The new Ranger’s suite of new technologies are complemented by a stylish, smart and functional new interior, as well as best-in-class water-wading, towing and payload capabilities.
Under the hood, significant improvements in Ford’s latest generation 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder (200 PS of power and 470 Nm) and 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel engines (160 PS and 385 Nm) help the new Ranger deliver up to 12 percent better fuel-efficiency. The powerplants are paired to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
With a class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800 mm deep and 230 mm of ground clearance, the new Ranger is the most capable pickup thanks to its 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle.
An electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers in 4×4 versions 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. These off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3,500 kg and exceptional payload capacity of up to 1,200kg.
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; with assistance varying as necessary based on speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration or deceleration.
Equipped with an array of smart technologies, the Ranger’s intuitive features make any task a breeze. The high performance WildTrak variant features SYNC 2, the latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity system that boasts an eight-inch color touchscreen to operate phone, entertainment and climate control using a simple voice command system. Another first-in-segment for the new Ranger is Ford’s exclusive MyKey system, which allows the programming of various features, such as setting the maximum speed limit, a seatbelt reminder and the maximum volume of the audio system.
Two other convenient features are a light installed in the cargo tray and a 230-volt power socket. Both handy features are exclusive to the Ranger in the pickup segment. The Ranger’s reinforced safety cell is supplemented with the protection of frontal impact airbags for the driver and passenger in all variants, and a class-leading six airbag configuration in the WildTrak variant, which also features side and curtain airbags.
The Ranger also comes fitted with Forward Alert, a smart driver assistance feature that gives drivers a visual and audible warning if the vehicle in front gets too close. In addition, the Wildtrak features Adaptive Cruise Control, an intelligent feature that uses radar sensors to detect traffic ahead and automatically adjusts the cruise control speed to maintain a safe distance from the car in front. Then, there’s the front-facing camera (behind rear-view mirror) which services to read lane markings and detect sudden lane changes. Other driver’s assistance and passive safety feature highlights include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) active driving system, Hill Launch Assist, e-Locking Rear Differential, Hill Descent Control, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Load Control, Emergency Brake Assist, and ISOFIX.
From 9 – 11 October, customers are encouraged to visit the ‘Tough Done Smarter Experiential” Test Drive and try out the new Ranger at the Central Park Avenue in One Utama shopping mall.
The 2016 Ford Ranger is offered in three versions: the Ranger XL at RM91,588 on-the-road, the Ranger XLT from RM101,388 and Ranger 3.2L WildTrak at RM132,188. Color options include Pride Orange, Cool White, Metropolitan Grey, Aluminum Metallic, Black Mica, and Aurora Blue.