2001 Ford Ranger Overview

    Product Information 
    Features & Options


    Compact pickup leader offers even more

    “As the best-selling compact pickup for 13 straight years, Ranger
    has a heritage of delivering what customers are asking for – and
    more. But the best never rest, and we worked hard to ensure that
    the 2001Ranger builds on its solid base and then goes an extra step
    to deliver even more.”
    Gurminder Bedi – Vice President, Ford
    North American Truck

    For 2001, the “Built Ford Tough” Ranger – sales leader among compact
    pickups for the past 13 years – has more power, more performance,
    more personality and the type of refinement not often found in
    working-hard, playing-hard compact pickups.

    The 2001-model
    Ranger, easily identifiable by its bold new styling and new trim
    levels, is designed to offer customers more choices within the
    compact pickup market. Design elements from Ford’s F-Series pickups
    give a visual cue to the Ranger’s tough-truck evolution. On 4×4 XLT
    and an all-new Edge series, the hood is raised – giving a hint at
    the added power under the hood. Alternative grille treatments
    include high-tech mesh or the more traditional two-bar chrome grille
    cues creating a strong family resemblance.

    Under the hood,
    Ranger offers three engine choices: a new optional 4.0-liter SOHC
    V-6, which produces 207 horsepower, 29 percent increase than the
    previous model’s V-6; a 3.0-liter OHV V-6, and an I-4 engine. At
    introduction, the 2.5-liter I-4 engine currently offered in the
    Ranger will be available. Later this winter, an all-new I-4 engine
    will be introduced.

    Ranger’s suspension has been revised to
    accommodate the new engines and to provide refined ride-and-handling
    characteristics. Changes include updated front-end geometry,
    stabilizer bar rates, spring rates, upgraded bushings and shock
    tuning modifications. The 2001 Ranger also has a quieter interior
    cabin, thanks to improvements made to isolate noise vibration and
    harshness (NVH). Stopping performance also is improved through the
    use of a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake
    force distribution (EBD) and innovations in the braking system that
    optimize braking performance with the vehicle loaded or empty.


    Ranger is available in three trim-levels
    and several configurations to deliver a wide range of choices to
    customers. Customers in the compact truck segment often “customize”
    their trucks by buying a base-model and adding accessories to suit
    their taste. Aiding the ability to customize, the 2001 Ranger will
    be available as a Regular Cab or SuperCab, with three wheelbase
    choices, a traditional Styleside or a more distinct Flareside box
    and several payload capabilities. The SuperCab version, most
    popular with buyers, is expected to account for more than 60 percent
    of sales.

    In addition to the value-level XL and the most
    popular XLT model, the Ranger has a new trim level for 2001 – the


    The Edge, with its aggressive styling
    and high stance, is a new series aimed at young, active-lifestyle
    customers who want a vehicle with a distinctive appearance at an
    affordable price. Edge is positioned in the Ranger stable between
    the XL and XLT models and offers custom appearance and performance
    features normally not found at this price level.

    Key Edge
    features include:

    • Monochromatic exterior, available in red,
      white, blue, black or Chrome Yellow
    • 4×4 ride height, even in 4×2
    • Bed rail and raised power dome hood
    • A durable
      interior with vinyl floor, for easy cleanup
    • A four-speaker CD
      system with Dolby, AM/FM stereo and 60 watts of power
    • Custom
      wheels and tires, with tow hooks, fog lamps and a mesh-type grille
    • 3.0-liter V-6 engine, coupled with a five-speed manual
      transmission, both standard
    • Air conditioning


    The 2001 Ranger is available with a 4×2 or 4×4 powertrain and three
    engines: an optional 4.0-liter SOHC V-6, a 3.0-liter OHV V-6 and an
    I-4 engine.

    New for 2001 is the optional 4.0-liter SOHC V-6,
    which boasts 207 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and produces 238 ft.-lbs.
    of torque at 3,000 rpm. The new 4.0-liter SOHC gives customers an
    increase of 47 horsepower over the previous model.

