Ford unveils more powerful, fuel-efficient, refined and intelligent Ranger
The stylish and versatile new version of Europe’s best-selling pick-up introduces Ford’s sophisticated 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for optimised emissions, delivering up to a nine percent fuel-efficiency improvement when combined with an advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission. The new Ranger engine line-up will be led by the powerful Bi-turbo version of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, delivering 213PS and 500Nm of torque – up by 13PS and 30Nm compared with the current 3.2-litre TDCi diesel – for greater load-hauling capability.
Available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab body styles, the new Ranger features four-wheel drive as standard, and offers business and leisure users new tools to boost convenience and productivity, including Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and FordPass Connect on-board modem technology.
The new Ranger is designed and engineered to comfortably handle extreme terrains, for work or lifestyle pursuit, delivering class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800mm deep, and with 230mm of ground clearance. A 29-degree approach angle and 21-degree departure angle enable drivers to feel confident when taking on steep obstacles. Off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3,500kg, and payload capacity of up to 1,252kg.
Ranger is the first vehicle in its class to offer Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Speed Assist as standard. Active Park Assist is now also available, in addition to the existing range of advanced driving technologies designed to make driving less stressful and to help avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions.
“The new Ford Ranger provides customers with an unbeatable combination of pulling power, fuel-efficiency and smart driver-assistance technology, and our cutting-edge EcoBlue engine equipped with the latest SCR technology exceeds the new stringent emissions regulations,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “Our new Ford Ranger Raptor will ramp up the excitement even further when the thoroughbred desert racer and extreme lifestyle off-roader goes on sale for true enthusiast off-roaders at the same time.”
Double Cab high-power variants now feature Active Noise Control technology for improved refinement. Flagship Ranger Wildtrak models and luxurious Ranger Limited both also offer new premium features, including an easy-lift tailgate.
- The first vehicle in its class to offer Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Speed Limiter technologies as standard.
A smarter, safer driving experience
The new Ranger is the first vehicle in its class to offer Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Speed Limiter technologies as standard, helping drivers avoid or mitigate the effects of accidents and avoid incurring costly speeding fines.
Further driver assistance technologies continue to deliver comfort and convenience for drivers, including lane-keeping alert and lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise control with forward alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, and a standard Electronic Stability Control system with rollover mitigation and trailer sway control.
The new Ranger driving experience is also enhanced with suspension revised to deliver a more refined ride. Spring and damper rates are tuned to deliver ride and handling unique to each variant’s character.
Tough, modern design
New Ranger styling enhancements include a revised front bumper design and a new grille, the central horizontal bar now split along its length into two slim sections. New premium colour options include Diffused Silver and Blue Lightning, and higher-series versions feature premium bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights.
The interior now comes with Ebony Black trim, and the painted surfaces are given a greater shine and depth¬¬. Models equipped with 10-speed automatic transmission also feature a more upscale gear-selector knob. Ranger Limited features black leather seats and introduces an exclusive 17-inch alloy-wheel design.
The striking new Ranger Wildtrak stands out from the crowd with a special Saber Orange exterior colour, and a contrasting unique dark, titanium-effect finish for the trapezoidal grille and distinctive outboard air-intakes. The same titanium-effect accent colour continues to the side mirrors, door handles, side air vents and load-bed rails, for a bold and sporty appearance.
The Wildtrak’s new interior delivers a more upscale, sporting appeal; featuring dark-satin chrome elements, a gloss-finish decorative spear and upscale partial-leather seats embossed with Wildtrak graphics.
Both Limited and Wildtrak feature a new easy-lift tailgate fitted with a torsion bar that significantly reduces the effort required to lift the tailgate back up into its closed position.
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