Ford Unveils More Powerful, Fuel-Efficient, Refined and Intelligent Ranger
Ford revealed the new Ford Ranger pick-up that will deliver more power, greater fuel efficiency, enhanced refinement, and advanced driver assistance technologies for customers across Europe from mid-2019.
Available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab body styles, the new Ranger features four-wheel drive as standard, and offers business and leisure users new tools to boost convenience and productivity, including Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and FordPass Connect onboard modem technology.
Double Cab, high-power new Ranger variants now feature Active Noise Control technology for improved refinement. Flagship Ranger Wildtrak models and luxurious Ranger Limited both also offer new premium features, including an easy-lift tailgate.
The stylish and versatile new version of Europe’s best-selling pick-up introduces Ford’s sophisticated 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for optimised emissions, delivering up to a 9 per cent fuel-efficiency improvement when combined with an advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The new Ranger engine line-up will be led by the powerful Bi-turbo version of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, delivering 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque – up by 13 PS and 30 Nm compared with the current 3.2-litre TDCi diesel – for greater load-hauling capability. In addition to a slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox, the 170 PS and 213 PS powertrains offer Ford’s class-leading 10-speed automatic transmission.
Delivering class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800 mm deep, and with 230 mm of ground clearance, the new Ranger is designed and engineered to comfortably handle extreme terrains whether for work or lifestyle pursuit. A 29-degree approach angle and 21-degree departure angle enable drivers to feel confident when taking on steep obstacles. Off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3,500 kg and payload capacity of up to 1,252 kg.
Keeping drivers connected
The new Ford Ranger introduces advanced connectivity features to keep owners and operators connected on the move.
The FordPass Connect onboard modem turns the Ranger into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices, and also enables a range of features to be accessed via the FordPass mobile app – making the vehicle ownership and operating experience easier and more productive for owner-drivers and fleet drivers, including:
- Vehicle Status, allowing the driver to remotely monitor items such as oil level, tyre pressures, and mileage before setting off
- Vehicle Locator, helping drivers find their vehicle in busy car parks or unfamiliar work locations
- Remote lock/unlock, allowing the driver to allow access for colleagues, or giving the driver peace of mind that the vehicle is locked
Further advanced technologies include Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system that can be operated using simple, voice commands, or via pinch and swipe gestures on an eight-inch touchscreen and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™; and Ford’s MyKey system which allows fleet managers to program the key to limit driver’s speed and radio volume and to permanently switch on active safety features.
A smarter, safer driving experience
The new Ranger is the first vehicle in its class to offer Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Speed Limiter technologies as standard, helping drivers avoid or mitigate the effects of accidents and avoid incurring costly speeding fines.
Ford’s Pedestrian Detection technology uses a forward-facing camera and radar to detect people in the road and automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not respond to warnings. If the system detects a pedestrian and determines that a collision has become imminent, the driver will first receive an audible alarm and visual warning in the instrument cluster.
Should the driver fail to respond, the system then shortens the time required to apply the brakes by reducing the gap between brake pads and discs. If there is still no response from the driver, the brakes are applied automatically and the vehicle speed is reduced.
Intelligent Speed Limiter combines Ford’s Speed Limiter and Traffic Sign Recognition technologies, to help ensure the new Ranger’s maximum speed is automatically adjusted to remain within changing speed limits.
Drivers activate Intelligent Speed Limiter using steering wheel controls to set a maximum vehicle speed. The system uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor road signs and when the speed limit is lower than that maximum set speed, slows the vehicle as required. As the speed limit rises, the system allows the driver to accelerate up to the set speed, providing it does not exceed the new speed limit.
For the first time, the new Ranger offers the Ford KeyFree System and Ford Power starter button, and the tailgate lock is now integrated into the central locking system. Available Active Park Assist technology helps steer the vehicle into parallel parking spaces while the driver controls acceleration and braking.
For more information on the new Ford Ranger, visit the Pentagon Transit Centre or call us on 0333 222 0424.