Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Vince Pornelos, Ford | posted March 23, 2015 11:25
Ford Motor Company refreshes their best selling pick-up truck for the global market
The Ford Motor Company has just revealed the refreshed version of the Ranger ahead of the opening of the 36th Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS). The 2015 Ford Ranger is the first comprehensive update of their best-selling pick-up since it was launched as the new generation T6 in 2011.
The 2015 Ranger variants get a radically restyled front end with the new headlights, a redesigned chrome grille with nostrils, bumper and other details. The The new look of the Ranger brings it in line with Ford's latest rugged design language that debuted with the recently-revealed Everest SUV. The all-new Everest and updated Ranger will serve as the brand's front liners in the SUV and pick-up truck segments, respectively.
The rest of the 2015 Ford Ranger gets minor tweaks and updates such as new wheel designs, new taillights and a few other details as the major changes were focused on redesigning the front end. Dimensions-wise, the Ranger remains virtually unchanged.
The cabin of the 2015 Ranger has been almost completely restyled and gets a more utilitarian version (read: black and gray) of the dashboard that debuted in the new generation Everest. The layout of the controls have changed given the new dash and upgraded features. The gauge cluster is similar to the new generation Explorer with a central speedometer flanked by a pair of TFT LCD screens that can display a multitude of information and data.
At the reveal, Ford launched the Ranger variants with a long list of standard safety and driver assistance technologies such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a driver rest monitor, rear park assist, hill start assist, hill descent control, electronic stability control, a forward collision alert system, among others. Headlining the alphabet soup is the new Ford SYNC2 infotainment system with voice control as well as a 240-volt A/C outlet on top of the 12-volt automotive sockets.
Powertrain choices have been expanded for the new and updated ranger. The 3.2L TDCI motor is the most powerful of the bunch with 200 PS and 470 Newton-meters of torque. The 2.2L TDCI now has two versions; the standard version makes 160 PS and 385 Nm of torque while a new High Efficiency version makes 131 PS and 330 Nm. Another engine was announced, this time as a 2.5L Duratec gasoline engine that makes 166 PS and 225 Nm of torque, though it is unlikely that this variant will be offered in our market. Transmission choices remain the same with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with 4x4 and 4x2 versions.
What's interesting to note is the High Efficiency version of the 2.2L model, as Ford made specific improvements overall geared towards efficiency. The powertrain was improved among others and according to Ian Foston, Ford's Chief Programme Engineer for the Ranger update, the High Efficiency version gets about a 20% improvement in fuel economy.
The Ford Ranger T6 has become a clear leader in the pick-up truck segment both in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region. To date, Ford has sold 50,000+ units in ASEAN since the Ranger was launched in 2011. In 2014 the Ford Ranger became the number one selling pick-up in the Philippines.
The updated Ford Ranger will be launched in the Philippines sometime this 2015, though Ford cannot give any details as to when specifically.