Ford Motors Philippines flew us in to Thailand to witness the Asian unveiling of their all-new Ford Ranger truck and also attend the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show happening this week.
Yesterday, they gave us a sneak peek of the new Ford Ranger although not much details were shared about the Philippine release.
There will be 3 variants — from a 2.2L engine to 2.5L and 3.2L Duratorq TDCi for gas and diesel engines. The Ford Ranger is among the new vehicles that follow the One Ford platform — meaning, the same design/models will be released in all markets from US to Europe and Asia.
Just like the Ford Fiesta we attended last time, the Ford Ranger also offers some hi-tech features like Bluetooth with Voice Control and a Rear-View Camera System.
We didn’t really see much of the interiors yesterday as most of the time were spent doing interviews with executives. We’ll be traveling to the Bangkok Motor Show today (about 1.5hours away from Shangri-la Hotel were we stayed ) so I might get some more free time with the Ranger and other tech stuff they might have on display there.
Here are some of the specs sheet and press release given to me during the launch.
I overheard Ford will be launching the Ranger in the Philippines some time later this year (most probably in December 2011) and won’t be releasing units or pricing information until 1st quarter of the following year. I reckon they still want to sell the remaining inventories of the Ford Ranger before moving to the new model. Really don’t know much about cars but I’m glad to be in the crowd of motoring journalists and learning a lot along the way.