The much anticipated Ford Ranger lineup is now available in the country s as Ford Philippines officially debuted it revamped truck that now comes with an array of smart technologies and an even bolder look.
The new Ranger has raised the bar in the pickup segment with the introduction of class-leading and segment-first technologies previously seen only in sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
The Wildtrack, which is the flagship model of the Ranger nameplate, features a full collection of state-of-the-art technologies that help drivers stay in control and always connected.
Smart technologies that can be found on the Wildtrack include:
• The Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, which works together to help to prevent the driver from unintentionally drifting out of a lane when driving at high speeds. If the forward-facing camera detects the vehicle is straying from its lane, Lane Keeping Alert warns the driver with a vibration in the steering wheel. If no action is taken to correct the drift, Lane Keeping Aid applies steering torque to guide the vehicle back into its lane;
• Adaptive Cruise Control makes use of radar sensors to maintain both a preset speed as well as a preset distance from the vehicle ahead. When the system detects a vehicle ahead, it decelerates automatically to maintain a safe distance. It accelerates back to the driver’s preset cruising speed when the road ahead clears. An adjustable speed limiter helps drivers avoid unintentionally exceeding their selected speed;
• Forward Alert works with Adaptive Cruise Control to give drivers a visual and audible warning when the gap to a vehicle ahead drops below a safe distance. The system also charges the brakes to ensure optimum braking performance;
• Front and Rear Park Assist uses sensors to detect obstacles and provide audible warnings when the vehicle approaches obstructions at low speeds, such as when parking. A rear-view camera gives a clear view behind the vehicle, giving greater confidence when parking and hitching up a trailer;
• Electronic Stability Program with rollover mitigation and trailer sway control helps to keep the vehicle under control even in adverse conditions;
• Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid uses the forward-facing camera and on-board sensors to detect if the driver is drowsy. If it notices signs such as drifting off course and sudden corrective steering inputs, the system warns the driver with gradually louder signals;
• Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning System senses if an accident may occur pre-charging and increasing brake sensitivity, showing the brake light warning on your windscreen;
• Other smart technologies on the new Ranger include Hill Launch Assist, to help confidently start off from a slope, whether in forward or reverse; Hill Descent Control, which uses the traction control system to help you descend steep slopes at a constant speed; Adaptive Load Control, which adjusts the Electronic Stability Control system based on vehicle load; and Emergency Brake Assistance, which provides additional pressure to the brake system to increase braking force when you apply the brakes quickly in an emergency situation.
Tough and modern design
The new Ranger boasts of an aggressive exterior, a premium, sporty, interior, the latest Driver Assist Technologies and capabilities that ensure it’s up for any adventure.
To mark the Wildtrak clearly as the flagship of the new Ranger lineup, designers worked to emphasize its tough, sophisticated design. Flanked by projector headlamps, the bold trapezoidal grille with strong outboard nostrils is finished in a dark, liquid metallic gray. The same accent color continues to the side mirrors, door handles, side air vents, bed rails and tail lamps for a dark, sporty appearance.
As well as being more aggressively styled, the new Wildtrak features design elements that are both premium and functional. Rectangular fog lamps and a unique sports hoop emphasize the unique nature of Wildtrak and give it a more technical, refined appearance. Sitting high on exclusive machined 18-inch alloy wheels and with bold Wildtrak graphics, the new design communicates a fearless sense of adventure. Even the Wildtrak’s signature orange color, which is now called Pride Orange, has been tweaked to help it stand out from the crowd.
Inside, orange is used as a strong accent color to add a sense of sportiness to a strikingly modern and car-like interior. A strong horizontal beam spanning from driver to passenger door emphasizes the cabin’s width and houses a dual-TFT instrument cluster, an eight-inch touch-screen and airconditioning registers. A soft-touch instrument panel top with an orange accent stitch imparts a premium feel to the cockpit without sacrificing toughness. Punctuating the horizontal theme, rings around the air registers are finished in shadow chrome, which features a smoky finish inspired by high-end machinery.
The new Wildtrak also features unique leather seats –with bold graphical elements and orange stitching that combine toughness, durability and sportiness. Exclusive in the 3.2L Wildtrak, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat is made available.
As with any new Ranger, the new Wildtrak is engineered and built to take on the world. With its ability to wade through water up to 800 millimeters deep and with 230 mm of ground clearance, it can handle the most extreme terrains with ease. Thanks to a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle, drivers in the new Ranger can feel confident when taking on steep obstacles.
An 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. These off-road strengths are matched by a towing capability of up to 3,500 kilograms and exceptional payload capacity.
Impressive off-road credentials are matched with on-road manners that improve on the current Ranger – which already sets the standard in its class – thanks to fine-tuned suspension for additional comfort and even better handling.
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 maneuvering, 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. By eliminating the power steering pump used in a traditional power-steering system, EPAS also results in a quieter vehicle and improves fuel efficiency by about 3.0 percent.
Power without sacrifice
The new Ranger’s impressive power, capability, and payload and towing capacity are made possible thanks to powerful and efficient engines paired to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
The latest generation of Ford’s globally proven 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine powers the new Wildtrak, and enables its impressive capabilities. Putting out 200 PS (197 horsepower) of power and 470 Newton-meters of torque for excellent towing performance, the engine features upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system that helps to improve fuel efficiency. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, carefully calibrated to maximize performance, refinement and efficiency.
Ford’s 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine delivers significantly improved fuel efficiency and refinement while also providing the power Ranger customers demand, generating an improved 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque.
The new Ranger XLT variant will be available in Cool White, Black Mica, Aluminum Metallic, Metropolitan Gray and exclusively in Aurora Blue. The Wildtrak variant will be available in Cool White, Black Mica, Aluminum Metallic and exclusively in Pride Orange.
Prices of the new Ranger variants are: P709,000 for the 2.2L 4×2 Cab and Chassis MT (manual transmission); P769,000 for the 2.2L 4×2 Single Cab MT; P889,000 for the 2.2L 4×2 Base MT; P1.039 million for the 2.2L 4×2 XLS MT; P1.199 million for the 2.2L 4×4 XLS MT; P1.219 million for the 2.2L 4×2 XLT MT; P1.279 million for the 2.2L 4×2 XLT AT (automatic transmission); P1.360 million for the 2.2L 4×2 Wildtrak MT; P1.420 million for the 2.2L 4×2 Wildtrak AT; P1.470 million for the 2.2L 4×4 Wildtrak MT; P1.530 million for the 2.2L 4×4 Wildtrak AT; P1.619 million for the 3.2L 4×4 Wildtrak MT; and P1.679 million for the 3.2L 4×4 Wildtrak AT.