Changing times call for changing ideas of what a chassis should be like. Ford ditched the plans and jigs for Ranger’s old underpinnings and came up with a new sexy-looking chassis – the longitudinal rails are curvy – for a whole host of reasons, but perhaps primarily to provide killer (in the good sense) crushability. Whack this baby into a wall at 50km/h (see photo) and the cabin doesn’t know anything’s happened. Other reasons included better rigidity, addressing NVH, and improving driveline clearances for off roading.
|Gary Boes, the American who headed the Ranger programme, discusses the vehicle during the launch.|