The all-new Ford Ranger - the latest in a wave of global cars - made its worldwide debut at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show. The all-new Ford Ranger has a comprehensive presence and promises to give pickup truck owners more can-do capability and a transformed truck ownership experience.
From cool gains in performance and security to exceptional towing capability, the next-generation Ford Ranger emerges as a clear segment leader. It not only builds on the huge Ford Ranger heritage of pickup truck capability, but it also gives truck owners a roomy, convenient, feature-filled dashboard and sophisticated driving experience they would expect to find only in a vehicle.
Amongst the most innovative in its segment, Ford Ranger is the cool result of an all-new global compact pickup truck platform from Ford - the latest to emerge under the company's One Ford initiative - and Mazda. It changes two previous-generation compact truck platforms currently in production to present a new face of Built Ford Tough to buyers around the world.
Built on innovation, it boasts a list of technologies and features to lead the segment - including a new Rearview Camera System, Back Park Assist, Trailer Sway Control and Adaptive Load Control. Ford plans to reveal even more new Ford Ranger technologies in the coming months.
The Chevrolet S-10 (and alike GMC S-15 and Sonoma) was a compact pickup truck from the GMC marquee of Basic Motors. When first presented in 1982, the GMC version was known as the S-15. A high-performance version was the GMC Syclone. The truck was also sold by Isuzu as the Hombre from 1996 via 2000. There was also an SUV version, the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer/gmc S-15 Jimmy. Together, these trucks are often referred to as the S-series.
The second-generation trucks appeared in 1994. All of the special models (the Syclone, Typhoon, and Sonoma GT) were gone, but the changes to the truck brought it in line with arch-rival Ford Ranger. The Iron Duke and 2. 8 L 60° V6 engines were dropped, leaving just the 4. 3 L Vortec and a new 2. 2 L motor, itself a derivative of the old Cavalier OHV. A high-output version of the 4. 3 was provided on the "ss" model.
Much of the chassis elements were the same as the first generation (the A-frames between the first and second generation were the same although they were originally sourced from Gm's G-body car lineup, along with the steering knuckle, leaf springs, and differential assembly (the second generation has an 8. 5" back differential on some 4 x 4s).
The 4. 3 L engines were refreshed for 1996 and a third (rear) door was added for extended-cab models. The look, dashboard, brakes, and 2. 2 L motor were refreshed for 1998, and "auto-trac" all-wheel drive was auxillary starting in 1999 for the Blazers. Also the SS suite was replaced by the "xtreme" sports model suite. In 2002 a Crewcab feature was added and was available in 4WD and Automatic transmission only.