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First pictures: New Ford Ranger, Across-the-board AFR increases – included EV rate, SAIC Maxus reveals ‘ luxury EV MPV’

First pictures: New Ford Ranger

Ford has revealed its new Ranger, which arrives in the UK in early 2023 with order books opening late next year.

The new model, which will also form the basis for VW’s next Amarok under a joint development partnership, will come with a choice of three diesel engines – single- and Bi-turbo 2.0-litre or a 3.0-litre V6 – and Ford has hinted at future powertrains by saying the new front-end structure creates more space to help “future-proof the Ranger for other propulsion technologies”. It also opens up airflow to the radiator to help keep running temperatures lower when towing or carrying heavier loads.

Ford described the new Ranger as “the smartest, most versatile and most capable Ranger ever”, and claimed that ride and handling are improved, and the cabin features higher levels of integrated technology, clever storage and more comfort than ever before.

Across-the-board AFR increases – included EV rate

The Government has announced across-the-board rises to the Advisory Fuel Rate, including the first increase to the electric vehicle rate, which goes from 4p to 5p per mile.

The diesel rates all increase by 1p per mile, as are the petrol rates with the exception of the top one for cars over 2000cc, which goes up by 2p to 22p per mile. The LPG rates are up by 2p, 2p and 3p per mile on increasing engine sizes respectively.

The new rates are active from 1 December 2021 and will be reviewed again for 1 March 2022. See all the rates here.

SAIC Maxus to launch ‘full size luxury EV MPV’ in 2022

SAIC Maxus Mifa 9 2021Chinese-owned Maxus is to launch a new seven- or eight-seat people carrier in the UK next autumn, with the Mifa 9 built of a platform that the company said could also be used for SUVs and pick-ups.

The Mifa 9 is claimed to have a 323-mile range from its 90kW battery, and power comes from a 180kW/241hp motor. The company said the vehicle will feature “luxury seating with motorised backrest, leg support and front and rear movement” as well as seat massage functions.

At 5270mm, the Mifa 9 is more than 400mm longer than a Ford Galaxy, and will launch with three trim level options.

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