Featuring a new look front end and interior, the new Ranger, according to Ford, boasts an array of new technologies that enable new and more practical solutions to everyday challenges.
“When we set out to improve upon the Ford Ranger, we knew we had our work cut out for us: The current Ranger is one of the toughest, most capable trucks out there. But thanks to our proud truck heritage and global expertise in the utility segment, we’ve made what was great even better, with a bold new look, improved efficiency and a new level of refinement,” said Richard Tilley, vehicle line director, Ford Asia Pacific
The exterior of the Ranger has been ‘beefed up’ with a more muscular bonnet that flows into a new trapezoidal grille and projector headlamps.
The new interior includes a central eight-inch touchscreen, while behind the steering wheel sits a new dual-TFT instrument cluster provides drivers with information about the vehicle, as well as entertainment, navigation and climate control details.
“The interior of the new Ranger is sleek and modern, with a strong technical aspect to it. Accentuating the design, we’ve chosen materials that are stylish and attractive while being durable enough to handle the harsh life of a work truck. The interior may look more car-like, but it’s as practical as ever.”
The Ford Ranger retains it’s capable truck status with a class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800 mm deep. It offers 230 mm of ground clearance, a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle.
An electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers in 4×4 models to shift on the fly from 4×2 to 4×4 high via a knob on the center console. For low-speed torque or additional downhill braking, drivers can also engage low-range 4×4 gearing, while an electronic locking rear differential helps to improve traction in difficult conditions. It is also rated to tow up to 3,500 kg.
The new Ranger is fitted with an electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, that eliminates the power steering pump used in a traditional power-steering system. It also results in a quieter vehicle and improves fuel efficiency by about three percent.
Advanced sound-deadening materials and improved insulation have been used to create what Ford claim is “one of the quietest and most comfortable cabin interiors in its class”.
The new Ranger is available with a host of electronic aids to help keep you on the straight and narrow including, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, front and rear Park Assist, a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Driver Impairment Monitor.
Engine options include Ford’s 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine, which has had the exhaust gas recirculation system tweaked to improve fuel efficiency (by up to 18 percent), while still putting out 147 kW of power and 470 Nm of torque. Ford’s 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine, also delivers significantly improved fuel efficiency while generating 118 kW of power and 385 Nm of torque.
Automatic Start/Stop Technology will be an option, one that is said to provide a 3.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, which saves fuel by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is idling, such as at a stop light, improving fuel economy by up to 3.5 percent.
Ford will manufacture the new Ranger at its AutoAlliance Thailand facility in Rayong, Thailand for distribution throughout Asia Pacific, its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa for distribution in Africa and Europe, and its Pacheco Stamping and Assembly Plant in Argentina for distribution in Latin America.