid and aft, Bilstein shocks, unique two-tone bucket seats, center console, chrome shifter (manual) and AM/FM stereo with MP3/CD player and cassette.
Options include Tremor package, Class III towing, payload package, limited slip axle, chrome trim package, power equipment group, privacy glass, automatic transmission, leather-trimmed seats, four-wheel drive, Regular or SuperCab configurations, 6- or 7-foot cargo box, bed extender, bed liner and sliding rear window.