Ford has pulled the covers off the eagerly-awaited new Ranger pick-up, which gets a striking new look and overhauled interior.

At a time when many firms are stopping selling pick-ups in the UK, Ford is remaining dedicated to the market – not surprising considering the Ranger has a 40 per cent share of the European truck market.

Though the new Ranger won’t go on sale for another year, and deliveries won’t start in Europe until 2023, Ford says it’s putting the ‘global pick-up world on notice’.

The new Ranger gets a bold new design inspired by the F150 pick-up, including a more imposing grille and new C-shaped wraparound headlights. It’s also both longer and wider than its predecessor – the latter meaning it can now carry a euro pallet in its pick-up bed for the first time.

Under the bonnet, Ford has added a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine in response to customers wanting something better suited to towing heavy loads and more extreme off-roading. A pair of smaller 2.0-litre diesel engines will also be offered, while Ford has also hinted that ‘other propulsion technologies’ are on the way, hinting at either a hybrid or electric version in the future.

Inside, Ford says the Ranger is more ‘car-like’ than before, with greater soft-touch materials being used throughout. A large new portrait touchscreen, measuring either 10 or 12 inches, is also fitted, using the firm’s latest Sync 4 media system. Many physical controls have been moved onto the screen, which also allows for greater connected functions too.

Ford is also promising improvements to the way the Ranger drives both on and off the tarmac, with changes to the suspension and moving the wheels further forward enabling a greater articulation.

A raft of useful touches have also been introduced to the pick-up bed to maximise usability, including a special step behind the rear wheels that helps you more easily get items out of the back, while the tailgate itself can double up as a mobile workbench with an integrated ruler and clamp pockets in it. Full 360-degree lighting also lets you carry on with your work even when night falls.

Further details of the Ranger will be announced on the run up to its on-sale date.