2014 Ford Ranger 7-seat SUV A Rumour No Longer, Now In The Metal: Rendered

Tim O'Brien | Mar 11, 2013

UPDATE: The Ford Everest has now been revealed. Click here to see Ford's new SUV.

The Motor Report can exclusively reveal that Ford's Ranger twin-cab ute will soon be joined by a seven-seat SUV stablemate.

Long rumoured to be in development, the new car is designed for the same T6 platform underpinning the current Ranger.

And, as confirmed by a rock-solid source from within Michigan USA, the new car is now sitting 'in the metal' preparatory to its first public showing. No longer a rumour, we'll be seeing Ford's new SUV sooner than you may have thought.

UPDATE: The Ford Everest has now been revealed. Click here to see Ford's new SUV.

Our source, closely associated with its development, confirmed that a seven-seat Ranger SUV show concept has been completed in recent weeks, painted and prepped and with all body engineering finalised.

He also confirmed that it was destined "for you guys", for Asian, South-east Asian and Australian markets.

Our renderings, shown above and below, offer one look at how the new SUV might turn out, borrowing wagon styling from current Ford models like the overseas Explorer and the homegrown Territory.

Though the Ranger upon which it is based is not available in the North American market - it would apparently lean too heavily on that essential Ford icon, Ford's barnstorming F-Series - you can put your money on the Ranger SUV making an appearance at the Bangkok Motor Show on March 27, and perhaps in New York on March 29.

And, shortly after, you can lock in an announcement from Ford's Thai factory of a date for production to begin.

When speaking with TMR last year at the launch of Ford Australia's newly refurbished Design Centre at Campbellfield, Ford public affairs director Sinead Phipps underscored the importance of the Ranger project, and of Ford's global ambitions for it beyond the current vehicle.

"Ranger is just the first vehicle for the T6 platform," she said then.

Above: is this the coming Ranger SUV? Art - Theophilus Chin.
Above: is this the coming Ranger SUV? Art - Theophilus Chin.

Ford has a blanket policy not to comment on future model plans, but an SUV version of the highly awarded and strong-selling Ranger was always likely to be in prospect.

It simply makes sense in Ford's global model spread. Here in Australia, with the Colorado 7 now finding a place in this market with a Holden badge in the nose, a hard-working off-road SUV sporting the blue-oval makes even more sense.

While then declining to confirm the model, Ford Australia general marketing manager David Katic told Fairfax media in July 2011 that Ford would "be mad not consider all opportunities for the platform" and that it provides "lots of flexibilty to put more weight, SUV-type weight on it".

Mad indeed. The speculation can now end; the gestation may have been long but the Ranger SUV's first public appearance is imminent.

The name of the new model remains a mystery however, with reports suggesting the older overseas Ranger-based 'Everest' SUV will donate its name. We could also see the return of the Ford Raider name.

Of course, Ford Australia's local design team can be expected to have had a heavy hand in the development of this vehicle as it did in the development of the Ranger.

UPDATE: The Ford Everest has now been revealed. Click here to see Ford's new SUV.


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  • AUSDAVIDZ
    AUSDAVIDZ says,
    1 year ago
    4 likes
    This, depending on the price, will steal sales from the Aussie built Territory sad

    Not sure thats a good thing sad

    Live axle with leaf springs rear end?
    • Doctor says,
      1 year ago
      5 likes
      Different market - this is a proper 4WD whereas the Terry is a AWD softroader or a FWD pretender.
      • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
        1 year ago
        1 like
        Many will also prefer the more manageable dimensions of the Territory and its (comparatively) nicer interior.
      • Smart us says,
        1 year ago
        2 likes
        terry is either AWD or RWD
  • OutbackOZ
    OutbackOZ says,
    1 year ago
    2 likes
    Doctor, the territory is RWD & AWD not FWD!

