Say you are searching for a small pickup truck, minus the pickup mattress. It may appear pointless—does a bedless pickup turn out to be only a truck? A two-seat oddity?—but when it strikes you as such, you in all probability do not dwell within the industrial realm, the place upfitters bolt any variety of helpful, sometimes specialised configurations to the chassis behind the truck’s cab. To open up its midsize Ranger pickup to such prospects, Ford is releasing a brand new chassis-cab model, sans cargo mattress, however solely in Europe.
The bedless Ranger is a clean canvas for…no matter a builder want to do to it. Go forward, bolt on a flatbed, or an enclosed cargo field, or perhaps a growth. (Ford has helpfully illustrated a couple of of these choices right here.) Ford Europe says its Ranger chassis cab, which relies on the worldwide Ranger that differs barely from the mannequin bought right here, comes normal with a diesel engine and four-wheel drive. It additionally provides all-terrain tires and a locking rear differential, making it an excellent place to begin for some sort of superior journey tenting automobile. Or simply the world’s coolest cherry picker.
Sadly, the Ranger is not provided as a chassis cab in America. It was, however Ford says it’s dropping the choice for 2021 as a consequence of buyer disinterest. Ford’s bigger F-150 provides such a variant and the Ranger’s key competitor, the Chevrolet Colorado, was additionally not too long ago obtainable with a bed-delete possibility (since dropped, it seems, as properly).
Ford does have this Ranger-sized house moreover lined in America by means of the $32,900 Transit van chassis cab mannequin, a two-seat Transit lacking its butt. The Transit chassis cab is priced close to the low finish of the vary, and can also be obtainable in “cutaway” type, which means the bottom of the cab is actually open and able to be mated to distinctive rear bodywork resembling a bus physique or camper setup. (The chassis cab mannequin has an enclosed, two-seat cab.) 4-wheel drive is not obtainable on the Transit, however a 3.5-liter fuel V-6 engine is included, together with a 1o-speed automated transmission and a 9,070-lb GVWR—notably greater than the abroad Ranger chassis cab’s 7,210-pound ranking.