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Ford Ranger updated, features new engines and 10-speed gearbox

2019-04-10 08:03
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Featuring an extensive range of mechanical, technological, feature and comfort upgrades, Ford South Africa believes its new Ranger line-up will make an even more compelling choice amongst workhorse and leisure-oriented pick-up customers.

Doreen Mashinini, general manager marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, comments: "The current Ranger has been a fantastic success story for Ford in South Africa where it remains one of the country’s top-selling vehicles, and the leading LCV export to markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa."

Tough, modern design

Continuing the Ranger’s proven ‘Built Ford Tough’ heritage, the styling of the 2019 model delivers an even more powerful presence on the road, according to Ford. 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.

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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 ‘nostrils’ in its design. Along with a split centre bar and additional venting holes for cooling, Ford says the new design is more aggressive in its application but remains true to the Wildtrak DNA.

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, ‘Mettle’ carbon-like weave accents and ‘Saber Orange’ stitching.

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All-new engines

Building on the Ranger’s revered reputation for performance, the latest model sees the introduction of the 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 are said to offer good 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 high-tech 2.0 bi-turbo engine is available on the Wildtrak, and will also power the soon to be launched Ranger Raptor. 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 1750 to 2000 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. It produces 132kW and 420Nm between 1750 and 2500 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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New 10-speed gearbox

The new 2.0-litre bi-turbo and 2.0-litre single turbo engines are exclusively available with Ford’s all-new 10-speed automatic transmission.

A wider spread of ratios ¬and new features, including real-time adaptive shift-scheduling that allows the transmission to adapt to changing conditions, enable the optimal gear to be selected for performance, fuel-efficiency or refinement in any driving scenario, according to Ford.

Ford engineering data, based on real-world driving cycles, indicates an improvement in fuel-efficiency of up to 9% in the case of the 2.0 bi-turbo engine mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission, compared to the current 3.2-litre TDCi and six-speed automatic gearbox.

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Model range and recommended retail prices:

Single Cab

2.2 TDCi Base 5MT 4x2 - R287 100

2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x2 - R359 800

2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x2 - R372 300

2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x4 - R411 400

2.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x2 - R390 900

2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x4 - R449 200

3.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x2 - R401 800

3.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x4 - R460 100


2.2 TDCi Base 5MT 4x2 - R336 500

2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x2 - R381 400

2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x2 - R393 800

2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x4 - R429 300

2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x2 - R426 400

2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x4 - R472 400

3.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x2 - R424 900

3.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x4 - R480 900

3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x4 - R568 600

Double Cab

2.2 TDCi Base 5MT 4x2 - R350 000

2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x2 - R409 400

2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x2 - R428 800

2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x4 - R455 300

2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x4 - R474 700

2.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x2 - R455 100

2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x4 - R508 400

2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x2 - R514 300

2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x4 - R570 200

3.2 TDCi XLT 6MT 4x2 - R542 600

3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x2 - R571 400

3.2 TDCi XLT 6MT 4x4 - R604 800

3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x4 - R617 300

3.2 TDCi Wildtrak 6AT 4x2 - R609 800

2.0 BiT Wildtrak 10AT 4x2 - R632 300

2.0 BiT Wildtrak 10AT 4x4 - R678 200

All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year/90 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.
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