New Ford Ranger comes equipped with new-generation powertrain

September 16, 2018 | 18:50
Born ready, the new Ranger builds on the capabilities and off-road credentials that help ensure that it is the perfect complement to, and enabler for, a wide range of customers' work and lifestyles.
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The new Ford Ranger line-up is available for order at any authorised Ford dealer in the country

On September 13, 2018, Ford Vietnam launched the new Ranger, an even more capable pick-up with a freshened line-up that combines class-leading technology, safety, and convenience features.

The new Ranger line-up in Vietnam consists of seven different variants, including the Wildtrak Bi-Turbo 2.0L 4x4 10AT; Wildtrak single Turbo 2.0L 4x2 10AT; XLT 2.2L 4x4 6AT and 6MT; XLS 2.2L 4x2 6AT and 6MT, and XL 2.2L 4x4 6MT.

“Ford Ranger has been trusted by about 60,000 customers in Vietnam since 2001 so far. With the new advanced features and new generation powertrain offering even greater capability, the new Ranger will build on its already strong and widening appeal in the market,” said Pham Van Dung, managing director at Ford Vietnam. “The new Ranger will help continue to revolutionise the pickup truck segment, and we are proud that so many customers are choosing Ford.”

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The new Ford Ranger is fit for the toughest terrains

Advanced powertrains for proven performance and cutting-edge technology

The new Ford Ranger offers a choice of three diesel powertrains to deliver greater versatility and match consumer demand for a wider variety of requirements. These include the new generation 2.0L Turbo and 2.0L Bi-Turbo engines, and the Ranger’s proven Duratorq 2.2L.

Ford’s new generation of diesel engines uses advanced materials and sophisticated construction. Compact, lightweight, powerful, and efficient, they feature common-rail direct fuel-injection, an integrated intake manifold, and a belt-in-oil primary drive.

Available exclusively on the highest version of Wildtrak 4x4 variant like the Everest Titanium, the new-generation 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel is coupled to an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission to bring greater torque, improved flexibility, and a quieter, more comfortable drive to the new Ranger.

The 2.0L Bi-Turbo takes advantage of sequential turbocharging to deliver greater responsiveness, drivability, and maximum efficiency. With 500Nm from a low 1750rpm, the Bi-Turbo delivers a greater torque spread, with the 10-speed’s close ratios reducing gaps in power and acceleration to make steep, slippery hill-climbs, for instance, much easier.

The 2.0L single Turbo engine, available on the Wildtrak 4x2 variant, is also mated to Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver 180PS and an impressive 420Nm of torque.

The XLT, XLS, and XL variants are equipped with Ranger’s proven 2.2L turbodiesel engine, which offers 160PS/385Nm and comes with a six-speed automatic and manual transmission.

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The engine of the new Ford Ranger

Tougher, smarter

Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist feature using Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection is available on the new Ranger and is the first in the segment. The system is designed to detect pedestrians as well as vehicles to bring the Ranger to a complete stop to help mitigate rear-end collisions and road-traffic collisions with pedestrians. The system functions at speeds in range from 5km/h to 80km/h.

Lane Keeping Aid and Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning carry over to the new Ranger (Wildtrak variants).

In a segment first, the new Ranger's easy-to-live-with features include Active Park Assist (APA), reducing stress by enabling semi-automatic parallel parking. The driver needs only to apply the throttle and brakes, as the system steers the Ranger into the parking space.

Loading is easier than ever on the Wildtrak models with the introduction of a first-in-segment, easy-lift tailgate. With a new internal mechanism, the Ranger’s tailgate is now lighter to lift, with a 70 per cent reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing. Not only does this system require less effort to lift, it also means that it is easier to lower.

The Ranger has added power steering to the entry level XL and XLS variants—making it the first in the segment to offer this feature as standard across all models—and providing even more capability to these workhorse trucks that tackle the daily demands of construction sites and agricultural fields across the country.

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The New Ford Ranger fis more comfortable on city and off-road drives alike

Ranger’s fresh face

The new Ranger’s rugged good looks see styling changes that carry on the off-road stance and visual appeal of the current model. Lead by a cleaner new grille, which features the distinctive ‘nostrils,’ a more distinctively chiselled lower bumper now offers a broader intake for a more balanced look. The Ranger Wildtrak boast LED daytime running lights and HID headlights for better visibility and vision.

There is also clearer distinction between models visually, with bumper treatments and colours reflecting the unique character of each model—whether a hard-working Ranger XL, XLS or a go-anywhere Wildtrak.

The new Ranger’s interior hosts an array of upgrades to help tackle the working week, the long-weekend road trip or the off-road adventure. With durable, tactile surface finishes ensuring a long lifespan with a quality touch and feel, the spacious Ranger interior now sports a black theme. Contrasting detail elements including shadow chrome and silver accent stitching help give Ranger’s interior a premium feel.

SYNC 3 continues to include Bluetooth, an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen, and reversing camera.

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The new line-up features exquisite interior design

On-road comfort, off-road conquered

The new Ranger’s suspension has been upgraded across the range to reduce and better control roll, with an emphasis on improving the driving experience when fully-laden and towing.

New packaging also enables geometry changes that bring improved ride, a reduction in body roll, as well as improved steering precision. Crucially, while improving the drive and refinement, the suspension changes do not impact the Ranger’s equal class-leading towing and payload capabilities.

“We have further improved how Ranger behaves when carrying a load, towing a boat or taking a caravan around the country,” confirmed Pham Van Dung, MD of Ford Vietnam. “Ranger is now better to drive when it is working at its hardest. It is easier to handle, so you can really make the most of its payload and towing capabilities, and helps to reduce fatigue on long trips, too.”

By Nguyen Huong

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