Known for its strength and resilience even on the harshest of terrains, Ford Ranger is created with leading industry level materials. As tough as it is on the outside, its interiors which undergo rigorous testing have also proved themselves on more than one occasion.

Ranger’s well-known reputation of being a multi-purpose vehicle certainly comes through when it does everything from covering mountain ranges, carrying heavy loads and driving to and fro the daily commute of work. Its heavy-duty qualities and comfortable driving make it an optimal choice for adventurous customers looking for a versatile vehicle. Therefore, as a vehicle that can withstand almost any type of external stimuli, its interiors have also been bolstered with high-grade materials, specifically handpicked by Ford’s engineers and designers. Since the materials used undergo heavy testing, only those specimens are chosen than can endure anything. These materials have to live up to the expectations of Ford’s customers, who live a variable lifestyle- going to work on one day and chasing the thrill of an adventure on the next. The company has chosen materials resistant to factors like regular wear and tear and even fussy kids.

The long testing processes are of many kinds and are used to subject materials to a number of harsh conditions and the victors are then chosen to be added to the pick-up truck. To confirm whether a particular material is up to par with the standards of the company, they use specifically designed tests some of which have been explained below. The ‘scratch test’ is used to identify materials that can handle heavy pressure situations. For such materials to be used on the inside, the chosen material should have been able to remain unchanged even after the application of huge pressure on its surface. Applying changing pressure levels helps in determining its durability against scratches and heavy weights. Another kind of test to check its strength is the ‘snag test’ which identifies strong fabrics resilient to tearing and snagging. The inside of this pick-up truck is always vulnerable to a number of factors that have potential of damaging the interior fabrics. Things like keys, tools, sharp nails or pet claws are always a threat to the fabric and therefore this test chooses a fabric able to bear these snags and tears for the long run.

To tackle the problem of accidental spills, the ‘stain test’ picks interior materials from which such stains can be easily removed. Ford tests staining liquids which are frequently spilled by passengers while sitting inside their cars. The passing test for these materials is that everyday household cleaning products and detergents should be able to easily clean such stains off the surface. Working to the last details, they have also ensured that indigo dyes from new jeans can also be rid after a thorough wash. Through such testing, the company has made clear its stance on developing with the increasing demands and changing customer behaviour. One such example is the addition of protective coating on interior trims which take substantial damage due to the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers which are being increasingly used. Making very specific choices of body materials and rejecting incapable materials, Ford Ranger has definitely tried to live up to its reputation of providing quality which a customer can rely on for years to come.

Aayushi Primta

Aayushi Primta

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