2001 Ford Ranger

The newly facelifted Ford Ranger includes enhancements that go more than skin deep. A new engine and suspension tweaks make this more than your run-of-the-mill mid-lifecycle freshening.

First up in the improved Ranger lineup is the Ranger Edge - a limited production

version of the Ranger aimed at the GenX / Xtreme sport set. Ford Presiden Jim O' Connor states that with this addition to the Ranger lineup Ford is responding to the demand of, "customers with active lifestyles (who) seek a vehicle that features driving and performance versatility. We are responding...by offering a Ranger that is tough, athletic and on the edge."

The Ranger Edge sports a new mesh grille, reminiscent of a cross between the current full size F-Series and Explorer Sport Trac, blending nicely into the prominent chin and integrated foglights in the front bumper. Revised headlights, mono-chromatic paint and a 'Power Dome' hood all combine to provide aggressive visual styling elements that cue the Edge is different. From the A-pillar back the rest of the truck is almost an exact duplicate of the 2000 Ford Ranger. Pickup box rail protectors and 16-inch five spoke wheels also set this truck apart. A bed extender and two piece front lockable tonneau cover is also optional.

The Edge offers a brand new optional 4.0L V6 SOHC engine that pumps out 205 horsepower and 235 ft-lb. of torque providing the power to reinforce the muscular looks it wears. With the new V6 the Edge will be able to tow up to 5,640 pounds. The 4.0 only comes with an automatic transmission but buyers can choose a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. Of special note is that 4x2 version of the Edge has the same ride height as the 4x4.

Standard engine on the Edge is Ford's tried and true 3.0L V6, which arrives with either a manual or automatic transmission, producing 150 horsepower and 185 ft.-lbs of torque.

Looking at the rest of the Ranger lineup, a new 2.5L inline four cylinder engine will be offered as an option on regular cab 4x2 trucks starting in November. The smaller engine is rated at 119 horsepower and 146 ft.-lbs. of torque.

The chassis on all the Rangers has been revised including a new suspension up front. Every truck now comes with standard ABS.

In the interior new fabric is used in the seats and side door body molding has been revised. The Edge shares the same washable floor as found in the Explorer Sport Trac.