29 January 2019
Ford has pulled the wraps off its heavily revised European Ranger pick-up, which is set to go on sale in the UK this spring.
As well as minor styling tweaks, the latest Ranger gets LED daytime running lights and a different radiator grille, along with a new range of exterior colours.
The most significant changes are under the bonnet, with the old 2.2 and 3.2-litre engines being replaced by one 2.0-litre EcoBlue Euro 6 diesel with two power outputs – 128bhp and 168bhp. It also comes with increased torque and the ability to tow up to 3.5-tonnes.
A flagship 210bhp bi-turbo engine will debut later, in the performance ‘Wildtrack’ version of the truck.
Buyers will have a choice of six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic gearboxes, while Ford is also introducing a new feature called Active Noise Control, which aims to reduce noise intrusion into the cabin.
Advanced safety systems include pre-collision assistance, pedestrian detection and speed limit recognition.
For the first time, it will be available with FordPass Connect – offering Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices, remote functions and a ‘find my vehicle’ function, along with Ford’s SYNC3 system, which allows Apple CarPlay and Android Auto pairing.