New Tougher, Smarter, More Capable New Ford Ranger

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  • New design gives new Ranger a bolder, more sophisticated appearance
  • Upmarket interior boasts unrivalled style, exceptional craftsmanship and improved functionality
  • Advanced features introduced as segment-firsts, including SYNC®2, Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Impairment Monitor, Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Latest-generation Duratorq TDCi engines and new Electric Power Assisted Steering make the new Ranger quieter, up to 22 percent more fuel-efficient and even more capable than before
  • Improved ride comfort and handling delivers on Ford’s fun-to-drive promise with higher levels of refinement
  • Refreshed line-up of 33 models spanning Single Cab, Super Cab, Double Cab and Wildtrak
  • Available at Ford dealers in SA from November onwards

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PRETORIA, South Africa, 12 October, 2015 – The new Ford Ranger is set to establish new benchmarks in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment with an uncompromised blend of robust capability, craftsmanship and advanced technology.

“The new Ford Ranger brings a new level of comfort and refinement to its segment without compromising on the rugged capability that our customers demand and have come to appreciate from the current model,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region. “It represents a smarter kind of tough, and will help our customers to achieve more in every type of application.”

“The current Ranger is one of the toughest, most capable pickups out there, and this is reflected in the exceptional sales of the Ranger to date,” Delate says.

“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.”

The new Ranger continues to be produced at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria and exported to 148 markets in Africa and Europe. The Duratorq TDCi engines are manufactured at the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth.

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Tough and modern design

The changes to the new Ranger begin with an updated exterior design. A bold, more modern look lends new Ranger a powerful presence on the road, and immediately conveys a sense of capability.

A more muscular hood flows into a strong new trapezoidal grille, which connects seamlessly with the chiselled projector headlamps, accentuating the new Ranger’s width and strong stance.

“When you look at how our customers use their vehicles, it’s important that a Ranger looks and functions as a tough, dependable tool,” Delate adds.

“Ford’s design team saw an opportunity to give the design extra tension, and to emphasize ‘Built Ford Tough’ design elements like the outboard nostrils – all while maintaining the Ranger’s excellent aerodynamic characteristics.”

The updated exterior has been combined with a stylish new interior that creates an even more comfortable, contemporary and car-like environment for the driver and passengers. Strong horizontal lines run across the width of the cab, giving a sense of spaciousness, creating a clear distinction between the upper and lower levels, and placing the focus on the central eight-inch touchscreen on the high-spec models.

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Behind the steering wheel, a new dual-TFT instrument cluster provides drivers with information about the vehicle, as well as entertainment and cellphone features at a glance.

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“The interior of the new Ranger is sleek and modern, with a strong technical aspect to it,” says Delate. “Accentuating the design, materials were chosen 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.”

Capability and refinement

The new Ford Ranger remains one of the most capable pick-ups in its class. With an exceptional 800mm water wading depth, and with 230mm of ground clearance, it is designed and engineered to handle the most extreme terrains with ease. Thanks to a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle, drivers in the new Ranger can feel confident when taking on steep obstacles.

A robust 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 centre console. For low-speed torque or additional downhill control, drivers can also engage low-range 4×4 gearing, while an electronic locking rear differential helps to improve traction in difficult conditions. These off-road strengths are matched to a towing capability of up to 3 500kg and impressive payload capacity.

The new Ranger achieves all this with a level of refinement not usually seen in the pick-up segment. While the current Ranger already sets the standard for ride and handling, Ford engineers fine-tuned the suspension of the new version for additional comfort and even better handling.

The driving experience is further enhanced by an electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, which provides precise steering with a natural and confident feel. With EPAS, steering is light and manageable for low-speed manoeuvring, such as parking, and precise at higher speeds.

The level of assistance varies based on speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration or deceleration. Furthermore, by eliminating the power steering pump used in a traditional power-steering system, EPAS also results in a quieter vehicle and improves fuel efficiency by about three percent.

Engineers fitted the new Ranger with advanced sound-deadening materials and improved insulation for one of the quietest and most comfortable cabin interiors in its class.

Advanced technology

A host of cutting-edge technologies are available on the new Ford Ranger to help drivers stay connected and in control.

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SYNC®2, the latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity system, gives drivers smarter and safer ways to stay connected and is standard on the new Ranger XLT and Wildtrak. Using natural voice commands, like “temperature 20 degrees”, “play AC/DC” or “call John”, the driver can control the car’s climate controls, entertainment system and phone functions more easily than ever before. An eight-inch touchscreen places more controls at the driver’s fingertips, with colour-coded corners for easy menu navigation.

For extra convenience, the new Ranger features a 240-volt power socket that can be used to power a laptop computer or mobile device anywhere, from a work site to a family road trip.

