NEXT RANGER BAKKIE: Ford's new Ranger bakkie will arrive locally in the fourth quarter of 2015. Image: Ford
• New design, engines and tech
• Headed for SA later in 2015
• New Sync 2 connectivity
BANGKOK, Thailand - Ford has unveiled its updated Ranger bakkie in Thailand and its sporting design tweaks throughout, improved engines and the automaker's latest technologies.
The new Ranger will be launched in South Africa in the fourth quarter of 2015. Specification and prices will be confirmed closer to launch.
At the front, it has a new trapezoidal grille, new diod headlights, tweaked bumper and bonnet.
The Ranger can wade through 800mm of water, has 230mm ground clearance, 28-degree approach and 25-degree departure angles.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Ford Ranger
For low-speed torque or additional downhill braking drivers can engage the low-range 4x4 and activate the electronic rear differential. The Ranger has a towing capability of up to 3500kg.
Driving assistance technologies:
• Lane-keeping alert - helps prevent the driver from unintentionally drifting out of a lane when driving at high-speeds.
• 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.
• Forward alert - Gives drivers a visual and audible warning when the gap to a vehicle ahead drops below a safe distance. The system also charges the brakes.
• Park assist - uses sensors to detect obstacles and provide audible warnings when the vehicle approaches obstructions at low speeds.
• Tye pressure monitor - Alerting drivers when tyre pressure is too low
• Electronic stability program with rollover mitigation and trailer sway
• Driver impairment monitor - uses a camera and on-board sensors to detect if the driver is drowsy. If the system notices signs such as drifting on the road and sudden corrective steering inputs, the system warns the driver with signals.
In markets where it is available, Emergency Assistance uses a Bluetooth-paired and connected phone to call local emergency services after a serious collision.
• Adaptive load control - adjusts the electronic stability control based on vehicle load
The new Ranger is equipped with hill assist, hill-descent control and emergency brake assistance.
Powering the new ranger is choice of four engines (three diesel, one petrol) each mated to either a six-speed manual or auto and with stop/start fuel-saving.
The 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel has updated exhaust gas recirculation to improve fuel efficiency, Ford says, by as much as 18%. The 3.2-litre diesel is capable of 147kW/470Nm. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel will be offered, depending on the market, in either 118kW/385Nm guise or 96kW variant.
The new Ranger will be available with Ford's 2.5-litre Duratec petrol capable of 122kW/225Nm of torque.
FORD SYNC 2
Ford says its new Ranger has "advanced sound-deadening materials" for improved insulation and cabin-noise reduction.
The new Ranger will be equipped with Sync 2, the latest generation of Ford's in-car connectivity. It allows drivers to use voice commands, such as "temperature 20 degrees", "play AC/DC" or "I'm hungry" to control the aircon, entertainment system and satnav.
The new bakkie also sports a 24V socket.
The 2015 Ford Ranger will be built at the automaker's Silverton assembly plant near Pretoria for distribution in Africa and Europe.