Next Ranger bakkie for SA unveiled

2015-03-23 18:16

  • 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 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.


  • Pieter De Waal - 2015-03-24 07:24

    But all the tech only works for when your moving - what the hell does that help when you're stranded next to the road with a broken gearbox?

  • Thando Gqabaza - 2015-03-24 08:06

    They really need to sort out the gearbox on these things.

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-07-28 12:16

      And turbo's and engines and cracking loadbins and rusting seat frames and missing Kw on the 3.2 and, and, and...

      Ngwenya Stephen - 2015-08-10 01:36

      It seems ford buyers are buying laptops instead of bakkies , it makes you wonder weather they are bought for work purposes or fashion , comments be like "wow its full of tech" "its up market" "but they should fix gearbox problems" "crack in load bin"

  • altusvanzyl - 2015-03-24 12:55

    I have hear of numerous people that had to get their engines replaced. 3.2....Problem Ford?

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-07-28 12:17

      Big time, but don't mention it to a Ranger owner (ESPECIALLY one with a 'Raptor' grill - LOL!!), as it's a soft spot.

  • Wesselv - 2015-03-24 16:17

    nah, ugly

  • Louis Fourie - 2015-03-24 18:06

    The tech sounds pretty cool for a bakkie. The other brands need to catch up now. This will be one of those great years in the bakkie market. New Navara, new Triton, New Hilux and face lifted Amarok (I hope).

  • Kal Reegar - 2015-03-24 18:09

    Try a new gearbox setup as well.

  • Tshif GT Mukosi - 2015-03-24 18:22

    I have been a Toyota fan for a while. Ford Ranger is now the love of my life.

      Harold Nkgudi - 2015-04-09 20:57

      U are not alone who left for Ranger, but guess what?? U will all comeback to Hilux.You see, all cars last but some are worthy of lasting.From business perspective, Ford since(visionary Boeing cadre) Mullaly left these guys are slowly going their old ways of playing BIG.

      Evan van Rooyen - 2015-05-15 20:41

      My 3.2 has 200 000 without any problems. I also have the previous 3.0 with 113 000 and no problems as well. The hilux is so easy to steal even a kid with a hair pin can steal one.

  • Peter Joubert - 2015-03-24 22:52

    Ha ha ha so Hilux is still king. No gearbox problems. No turbo problems. No problems whatsoever and a 2007 model still the king of the castle and best of all the new model is arriving shortly which is going to blow your brains and hundreds of fords on the second hand lots.

      Walter Fick - 2015-03-25 08:14

      Yes, the current Hilux is ten years old and still the King ....

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-07-28 12:19

      LOL!!! Not! Clearly you haven't been paying attention to the Hilux Forums and Blogs - There you can catch up on all the issues that STILL plague a Ten year old design - Seriously?! After 10 years they shouild have the basics sorted by now!

  • Andre Pretorius - 2015-03-25 13:18


  • Leon Janse van Rensburg - 2015-03-25 13:18

    I will have the old front look but with the new interior

  • Ashley Baardman - 2015-03-26 07:39

    rest assured, most of these bakkies sold in pretoria will be ruined buy adding wider wheels and a john deer sticker on the back and maybe if the kort-mannetjie sindroom is really bad, they will add cattle rails.

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2015-04-01 10:56

    Im hungry? Then what? Open your mouth and it feeds you?

  • pcgibbon - 2015-04-11 23:30

    I've got 5 3,2 double cabs with each about 60000 Km's on each for business use. We drive the @$&? Out of them and never had a problem. They faster stronger and much much more comfortable than anything out there. Never had a problem. Best Bakkies.

  • Tinashe Makumbe - 2015-04-18 09:11

    So let's continue buying the Toyota hilux: tried and tested durable gearbox and engines. Good resale value. Buy a ford and lose R250 000 value in one year. Viva King Hilux.

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-07-28 12:21

      5, 10 years ago maybe. Today? The competition has bypassed the (once very good) Hilux.

  • Alexander Panzek - 2015-05-07 19:24

    I never buy ford/Mazda again, even if they add "Pamela Anderson" to their interior, stick with my simple new Isuzu or buy the new hilux single cab, most reliable & economical bakies in SA, and the service is excellent, not like Ford!

      Moggie Mogs - 2015-07-28 12:21

      Isuzu delivers, that's why! : )

  • Andries du Preez - 2015-07-30 17:27

    I've got 3.2 , 60 000km of pure pleasure. Ranger gearbox based on ZF gearbox which is arguably the best gearbox in the world. Just to inform yourToyota "manne" the new Hilux got Cummins enjin (no problem) the same in Foton at half the price.

      Ngwenya Stephen - 2015-08-15 01:16

      I love ├Łour statement and I pretty much agree with you , even the chinese are to clever not to copy ford ,they know its concept isn't good it might bring problems to their problematic cars , rather the hilux concept before its 2016 release date because , it took longer to develop its bout to work well they can make a quick buck @ the end of the day its fake its not the real thing , c'mon its the same thing they do with iphones and sumsungs , who need Not know CHINESE COPY PRODUcTS

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