Ranger’s Interior is Built for the Toughest Passengers

Climbing mountain trails, hauling construction materials or driving your children to work, the Ford Ranger’s renowned versatility balances tough capabilities and performance with car-like refinement will get the job done. Not only is the Ranger a tough truck, but it is also a great vehicle to sit in. Much like the overall vehicle, the Ranger’s interior needs also to balance high quality and durable materials with a comfortable and plush finish. That’s why the design and engineering teams at Ford dedicate time to choose and test the interior materials, ensuring us that they will stand the test of time.

All Ford vehicles must go through a battery of quality and durability test. This is also said for the interior materials most especially for the Ranger. Since the Ranger customer’s lifestyle is a unique blend of work and play the interior demands a high level of durability. The materials inside the Ford Ranger have been designed to handle everything customers can throw at them, whether it is mud and tools, wear and tear from extended road trips or the ultimate test— kids on their way to school. The Ranger is designed to endure it all.

Throughout the design process, Ford subjected hundreds of different materials to thousands of hours of testing to ensure they are not only tough enough to meet the standards expected of a truck used for demanding work but are also comfortable and at home in any environment. Ranger’s interior was subjected to three major tests, one of which could even be considered from the medieval times!

The Scratch Test
The Ranger’s surfaces are designed to take a lot of abuse. Ford’s engineers have developed a series of ‘scratch tests’ that push the interior materials to their limits by applying varying levels of pressure. By studying the results, engineers are able to determine which materials are best suited for a lifetime of hard work with Ranger.

The Snag Test
A versatile pick-up truck like the Ranger faces an endless list of objects that can potentially snag and damage interior fabrics. Keys, tools, boots, pets and pens are among the worst offenders. The snag test runs a metal ball with steel spikes, similar to a medieval mace, over the materials for hours on end to identify fabrics that are more likely to snag and tear. Only the most resilient materials make the cut.

The Stain Test
Accidental spills are unavoidable and the materials in the Ranger have been tested with some of the most commonly spilled staining liquids, including coffee, oil and ketchup. To pass this test, the stains must be able to be removed from the materials using simple household cleaning products. And don’t worry about your new jeans staining the seats either – engineers have made sure that any indigo dye that may rub off can be cleaned easily.

Ford understands that customers have to adjust to the unique challenges their environment presents every day. The recent rise in the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers - which may have once caused issues for interior trim – is one such case. Thanks to continuous testing, Ford engineers use protective coatings on the interior trim to ensure they can withstand the damaging hand sanitizer residue which meets the trim when customers touch them.

Ford’s material tests are designed to simulate years of use and abuse long before customers get their hands on them. Throughout the process, hundreds of materials are rejected for not meeting the high standards demanded by Ranger customers and set by the engineering team.

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