There is also an array of driver assist technologies. The entire new Ranger line-up features an impressive level of standard equipment, including Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and ABS on all but the Base model (ABS is an option).

The ESP system integrates Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control, Adaptive Load Control and Trailer Sway Control, while ABS includes Emergency Brake Assistance and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.

In addition, the top-specification new Ranger Wildtrak redefines the LCV segment with a wide range of first-in-class driver aids including Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Driver Impairment Monitor, as well as Front and Rear Park Assist.

Efficient power

The new Ranger’s impressive power, capability, and payload and towing capacity are made possible thanks to the latest generation of powerful, more refined and fuel-efficient Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, as well as the proven Duratec petrol unit. These engines provide Ranger customers with a winning combination of power and efficiency in all conditions, and help to underscore Ford’s fun-to-drive promise.

Ford’s mighty 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine tops the range, and has earned an impressive reputation for its segment-defining levels of performance. Upgrades include a new exhaust gas recirculation system that helps improve fuel efficiency by up to 18 percent, while still producing 147kW of power and 470Nm of torque.

Similarly the revised 2.2-litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi benefits from a raft of upgrades in the interests of performance, refinement and efficiency. The peak outputs of the high-power derivative climb from 110kW on the previous model, to 118kW while torque is boosted by 10Nm to an impressive 385Nm.

An economical mid-power 2.2 Duratorq TDCi engine is also available in certain models, producing 88kW and 285Nm.

The new Ranger is also available with Ford’s dependable 2.5-litre Duratec petrol engine, providing 122kW of power and 226Nm of torque.

Depending on model derivative, the new Ranger is equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, or a five-speed manual on the mid-output diesel and petrol versions.

Refreshed model range

The new Ford Ranger is available in a wide range of models and specification levels, with the line-up comprising a total of 33 derivatives.

For the single cab 12 models are offered, spanning the Base 2.5 petrol Chassis Cab through to the 3.2 XLS 4×4 with manual transmission.

The Super Cab line-up has been expanded from five to of six variants, starting off with the 88kW 2.2 Duratorq TDCi 4×2 and topping out with the all-new 3.2 4×4 Automatic which is offered in high-level XLT guise for the first time.

A revised Double Cab range sees the addition of two new variants for a total of 15 models, featuring the new 118kW 2.2 Duratorq TDCi XL 4×4, as well as a luxury XLT-spec 2.2 TDCi 4×2 mated to the manual transmission. The 3.2 TDCi XLT is once again available in 4×2 and 4×4 versions, with the choice of manual and automatic transmissions.

The popular, eye-catching Wildtrak can be specified in 3.2 TDCi 4×2 manual or automatic, or the range-topping 4×4 Automatic.

All models are sold with a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, five-year/100 000km service plan (excluding Base derivatives), three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty.

Service intervals are every 20 000km on both petrol and diesel derivatives. All 4×4 vehicles sold include a free 4×4 training course.

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*The declared fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures were acquired according to the technical requirements and specifications (SANS 20101: 2006 / ECE R101: 2005) within laboratory conditions, as stipulated by legislation. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are used to compare different vehicle types under uniform conditions and are not necessarily indicative of real-life driving conditions. Note that the actual fuel consumption and emission will depend on many factors including your driving habits, prevailing conditions and your vehicles equipment, condition and use.

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Advanced Technologies Make New Ford Ranger Safer, Smarter

  • Raft of leading features including Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, Front and Rear Park Assist.
  • Seven airbags plus ABS with EBA and EBD, ESP with Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control, Adaptive Load Control
  • SYNC®2 provides unrivalled multimedia integration with 8-inch touchscreen and expanded voice commands
  • New customizable TFT digital instrument cluster

“A host of cutting-edge technology is available on the new Ford Ranger to help drivers stay connected and in control, most of which is entirely new to the pick-up segment,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.

“While we focused on making the new Ranger more refined and capable, a lot of emphasis was placed on ensuring that it is also safer and smarter than ever. This ensures that we have one of the most advanced vehicles in the LCV category.”

Sophisticated driver assist features

The new Ranger takes Ford’s commercial vehicle range to new heights in terms of its extensive range of driver assist features. The range-topping new Wildtrak boasts the most advanced driver assist technologies yet seen in the LCV class.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is one of the trend-setting features available (new Ranger Wildtrak only). It makes use of radar sensors to maintain both a preset speed as well as a preset distance from the vehicle ahead. When the system detects a vehicle ahead, it decelerates automatically to maintain a safe distance. It accelerates back to the driver’s preset cruising speed when the road ahead clears. This reduces fatigue while driving and maintains a safe following distance to vehicles ahead.

Cruise control with speed limiter is provided as standard on the XLS and XLT models. This adjustable speed limiter helps drivers avoid unintentionally exceeding their selected speed.

