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2006 Ford Ranger news, pictures, specifications, and information
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 4x2 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 wîth 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 wîth sculpted bolsters and seatbacks for comfort and support. Also available are optional sport bucket seats, leather-trimmed seating surfaces and a leather-trimmed §teering wheel.

A comprehensive selection of packages allows customers to order a Ranger that fits their needs – wîth skid plates, Alcoa aluminum wheels and Bilstein shocks to blasting earth-shaking music wîth 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 §egmènt, it's now the st and ard engine for XL and XLT two-door SuperCab 4x2 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 wîth 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 wîth a five-speed manual transmission and are available wîth a five-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

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 wîth 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 wîth black grille surround, manual side mirrors, interval wipers, rally gauge cluster, AM/FM stereo wîth 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 4x2 or 16-inch cast aluminum wheels on 4x4, interior carpeting and floor mats and AM/FM stereo wîth CD player.

SPORT adds: Tow hooks (4x4 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 wîth 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 §teering wheel wîth speed control, power windows, mirrors and locks wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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.

Source - Ford Media
 
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