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Tougher look for Ford truck


Ford New Zealand has released a photograph of the all-new Courier light truck range that will go on sale here at the end of 2006.

The new Courier debuted as the Ranger – as it is known in Thailand – at the Bangkok International Motor Show.

Two new common rail four-cylinder diesel engines will be offered in the Courier a 2.5-litre and a more powerful 3.0-litre version.

Matched to a five-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, the motors will ensure the new Courier has a maximum towing capacity of 3000kg (braked)

The new Courier has a tougher, more muscular look.

Large, pronounced wheelarches add to the muscular presence. The truck runs 16-inch wheels and all-terrain tyres.

The interior has sedan-like touches. The three-cluster instrument panel is complemented by a bright chrome centre stack, housing the integrated MP3 compatible CD player and AM/FM radio.

The truck has cup holders, and two one-litre bottle holders.

The new ladder frame chassis adds increased rigidity, and a tougher and more durable suspension contributes to improved ride quality. Steering has been optimised for easy handling at low speeds and firmer steering at highway cruising speeds.

The brake system has Electronic Brake Force Distribution automatically adjusting to the load.

Driver and passenger airbags are standard, as are three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners.

Ground clearance has been increased for better ramp-over angle.

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