April 16, 2003
2004 Ford Ranger gets new seats, freshened styling
Dearborn, Michigan – The 2004 Ford Ranger pickup is getting all-new seats, audio system and aggressive exterior styling.
The 2004 Ranger features design cues from the all-new 2004 F-150. An all-new front fascia with power dome hood and nostril grille highlight Ranger’s aggressive stance in three new Clearcoat Metallic colors: Dark Shadow Grey, Dark Green Satin and Silver.
Inside, Ranger offers all-new seats with optional all-new leather-trimmed seat surfaces with late availability in both split bench and sport bucket seat configurations. “We did extensive market and internal research to develop a seat that feels great when you first sit in it as well as after you’ve been in it for hours,” said O’Leary. “We have also met future safety regulations to provide our customers a seat that is comfortable, safe and attractive.”
Sculpted bolsters and adjustable options hold you in place off-roading. Rally-style gauge clusters are added for 2004. FX4 offers black-face clusters and brushed aluminum gauges, while Edge and Tremor sport a white-faced display.
In 2001, Ranger became the first vehicle in its segment to introduce an AM/FM CD/MP3 player. In 2004, it will offer an all-new Pioneer Stereo System delivering 290-peak watts of power through nine speakers. The system also features an integrated power subwoofer unique to its segment.
Its suspension is revised with improved bushings, springs and tires. Retuned shocks are optimized for improved ride without sacrificing handling. Ranger’s two off-road packages feature proven heavy-duty equipment. The FX4/Level II is fitted with retuned Bilstein shocks that improve control, handling and performance. BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A Tires and Alcoa forged aluminum wheels round out Ranger’s rugged profile. Tremor and Edge models feature improved shock tuning and 16-inch aluminum wheels and tires.
Under the hood, the 2004 Ranger offers three engines, including a recently introduced 2.3-liter I-4 and two V-6 engines. The 2.3-liter I-4 produces 143 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 154 foot-pounds of torque at 3,750 rpm, thanks to new intake and exhaust camshafts, throttle body, exhaust manifold and engine calibration.
Ranger’s 3.0-litre V-6 engine produces 154 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 180 foot-pounds of torque at 3900 rpm. The torque profile of the 3.0-liter was modified in 2002 to provide better drivability and improved fuel economy and towing capability. This engine is standard on all 4×2 SuperCab models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission.
Ranger also is available with a 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 that produces 207 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 238 foot-pounds of torque at 3,000 rpm. All three engines are available with a five-speed automatic transmission or a heavy-duty, five-speed manual transmission.
The Ranger is built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. and Edison Assembly Plant in Edison, New Jersey.