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The new Ford Ranger will be launched in South Africa near the end of the year following its debut in Thailand this month.
The new Ranger sets a benchmark in the bakkie sector Ford said. Starting later this year, an updated range of the truck will take on the world in more than 180 markets worldwide.
Featuring a new look front end, and a stylish, smart and functional interior, the Ranger features an array of cutting-edge technologies.
“When we set out to improve upon the Ford Ranger, we knew we had our work cut out for us: The current Ranger is one of the toughest, most capable trucks out there,” said Richard Tilley, vehicle line director, Ford Asia Pacific.
The changes to the Ranger begin with an updated exterior design. A more muscular hood flows into a strong new trapezoidal grille, while projector headlamps make the truck instantly recognisable, with a bold, technical look.
The Ford Ranger remains one of the most capable trucks in its class and can wade through water up to 800 mm deep, and with 230 mm of ground clearance, it is designed to handle most terrains with ease.
A robust electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers in 4×4 models to shift on the fly from 4×2 to 4×4 high with 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.
A host of cutting edge technology is available on the new Ford Ranger and includes Sync 2, the latest in-car connectivity system which gives drivers smarter and safer ways to stay connected.
There is also an array of driver assist technologies that help to make the drive more convenient. These include the Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid; Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Alert to name some.
You can choose from four engines mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Ford is offering the latest generation of its globally proven 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine. Upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system help to improve fuel efficiency by up to 18 %, Ford said, while still putting out 147 kW of power and 470 N.m of torque.
Depending on the market, Ford will offer a standard 2.2-litre engine, which generates an improved 118 kW of power and 385 N.m of torque, or a high-efficiency (96 kW) variant for up to 22% improvement in fuel economy. It is also available with a 2.5-litre Duratec petrol engine, providing 122 kW of power and 225 N.m of torque.