Ford Philippines renews pickup truck wars with all-new Ranger
After all the teasers, price reveals, and opening of reservation books, the all-new Ford Ranger has officially arrived in the Philippines. Making its debut at Arcovia City in Pasig, the popular pickup truck not only gets a brand new look, but it also gets some neat tricks both inside and out, as well as a slew of intelligent safety features.
Starting with its exterior, the midsize pickup features Ford’s global truck design DNA. Borrowing inspiration from the F-150 and Maverick, the Ranger now comes with the distinct C-Clamp-style LED headlights (halogens on lesser models), bold new grille, stylish LED daytime running lights, and reshaped bumpers. Also, new on the pickup truck are the reshaped taillights and the redesigned tailgate.
Depending on the variant, the Ranger can come with 16-inch steelies in the XL, 16-inch wheels for the XLS, 17-inch wheels for the XLT, and 18-inch wheels for the Sport and Wildtrak models. Size-wise, the all-new Ranger measures 5370mm long, 1918mm wide, and 1884mm tall. It also has a 3270mm wheelbase, a ground clearance of 235mm, and a water wading depth of 800mm.
As for the bed itself, Ford says it’s 1564mm long, 1584mm wide, and 540mm tall. And on higher-grade variants, the bed can come with fender rails, a 12V power socket, a 230V power inverter (Wildtrak 4x4 only), and an easy-lift tailgate for easier closing of the bed. Ford even installed rear box steps to allow users to easily get stuff from the bed without having to open the tailgate.
Hop inside the Ranger and a huge portrait-style touchscreen infotainment greets occupants. A 10-inch screen comes standard on the XL, XLS, XLT, and Sport variants while a bigger 12-inch display is exclusively available for the Wildtrak 4x2 and 4x4 models. Despite the size difference, both screens come with the new SYNC 4A infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Leather seats are fitted as standard on the Wildtrak and Sport versions of the Ranger. Meanwhile, the fabric upholstery is equipped on the XLT, XLS, and XL variants. Other available amenities present on the all-new Ranger include a power-adjustable driver’s seat, smart keyless entry with push-button start, 8-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control (manual air-conditioning on lesser models), USB charging ports for the front and rear passengers, a wireless charging pad, cruise control, and steering wheel audio/media controls.
Under the hood, all variants of the Ranger are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine. The XL, XLS, XLT, Sport, and Wildtrak 4x2 variants all come with a single-turbo setup that makes 170 PS at 3500 rpm along with 405 Nm of torque at 1750 - 2500 rpm. Meanwhile, only the Wildtrak 4x4 comes with the bi-turbo system that allows the engine to crank out 210 PS at 3750 rpm and 500 Nm of pull between 1750 - 2000 rpm.
When it comes to transmission options, a 6-speed manual is available on the XL, XLS, and XLT variants. Meanwhile, a 6-speed automatic can be fitted on the XLS, XLT, Sport, and Wildtrak 4x2. There’s also a 10-speed automatic which is exclusive only to the Wildtrak 4x4.
When it comes to safety features, all models come with anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, hill-launch assist, rollover mitigation, and 6 airbags (7 for the Wildtrak variants). Other safety systems available include hill-descent control, parking sensors, an electronic stability program, a traction control system, and a reverse camera.
Available only on the Wildtrak 4x4 is the Advanced Driver Assist Technology. It serves as the pick-up’s suite of intelligent driver aids that includes; adaptive cruise control with stop & go and lane centering, auto high beam, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane-keeping, blind-spot information with cross-traffic alert, 360-degree camera, reverse brake assist, and evasive steer assist.
Pricing of the 2023 Ford Ranger is as follows:
Ranger 2.0 Turbo XL 4x4 M/T - PHP 1,198,000
Ranger 2.0 Turbo XLS 4x2 M/T - PHP 1,198,000
Ranger 2.0 Turbo XLS 4x2 A/T - PHP 1,273,000
Ranger 2.0 Turbo XLT 4x2 A/T - PHP 1,374,000
Ranger 2.0 Turbo Sport 4x2 A/T - PHP 1,474,000
Ranger 2.0 Turbo Sport 4x4 A/T - PHP 1,594,000
Ranger 2.0 Turbo Wildtrak 4x2 A/T - PHP 1,569,000
Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo Wildtrak 4x4 A/T - PHP 1,875,000