    4.0-liter SOHC engine is coupled with either a new five-speed
    automatic transmission with adaptive shift technology or a
    heavy-duty, five-speed manual transmission.

    The 3.0-liter OHV
    V-6 engine will continue to be offered on Ranger and is standard on
    4x4s, SuperCabs and the Edge series. It produces 150 horsepower at
    5,000 rpm and 185 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3,750 rpm.

    2.5-liter SEFI I-4, currently offered on the Ranger, will remain in
    the 2001 Ranger powertrain lineup until later this winter, when it
    will be replaced by an all-new I-4 engine. The I-4 engine is
    standard on the XL and XLT 4×2 Regular Cab models. The 2.5-liter
    I-4, available at introduction, achieves 119 horsepower at 5,000 rpm
    and 146 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3,000 rpm. Further details regarding
    the all-new I-4 engine will be provided at a later date.

    Special Package

    In addition to the new Edge series, the
    Ranger Tremor will be offered as an optional audio package. It
    brings an aftermarket-grade audio system to a compact pickup. First
    introduced in summer 2000, Tremor includes a premium, high-powered
    stereo with 560 watts of power and a custom designed-in subwoofer
    enclosure that fits nicely in the rear floor area. In order to
    accommodate the built-in subwoofer, the Tremor package only is
    available in Ranger SuperCab models. The stereo system has been
    tuned to deliver tonal accuracy and imaging over a wide audio
    spectrum, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.

    It includes:

    • In-dash Pioneer CD, cassette and AM/FM stereo with selectable
      audio profiles. It also has an upgradeable Double-DIN head unit and
      13-band graphic display.
    • A subwoofer housing built onto the
      floor behind the front seats. The housing offers three cubic feet
      of space for the 10-inch bass speaker to perform its function of
      pumping out sound. Storage bins replace the normal jump seats
      because the speaker housing takes up literally all the rear floor
    • Four two-way Pioneer speakers which are mounted in the
      doors and rear passenger area.

    The Environment

    In addition to achieving fuel economy ratings of up to 29 miles per
    gallon, both Ranger V-6 engines sold in the United States are
    certified as Low Emission Vehicles (LEV), further demonstrating our
    commitment to the environment. Ranger also is 90 percent recyclable
    by weight.

    Ranger will continue to be offered as an Electric
    Vehicle (EV) to customers in California. The EV Ranger will feature
    carryover styling and be equipped with advanced nickel metal hydride
    (NiMH) batteries. The NiMH Ranger EV offers useful range and

    Market Trend

    The compact pickup truck
    market has grown from total sales of approximately 500,000 in 1980
    to 1.4 million vehicles in 1986. Since then, segment sales have
    been in the range of one million units a year.

    Ford sold
    104,396 Ranger compact trucks in 1982, the first year the model was
    available. Since then, more than five million Ranger trucks have
    been produced.

    Ranger quickly became the segment’s sales
    leader, a position it has held since 1987, with sales consistently
    in the range of 300,000 units. Ranger unit sales reached 348,358 in
    1999, when it captured a record share of the compact pickup market
    segment, at 32.2 percent. First-half sales figures for 2000
    indicate that Ranger will retain its segment sales leadership this
    calendar year.


    In addition to the U.S. and
    Canada, the Ford Ranger is sold in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
    Islands, South America, Central America, Caribbean Islands, Guam,
    New Caledonia, Saipan, Tahiti, and U.S. Samoa. In South America,
    where Ranger serves as family transportation for many customers,
    Ranger is offered in a four-door crew-cab configuration.

    Assembly Plants

    The 2001 Ranger will be built at Ford’s
    Twin Cities, Minn., and Edison, N.J., assembly plants in the U.S.
    The new models begin production in the summer of 2000 and will begin
    arriving in dealer showrooms in late summer or early fall of 2000.