Forward Alert works with Adaptive Cruise Control to give drivers a visual and audible warning when the gap to a vehicle ahead drops below a safe distance. The system also charges the brakes to ensure optimum braking performance.

Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid work together to help to prevent the driver from unintentionally drifting out of a lane when driving at high speeds (available in Wildtrak only). If the forward-facing camera detects the vehicle is straying from its lane, Lane Keeping Alert warns the driver with a vibration in the steering wheel. If no action is taken to correct the drift, Lane Keeping Aid applies steering torque to guide the vehicle back into its lane.

Front and Rear Park Assist uses sensors to detect obstacles and provide audible warnings when the vehicle approaches obstructions at low speeds; such as when parking. A rear-view camera gives a clear view behind the vehicle, giving greater confidence when parking and hitching up a trailer. Rear sensors and a rear view camera are standard on the new XLT and available as an option on the new XLS, while the new Wildtrak adds front-mounted sensors.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring helps drivers stay safe by warning if a deflation is detected in any of the tyres.

Both the new XLT and new Wildtrak models are equipped with seven airbags as standard, comprising of driver and front passenger airbags, side and curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag.

Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is standard equipment on all but the Base models. The system incorporates Roll Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist and Hill Descent Control. This is linked to the ABS system (optional on Base) that includes Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist.

All double cab models are fitted with ISOFIX child seat mounting points. 

Advanced SYNC®2

The latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity solution, SYNC®2, makes its debut on the new Ranger – on all new XLT and Wildtrak models.

SYNC®2 boasts an intuitive and attractive eight-inch touchscreen with colour-coded corners for easy menu navigation between the phone, multimedia and climate control functions.

The system recognises a remarkable 10 000 first-level voice commands to control the car’s entertainment system, climate control and connected mobile devices.

A flattened command structure allows voice commands to be executed more seamlessly, whether accessing the contact list and making a hand-free call, selecting a music track (via song, artist, album, genre or playlist), or even reading incoming text messages.

Unparalleled connectivity is provided by means of the new media hub that provides an SD card slot as well as two USB ports to connected mobile devices. The system also makes it possible to create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot via a USB modem or tethering to a smart phone via Bluetooth.

SYNC®2 also allows photo downloads for use as wallpaper on the eight-inch touchscreen for added personalisation.

The first-generation SYNC® is standard on the XLS, while Bluetooth with Voice Activation is specified on the XL models. All Base and XL-Plus Rangers are fitted with a standard audio system, with SYNC® optional on the XL-Plus.

Depending on model range, a sophisticated new car-like dashboard is featured which includes the eye-catching new instrument cluster that boasts dual four-inch colour screens flanking the speedometer.

These displays and can be customised to provide a wide range of ancillary information, including switching between the digital rev counter and off-road driving gauges on 4×4 models, accessing the car’s infotainment and phone systems and displaying the multi-function computer.

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Model Range

Single Cab

2.5 Base Chassis Cab 4×2 5MT Low Rider 4×2 (122kW)

2.5 Base 4×2 5MT Low Rider 4×2(122kW)

2.2 TDCi Base Chassis Cab 4×2 5MT (88kW)

2.2 TDCi Base 4×2 5MT (88kW)

2.2 TDCi XL 4×2 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XL 4×4 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XLS 4×2 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XL-Plus Chassis Cab 4×4 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XL-Plus 4×4 6MT (118kW)

3.2 TDCi XLS 4×2 6MT (147kW)

2.2 TDCi XLS 4×4 6MT (118kW)

3.2 TDCi XLS 4×4 6MT(147kW)

Super Cab

2,2 TDCi Base 4×2 5MT (88kW)

2.2 TDCi  XL 4×2 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi  XL 4×4 6MT (118kW)

3.2 TDCi XLS 4×2 6MT(147kW)

3.2 TDCi XLS 4×4 6MT(147kW)

3.2 TDCi XLT 4×4 6AT (147kW)

Double Cab

2.2 TDCi Base 4×2 5MT (88kW)

2.2 TDCi  XL 4×2 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XL 4×4 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XL-Plus Chassis Cab 4×4 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XL-Plus 4×4 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XLS 4×2 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XLS 4×4 6MT (118kW)

2.2 TDCi XLT 4×2 6MT (118kW)

3.2 TDCi XLT 4×2 6MT(147kW)

3.2 TDCi XLT 4×2 6AT (147kW)

3.2 TDCi XLT 4×4 6MT (147kW)

3.2 TDCi XLT 4×4 6AT (147kW)

3.2 TDCi Wildtrak 4×2 6MT (147kW)

3.2 TDCi Wildtrak 4×2 6AT (147kW)

3.2 TDCi Wildtrak 4×4 6AT (147kW)

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