Ford is introducing a new chassis cab option for its Ranger pick-up, which will easily allow converters to adapt the popular truck for a variety of uses.

Chassis cab options are already popular in the van world as they allow these vehicles to be transformed into flat beds and tippers, for example, and now Ford is expanding the range of choice with its Ranger.

It’s the first time Ford has officially offered a chassis cab option, and it brings a heavy-duty leaf suspension setup and flat rear surface for converters to build vehicles from – up to a 3,270kg gross vehicle mass. It also offers a maximum 3,500kg maximum towing capacity.

Available in a single-cab and just in ‘XL’ trim, customers can either go to their own converters or use Ford’s network of 160 approved specialists to have the van adapted for uses such as construction, forestry, military and mountain rescue operations.

It also uses a 168bhp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine that’s designed to deal with heavy loads and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and features selectable four-wheel-drive as standard.

Paul Baynes, conversions manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe, said: “We’ve built the Ranger chassis cab for customers who work in the most demanding environments and need a tough, off-road vehicle to carry their specialist kit.

“Combined with Ford’s extensive converter network, the Ranger chassis cab enables our customers to get the job done, wherever they work.”

No prices have been announced yet, but Ford has said the Ranger chassis cab will be available to order from January.