Updated Ford Ranger coming soon

2015-06-24 06:00
THE Ford Ranger.

THE Ford Ranger.

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FORD has unveiled its updated Ranger bakkie in Thailand and its sporting design tweaks throughout, improved engines and the automaker’s latest technologies.

The new Ranger will be launched in South Africa in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Specification and prices will be confirmed closer to launch.

At the front, it has a new trapezoidal grille, new diode headlights, tweaked bumper and bonnet.

Built-tough Ranger

The Ranger can wade through 800 mm of water, has 230 mm ground clea-rance, 28° approach and 25° departure angles.

For low-speed torque or additional downhill braking drivers can engage the low-range 4x4 and activate the electro-nic rear differential.

The Ranger also has a towing capa­bility of up to 3 500 kg.

New tech

Driving assistance technologies:

) Lane-keeping alert – helps prevent the driver from unintentionally drifting out of a lane when dri-ving at high speeds.

) Adaptive cruise control – 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.

) Forward alert – gives drivers a visual and audible warning when the gap to a vehicle ahead drops below a safe distance. The system also charges the brakes.

) Park assist – uses sensors to detect obstacles and provides audible warnings when the vehicle approaches obstructions at low speeds.

) Tyre pressure monitor – alerting drivers when tyre pressure is too low.

) Electronic stability programme with rollover mitigation and trailer sway.

) Driver impairment monitor – uses a ca-mera and on-board sensors to detect if the driver is drowsy. If the system notices signs such as drifting on the road and sudden corrective stee-ring inputs, the system warns the driver with signals.

In markets where it is available, Emergency Assis-tance uses a Bluetooth-paired and connected phone to call local emergency services after a serious collision.

) Adaptive load control – adjusts the electronic stability control based on vehicle load.

The new Ranger is equipped with hill assist, hill-descent control and emergency brake assistance.


Powering the new Ranger is a choice of four engines (three diesel, one petrol) each mated to either a six-speed manual or auto and with stop/start fuel-saving.

The 3,2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel has updated exhaust gas recirculation to improve fuel efficiency, Ford says, by as much as 18%.

The 3,2-litre diesel is capable of 147 kW/470 Nm. The 2,2-litre four-cylinder diesel will be offered, depending on the market, in either 118 kW/385 Nm guise or a 96 kW variant.

The new Ranger will be available with Ford’s 2,5-litre Dura-tec petrol capable of 122 kW/225 Nm of torque.

Ford Sync 2

Ford says its new Ranger has “advanced sound-dea-dening materials” for improved insulation and cabin-noise reduction.

The new Ranger will be equipped with Sync 2, the latest ge-neration of Ford’s in-car connectivity. It allows drivers to use voice commands, such as “temperature 20 degrees”, “play AC/DC” or “I’m hungry” to control the aircon, entertainment system and satnav.

The new bakkie also sports a 24V soc-ket. The 2015 Ford Ranger will be built at the automaker’s Silverton assembly plant near Pretoria for distribution in Africa and Europe

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