Ford is raising the bar further in the ultra-competitive light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment with the launch of the New Ranger for 2019. Featuring an extensive range of mechanical, technological, feature and comfort upgrades, the new line-up will make the Ranger an even more compelling choice amongst workhorse and leisure-oriented pick-up customers.
Continuing the Ranger's proven â€˜Built Ford Tough' heritage, the assertive styling of the 2019 model delivers an even more powerful presence on the road. The latest model offers the opportunity to provide greater differentiation in the series. Accordingly, the front-end design of the popular XLT series has been updated to have a more horizontal feel, with the centre grille bar now divided into two, giving it a more precise and well-crafted look.
The range-topping and very popular Wildtrak, which now comes with HID headlamps and LED daytime running lights, has been intentionally kept more familiar with the vertical aspect ratio grille that also incorporates the â€˜nostrils' in its design. Along with a split centre bar and additional venting holes for cooling, the new design is more aggressive in its application but remains true to the Wildtrak DNA.
The comfortable and car-like interior is now delivered with an Ebony Black environment, and the painted surfaces are given greater shine and depth. The Wildtrak's updated interior delivers a more upscale, sporting appeal featuring dark-satin chrome elements, a gloss-finish decorative spear and upscale partial-leather seats embossed with Wildtrak graphics. The seats have also been redesigned to be both sportier and more luxurious, incorporating additional leather content, â€˜Mettle' carbon-like weave accents and â€˜Saber Orange' stitching.
Building on the Ranger's revered reputation for performance, the latest model sees the introduction of the advanced new-generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo engines, assembled at Ford's Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. Both engines offer superior performance, fuel efficiency and a significant improvement in overall refinement with lower noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels compared to the existing engine range.
The two turbochargers work in series at lower engine speeds for enhanced torque and responsiveness. At higher engine speeds, the smaller turbo is bypassed and the larger turbo provides boost to deliver high power. Maximum outputs are rated at 157kW and an impressive 500Nm of torque from 1 750 to 2 000 r/min.
In the case of the 2.0 Single Turbo engine, which is offered on the Ranger Double Cab XLT 4x4 and 4x2 derivatives, a compact single variable-geometry turbocharger has been specifically designed to deliver more performance at lower engine speed compared with the current 2.2-litre TDCi engine. Delivering a light and urgent feel across the rev-range, it produces 132kW and 420Nm between 1 750 and 2 500 r/min.
Customers will still have the option of the popular five-cylinder 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine, available in Wildtrak and XLT specification on the double cab derivatives, as well XLT and XLS models in the versatile SuperCab range.
The tried and trusted 2.2-litre TDCi engine remains a key part of the New Ranger line-up across the Single Cab, SuperCab and Double Cab models. It continues in the two existing levels: 88kW/285Nm with a five-speed manual gearbox for the base-spec models, and 118kW/385Nm for the more upmarket versions, available with a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
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