All-New Ranger’s Innovative Interior Offers More Room and Practical Storage Areas
The all-new Ranger has 23 stowage places –which can store a wide number and variety of objects
The all-new Ranger is equipped with a list of smart technologies such as Bluetooth®1 with Voice Control and Rear View Camera System which is available on the Wildtrak
The all-new Ranger Double Cab delivers best-in-class leg room and knee clearance in the second row
NELSPRUIT, South Africa, 25 Oct., 2011 – Whether it’s taking the all-new Ranger on a road trip or just round the corner, customers will appreciate the high levels of comfort in the cabin, starting from the spacious interior, ample stowage and the latest smart technologies that make the pickup truck easier, safer and more fun to drive.
The all-new Ranger has more storage spaces and more leg room in the second row than most competitors. It has a special deep centre console bin which can keep up to six cans of beverage cool in models with a duct from the air-conditioner.
One of the most high-tech vehicles in the segment, the pickup truck boasts intelligent features such as Bluetooth®1 with Voice Control and a Rear View Camera System on the Wildtrak where the camera image is displayed in the interior rear view mirror.
A place for every item
The all-new Ranger Double Cab model has 23 stowage spaces in the cabin which can store a wide number and variety of objects.
Door pockets can easily fit 1.5-litre bottles while the glove box is big enough for a 16-inch laptop computer. A separate driver’s glove box provides greater accessibility to items such as a soft drink can, sunglasses, a wallet or keys. Ample storage for mobile phones and other small items can be found in the console and in areas within easy reach of the driver.
Other than being able to keep beverages cool, the 8.5-litre centre console bin – among the largest in the segment – is also big enough to hold CDs, 600-millilitre bottles and takeaway food containers. The console bin also has an upper tray to store a mobile phone, wallet and coins.
At the back, the rear seats fold up to reveal hidden storage bins for items such as tools, rope, 4×4 recovery straps. The seats also fold down to store items such as a jack, a tyre inflator, a one-litre oil bottle and a first aid kit. On selected models, the centre armrest in the rear seatback folds down and includes two cupholders.
“We intentionally went for the biggest spaces wherever we could. Where the competitors could fit only smaller bottles, we could fit larger ones,” said David Stanley, package supervisor, Product Development, Ford Ranger.
Stanley’s team chased down every spare millimetre in the cabin to deliver excellent stowage. Instead of succumbing to the easy solution of making something bigger whenever an engineering problem cropped up, they relentlessly squeezed out every millimetre to reduce wasted space.
“We are very passionate over every millimetre,” he added. “That’s the difference between a good car and a great car – lots of attention to every last millimetre.”
Stocking up on creature comforts
Select models with the Bluetooth®1 Voice Control system allows drivers to operate their mobile phone, audio system, and climate control using voice-activated commands – all wirelessly.
The voice control buttons are located on the steering wheel and are conveniently accessed when driving, leaving the drivers free to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Voice commands are detected by a microphone housed in the cab.
The driver can easily make or take phone calls and access the mobile’s phone book and calling history. The system can also record voice tags for favourite numbers. In the same way, the driver has effortless control over the radio, CD player, iPod® and other external devices via the USB port. It is also possible to stream audio from the mobile phone.
The all-new Ranger’s integrated audio system is an integral and unique part of the centre dashboard, effectively deterring theft. The Human Machine Interface on the central control panel is inspired by the latest communication devices, with a joy stick as a central control element and a soft feel number pad to enter phone numbers.
To further improve interior comfort, the new-to-Ranger dual zone climate control available in the Wildtrak allows the driver and passenger to set separate temperature settings.
“The Bluetooth® Voice Control system sets the all-new Ranger apart from other competitors because it keeps drivers connected to their customers and business safely while enjoying the convenience of their iPod® and automatic climate control systems while on the road – all with a voice command,” said Con Papadomanolakis, manager, Electrical Integration, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa.
Premium comfort and convenience features
New from the ground up, the all-new Ranger now utilises a common global electrical architecture that is also shared by the all-new Focus. This means that engineers are able to use globally developed and engineered components in the all-new Ranger platform, resulting in more new features and technologies in the pickup which can be upgraded in the future.
For a start, select all-new Ranger models will have cruise control, theatre-dimming and drive-away locking. The Wildtrak will feature rain-sensing wipers, automatic wiper park, auto defrosting, an electrochromatic rear view mirror that is able to automatically dim to prevent glare from the lights of following vehicles, and a Thatcham-rated alarm system complete with interior motion sensors, battery back-up siren and dead locks.
The list continues with automatic headlights on the Wildtrak that respond to low light conditions, puddle lights that come on when unlocking the vehicle, Follow-Me-Home safe lights which remain on for a minute after you’ve switched off the engine, and hazard lights that come on to warn the drivers behind if you hit the brakes suddenly.
When backing up, the all-new Ranger’s innovative Rear View Camera System, available only on the Wildtrak, displays the rear view video image in a section of the interior rear view mirror, along with overlaid marker lines to indicate the width of the vehicle and distance to the closest object. Based on the ultrasonic reverse parking sensors, the radio will beep at a rate proportional to the distance between the all-new Ranger and the object. The in-car screen will also display an image of the pickup with sensor ranges marked behind it. When an object is detected, the display places a solid bar behind the vehicle image to indicate approximate location of the object.
Inside, the new instrument cluster design offers an outstanding array of information. Other than the vehicle system gauges, a central LCD display provides Trip Computer functions with information such as distance to empty, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption, average speed and outside air temperature.
“Customers who are used to these convenience features from their passenger cars will be delighted to find the same – if not higher – level of comfort in the all-new Ranger,” said Papadomanolakis.
Creating space all around
From boasting the big front head room to leading rear leg room and knee clearance in the Double Cab, the global pickup gives customers maximum interior space without compromising the substantial cargo box volume.
Engineers put in a lot of effort into keeping the vehicle short but the occupant space large by fully utilising the all-new Ranger’s dimensions. To achieve the excellent front head room of 1022 mm, they squeezed the clearance between the headliner and the sheet metal to the absolute minimum.
Reflecting the dual usage of the pickup, the engineers also paid special attention to the rear seats in the pickup. The second row in the Double Cab is more spacious than key competitors.
Shifting away from the one-door-fits-all approach, the all-new Ranger now has a two-door strategy. The Single Cab and Super Cab share one long front door, while the Double Cab has a separate shorter front door.
With the B-pillar moved forward, the Double Cab delivers rear leg room of 902 mm and knee clearance of 39 mm. This translates into three adults fitting easily in the second row while two six-footers can comfortably sit one behind the other. The rear ingress and egress are also among the best in the segment.
Another benefit that resulted from moving the B-pillar is that the rear glass is now bigger which not only helps the driver’s vision but also gives the second-row occupants a much more spacious feeling, due to the greater amount of light that comes in.
The perception of roominess is further enhanced by the B-pillar being further away from the eye. To open up the interior even more, engineers went down to the details and optimised the pillar size, pillar trim and the blackout on the glass, squeezing them as small as possible.
The all-new Ranger is not only spacious but it also has seat back angles that are among the leaders. Some competitors make the rear seats very vertical to improve their leg room and knee room but second-row occupants might just end up slouching into the available knee room.
“We wanted the all-new Ranger to be better than an ordinary pickup. We wanted it to have the comfort levels of an SUV so we looked at the hip angle, back angle and torso angle to make sure we’ve got it right,” said Stanley.
“Add in smart technology and creature comforts previously seen only in premium passenger cars, and the all-new Ranger is a no-compromise choice for those looking for an all-in-one work and family vehicle.”