    Cant wait to see this in Oz, Will do bloody great out in the bush.
    Cost, i don’t think it will be a expensive as the Toyota Pardos and if the Ranger is anything to go by the SUV will be better then the Pardo too. Might force the likes of the Y61 Patrol to drop there price below $50k depending on the Ranger SUV price.
    If the Ranger SUV is priced around $50-60K then not many will buy a Patrol.
  • MattJelonek
    MattJ says,
    1 year ago
    Question. A 4WD like this and the Colorado 7 Holden have - are they real 4WD's? Is the chassis any good? Because I know the US Ford Explorer is a 4WD body bolted onto a Taurus chassis or a Ford platform of some sort.... I'm just curious as the Mitsubishi Triton and Challenger are the same...
    • pro346 says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      Both are real 4*4.... low range gearing and proper chassissmile
  • Shaun says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Possibility for the return of the Explorer nameplate?
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      MattJ: The Colorado and Ranger are both legit off-roading 4WD with ladder-chassis architecture, and their 'SUV' counterparts are/will-be also.

      Shaun: The Explorer name is still in the US on an unrelated Ford SUV. smile
    • Zandit75 says,
      1 year ago
      More than likely we will see the return of the Raider Nameplate.biggrin
      • CP says,
        1 year ago
        1 like
        This is great! The return of the full size 4wd at a decent price. Should undercut Prado and any other big fourbie by at least $10k. Hopefully they sell it as base version as well as high spec.
  • David says,
    1 year ago
    4 likes
    It is mega fugly.....bleh
    • DE says,
      1 year ago
      3 likes
      ... and you can tell this from a speculative photoshop? Yeah right!

      Anyway this will be so much better than the Colarado7.
      • David says,
        1 year ago
        1 like
        all Rangers are ugly and boring....yankie looking crap
        • CAZZO says,
          1 year ago
          1 like
          Not at all, and maybe the bery best ute for sale in aus
          • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
            1 year ago
            I agree, Cazzo. Great looking pickup. Along with the Amarok, it's one of the nicest looking in the segment.
  • Ron says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Great engine, will sell well if it can achieve the 5 star ancap safety rating, hope the interior is up to standard. All the best ford with this one I will buy it over the Territory for the engine.
  • Mr Blue says,
    1 year ago
    Sorry, but its quite amusing reading all these posts. I work in the design studio which has developed the the New Ranger SUV and I can tell you, it looks nothing like the picture above....
    • Mike Stevens
      Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      Such is life, non? We can only go on what we have, after all.

      Looking forward to seeing the product of your efforts (hopefully it looks as good as we reckon our rendering does)!
    • OutbackOZ
      OutbackOZ says,
      1 year ago
      Mr Blue, if you do work in the design team. Can you at least say if it will go IRS??? Cheers
    • Ron says,
      1 year ago
      Mr blue how far are we from production and is it in right hand form for Australia.
      • Bob says,
        1 year ago
        I'm assuming that as a RHD pick up based wagon built here in Thailand, it's going to be along the lines of, but hopefully better than the other offerings manufactured here.

        EG:
        Toyota: Fortuna [Hilux]
        Izuzu: MU7 [D Max]
        GM Chevrolet: Trailblazer [Colorado]
        Mitsubishi: Pajero Sport [Triton]

        So that's gonna mean a live rear axle with drum brakes. As the Mitsy is the only one available in Oz, I wouldn't hold my breath for the Ford Everest/Endeavour arriving down under.mad

        As an aside, the Ford Everest is expected to come in at around 1.5m THB in Thailand for the up spec model. The Territory Titanium spec is available at 3m THB...

        I know what I'll be buying! biggrin

      • Bob says,
        1 year ago
        Oops, my last post was wrong. I see the Chevy Trailblazer aka Colorado 7 is available in Oz - wonder if Ford'll make room for the new kid in its line up.
  • Luke says,
    1 year ago
    Spotted with camo attached today on the Monash freeway in melbourne
  • Josh Jacobs says,
    1 year ago
    Well, looks like the territory's days are numbered....at least it's being replaced with something a whole lot tougher
  • Bryan says,
    1 year ago
    I hope that Ford have the good sense to leave the overall length the same as the Ranger dual cab and not cut about 25cm off like Holden did with the Colorado 7; I know it will be a long car but the extra space inside will be very useful. My wife and I have been shopping for a 7 seat wagon that still has a useful amount of luggage space when the 3rd row of seats are up and there are very few of them out there - you can either have seven seats and little to no luggage space or five seats and a cargo area. If the third row of seats can fold flat in to the floor and be raised individually that will be even better! Oh, and I want all this in an economical and capable four wheel drive, shouldn't be too hard...
  • Amanda says,
    11 months ago
    So where can I put my order in? I need it now!!
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