The all-new Ford Ranger, which has arrived in Ireland, combines the toughness and capability of a pickup truck with smart technology, outstanding safety and the highest standards of quality and comfort.
The New Ranger made history when it became the first pickup truck to be awarded a maximum 5 star safety rating by safety testing body, Euro NCAP. The Ranger achieved one of the best overall scores ever awarded by Euro NCAP; its 5 Star rating reflects a strong performance in adult, child and pedestrian protection
New Ranger is offered in two cab bodystyles – Double and Regular – along with an extensive list of practical features that are available in four series choices. Both cab styles are among the roomiest in the segment. The compact pickup is available in a 4x4 drivetrain.
Global Ford assets
Totally new from the ground up, Ranger was designed and developed to be best-in-class or amongst the leaders in every area important to customers, especially those who use it for both work and leisure purposes.
Ranger now delivers more payload and class-leading towing capability and, at the same time, is fitted out with innovative and comfort features that a dual user has come to want and value.
Designed and developed by a global team headquartered in Australia, the new Ranger platform takes advantage of global Ford assets, particularly robust engines and six-speed transmissions proven in tough commercial-vehicle usage. The design and product development teams also had full access to Ford’s global capabilities, testing facilities and extensive pickup truck knowledge.
The collaboration was crucial in developing the all-new Ranger. Everything is new – engines, gearboxes, frame, suspension, steering system, brakes, chassis, exterior sheet metal and vehicle interior. The list continues with brand-new features for safety and passenger comfort.
“Our engineers have done a great job in developing the all new Ranger – it really is the complete package,” commented Ciarán McMahon, Ford Ireland’s Commercial Vehicle Sales & Marketing Manager. “We wanted to give customers a tough truck that they can truly rely on whether in high waters, on challenging terrains, or just commuting to work – with the new model, all of that is there and much more.”
Exuding power and confidence in a styling that the designers call “21st Century Tough”, the taut and muscular Ranger is equally at home on a construction site or outside an upmarket restaurant. Its front end features a short overhang with the signature three-bar grille, a global Ford truck design cue.
The windscreen has been raked back for a sportier and more dynamic silhouette, while the traditional square form of the truck has been sculpted to give the vehicle a more modern and aerodynamic look. Larger headlamps, bigger mirrors and stamped-in wheel lips provide an integrated look across all series and contribute to an aggressive and sporty stance.
Designers also raised the beltline significantly, along with the rails of the load box, giving the Ranger a substantive presence on the road while increasing its functionality with the deeper box. The Regular Cab has the biggest box volume in its class at 1.82 cubic metres while the Double Cab is among the top with 1.21 cubic metres.
At 5,359 mm long and 1,850 mm wide, the new Ranger is bigger than the previous-generation model, but remains easily manoeuvrable on narrow city streets and during parking, thanks to a responsive steering system requiring no more than 3.5 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock – one of the best in the segment.
Poised to be a leader in innovation, the new Ranger comes with smart technologies that make the pickup easier, safer and more fun to drive. On selected models with Bluetooth®, USB and iPod® connectivity, there is voice control over the radio, CD, iPod, USB, electronic air-conditioning and mobile phone. Dual-zone climate control and cruise control are available on the high series while selected models offer a five-inch colour screen with satellite navigation.
The all-new Ranger has been engineered and tested to ensure it can stand up to the toughest challenge. It can tow more, carry more, wade deeper and climb higher than many competitors.
Water wading ability
In fact, Ranger’s towing and water-wading capabilities are right at the top of the segment. Ranger can tow up to 3,350 kg on selected models while the 4x4 can wade through 800 millimetres of water even when fully laden. It also boasts outstanding payload capacity of more than 1,340 kg on some Regular Cab variants, as well as excellent ground clearance of up to 229 millimetres.
For those aiming to go off the beaten track, Ranger’s superior off-road capability has been enhanced by an all-new compact front differential, a new upgraded rear axle and lower overall ratios. A robust electronically controlled transfer case – for both manual and automatic transmissions – allows drivers to shift on the fly from 4x2 to 4x4 high anytime via a knob on the centre console.
“The all-new Ranger is the culmination of four years of hard work by almost 500 engineers in Australia and around the Ford world,” said McMahon. “The Ranger has been designed, engineered and produced to lead in its segment. It is capable, comfortable, powerful, fuel-efficient, safe – and it is a pickup that anyone will be proud to own.”
The new Ford Ranger is available in four series: XL, XLT, LTD and Wildtrak with the following powertrains: 2.2 TDCi 125PS and 150PS; and 3.2 TDCi 200PS.
Prices begin at 25,194 euro for the Ranger C/Cab 2.2 TDCi 125PS 6-speed four wheel drive. The top of the range Ranger double cab Wildtrak 3.2 TDCi 200PS auto 4WD is available from €42,294.