Ford Philippines unveils the new Ford Ranger, an even tougher and more capable version of its segment-defining pick-up truck equipped with enhanced power, performance, and smart and safe features.
The new “Built Ford Tough” Ranger expands on its capabilities and off-road credentials to best complement and enable the wide-ranging diversity of its customer’s work and lifestyles.
“With the new generation powertrain and advanced features, the new Ranger will continue to build on its already strong and widening appeal among Filipino customers, setting a new benchmark in the country’s growing pick-up truck segment,” said Bert Lessard, managing director, Ford Philippines.
Better performance with new powertrain
The new Ranger offers a choice of three diesel powertrains to deliver greater versatility and meet consumer demands for a wider variety of requirements. These include the new generation 2.0L Bi-Turbo and 2.0L Turbo engines, and the Ranger’s proven 2.2L TDCi.
Available exclusively on the Wildtrak 4×4 variant, the new-generation 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel is paired with an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission to bring greater torque, improved flexibility and a quieter, more comfortable drive. The 2.0L Bi-Turbo takes advantage of sequential turbocharging to deliver greater responsiveness, drivability and maximum efficiency. A pair of turbochargers are employed for maximum performance and efficiency. A variable geometry turbocharger is employed to deliver greater throttle response and eliminate lag by spooling up quickly at low speeds. The second unit is a fixed geometry turbocharger with a high flow capacity to deliver maximum power and performance.
With 500Nm from a low 1750rpm, the Bi-Turbo delivers a greater torque spread, with the 10-speed’s close ratios reducing gaps in power and acceleration to make steep, slippery hill-climbs, for instance, much easier. The Wildtrak variant optioned with the new engine maintain Ranger’s equal class-leading payload and 3500kg towing capability.
The 2.0L Turbo diesel engine, available on the Wildtrak 4×2, is also mated to Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver 180PS and an impressive 420Nm of torque.
The XLT and XLS variants, which now includes a Ranger 2.2L XLS 4×2 AT variant in the portfolio, are equipped with Ranger’s proven 2.2L TDCi engine, which offers 160PS/385Nm and comes with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Tougher with new smart and safe features
The new Ranger also boasts of advanced smart and safe features for a more comfortable and convenient drive. The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) feature helps mitigate risks by detecting pedestrians and vehicles, alerting drivers with an audible and visual warning. With the AEB, the new Ranger pre-charges brakes to increase brake-assist sensitivity providing full responsiveness when the driver brakes.
In a segment-first, the new Ranger’s easy-to-live-with features include Active Park Assist (APA), which helps the driver find parallel parking spaces and steers itself to a parking spot. All the driver needs to do is control the throttle and brake.
Also available on the new Ranger is the Adaptive Cruise Control feature, which senses traffic and adjusts speed automatically. When traffic slows down, the new Ranger slows down too. As soon as traffic clears, the new Ranger returns to its pre-set speed. Meanwhile, the Lane Departure Warning feature vibrates the steering wheel if the driver unintentionally moves out of his/her lane at certain speed.
Loading is easier than ever on the XLT and Wildtrak variants with the introduction of a first-in-segment, Tailgate Lift Assist. With a new internal mechanism, the Ranger’s tailgate is now lighter to lift, with a 70 percent reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing. Not only does this system require less effort to lift, it also means that it’s easier to lower.
The Wildtrak variants also offer the Smart Keyless Entry and push-button start, as well as up to six airbags ensuring maximum convenience and safety. The new Ranger also offers the SYNC3 feature compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing drivers to make calls, select music, and use apps with eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Bolder look, inside out
The new Ranger’s striking exterior sees styling updates that carry on the off-road stance and visual appeal of its predecessor. With a bold new grille, a more distinctively-chiseled lower bumper now offers a broader intake for a more balanced look. Ranger Wildtrak variants boast LED daytime running lights and HID headlights for optimal visibility and vision, as well as hoop sports bar, roof rails and bed rails.
The new Ranger’s interior is also home to an array of upgrades. With durable and tactile surface finishes ensuring a long lifespan with a premium touch and feel, the spacious Ranger interior now sports a black theme. Contrasting detailing such as shadow chrome and silver accent stitching help give Ranger’s interior a more luxurious feel.
On-road comfort, off-road conquered
The new Ranger’s suspension had been upgraded across the range to reduce and better control roll, with an emphasis on improving the driving experience when fully-laden and towing.
New packaging also enables geometry changes that bring improved ride, a reduction in body roll as well as improved steering precision. Crucially, while improving the drive and refinement, the suspension changes do not impact on Ranger’s equal class-leading towing and payload capabilities.
“The new Ranger continues to bring its ‘Built Ford Tough’ promise to life, delivering an even more capable pickup truck. We look forward to serving even more Filipinos with the new Ranger’s tough capabilities and versatility that make it the perfect vehicle for work or play,” said Rodel Gallega, vice president, Marketing and Sales, Ford Philippines.
The 8 variants of the new Ranger are available at the following price points:
- Ranger 2.0L Bi-Turbo Wildtrak 4×4 AT – PHP1,695,000
- Ranger 2.0L Turbo Wildtrak 4×2 AT – PHP1,455,000
- Ranger 2.0L Turbo Wildtrak 4×2 MT – P1,390,000
- Ranger 2.2L XLT 4×2 AT – PHP1,233,000
- Ranger 2.2L XLT 4×2 MT – PHP1,173,000
- Ranger 2.2L XLS 4×4 MT – PHP1,178,000
- Ranger 2.2L XLS 4×2 AT – PHP1,089,000
- Ranger 2.2L XLS 4×2 MT – PHP1,029,000
The new Ranger will come in eight colors, including Absolute Black, Cool White, Aluminum Metallic, Meteor Grey, Blue Reflex, Sunset Red, Diffused Silver and Saber.