All-New Ford Ranger Revolutionises Compact Pickup Segment

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  • The taut and toned all-new Ranger will be the new face of Built Ford Tough for pickup customers in 180 markets around the world – the result of a new global compact pickup truck platform
  • The all-new Ranger will be manufactured in three continents with South Africa producing vehicles at its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria for export to 140 markets around the world
  • The all-new Ranger comprehensively transforms the compact pickup truck ownership experience with more capability, power, innovative features, comfort and safety
  • The all-new Ranger introduces three new engines – two Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engines and one Ford Duratec petrol unit – that deliver outstanding torque and superior fuel-efficiency
  • The all-new Ranger features excellent towing capability of 3 350kg on some models and water-wading capability of 800 millimetres on all Hi-Riders and 4x4's. Payload capacity goes up to more than 1 200 kg on some 4x2 variants
  • The all-new Ranger is one of the most high-tech compact trucks, featuring smart technologies such as Bluetooth®1 with Voice Control and Rear View Camera system in certain derivatives

Ford Ranger 2011 Car Show

NELSPRUIT, South Africa, 25 Oct., 2011 -The all-new Ranger boasts all the toughness and rugged capabilities of a pickup truck with smart technology, outstanding safety, superior fuel economy and high standards of quality and comfort.

The all-new Ranger will be offered in three cab bodystyles – Single, Super and Double Cabs – along with an extensive list of practical features that are available in four series choices. All three cab styles are among the roomiest in the segment.

Ford Ranger

The compact pickup truck will also come in 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains and two ride heights with the 4x2 Hi-Rider sharing the same frame as the 4x4 model.

Totally new from the ground up, the all-new Ranger was designed and developed to be among the forerunners – if not the pack leader – in every area that is important to customers, particularly those who use it for both work and leisure purposes. The pickup now delivers more payload and class-leading towing capability and, at the same time, is fitted out with innovative and comfort features that a dual user has come to want and value.

Ford Ranger Lights

For nearly 20 years, the all-new Ranger has been one of Ford’s most popular pickups across the globe, providing millions of customers with Ford Tough Truck capabilities. Having gone through a comprehensive global development program, the all-new Ranger builds on its strong heritage and is now set to blaze new trails.

Ford Ranger Interior

“The all-new Ranger is South African built and has benefitted from Ford’s global expertise, making it the perfect solution for South African consumers,” says Ben Pillay, Ford Marketing Manager. “The first pickup built under the One Ford strategy, it is a no compromise truck that provides customers with quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology in one complete package.”

Developed for the world

Designed and developed by a global team headquartered in Australia, the all-new Ranger platform takes advantage of global Ford assets, particularly robust engines proven in tough commercial-vehicle usage and fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions. The design and product development teams had full access to Ford’s global capabilities, testing facilities and pickup truck knowledge in the entire Ford organisation.

Ford Ranger Blue

The all-new Ranger will be manufactured in three continents with South Africa producing vehicles at its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria for export to 148 markets around the world. By leveraging global economies of scale, the compact pickup is being produced from a highly robust single platform.

Ford Ranger 2011

The all-new Ranger will ultimately be sold in 180 markets, making it one of the farthest-reaching Ford products in the world. Ford's Struandale engine plant in Port Elizabeth with produce the 3.2 and 2.2L Duratorq TDCi engines that will power the all-new Ranger.The collaboration was crucial in developing the all-new Ranger. Everything is new – engines, gearboxes, frame, suspension, steering system, brakes, chassis, exterior sheet metal, vehicle interior. The list continues with brand-new features for safety and passenger comfort and convenience.

“The all-new Ranger is truly all new,” said Jim Baumbick, engineering director, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “Developing the all-new Ranger from scratch was an exciting opportunity that allowed us to closely benchmark what our competitors are doing, listen to what truck customers around the world want, and deliver a vehicle that will meet or exceed expectations.”

Using the latest computer technologies, the product development team conducted about 30,000 computer-aided assessments on areas such as safety, durability, ergonomics, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics during the virtual phase. Of these, 7 500 virtual assessments were carried out in the under-body to ensure a robust vehicle foundation and more than 10,000 virtual assessments on the upper-body to align styling and functional requirements.

Once all-new Ranger prototypes were ready, they were tested extensively in 15 countries around the world to deliver a vehicle that is tough enough for the harshest conditions around the world.
Tested in South Africa, Australia, Dubai, Thailand, North America, Brazil and Sweden, the new Ranger had to face severe heat and cold, monsoon rains, high altitudes as well as rushing rivers, arid deserts and potholed roads. Prototypes clocked more than a million kilometres on the road supported by countless hours of exhaustive testing in state-of-the-art laboratories.

‘21st Century Tough’ styling

Exuding power and confidence in a styling that the designers call “21st Century Tough”, the taut and muscular all-new Ranger is equally at home on a construction site or outside classy entertainment outlets. Its front end features a short overhang with the signature three-bar grille, a global Ford truck design cue.

The windscreen has been raked back for a sportier and more dynamic silhouette, while the traditional square form of the truck has been sculpted to give the vehicle a more modern and aerodynamic look. Larger headlamps, bigger mirrors and stamped-in wheel lips provide an integrated look across all series and contribute to an aggressive and sporty stance.

Designers also raised the beltline significantly, along with the rails of the load box, giving the all-new Ranger a substantive presence on the road while increasing its functionality with the deeper box. The Single Cab and the Super Cab have among the biggest box volume in its class at 1.82 cubic metres and 1.45 cubic metres respectively while the Double Cab is among the top with 1.21 cubic metres.

At 5 274mm long and 2 163 mm wide, the all-new Ranger is bigger than the previous-generation model. It remains easily manoeuvrable on narrow city streets and during parking thanks to a responsive steering system that requires no more than 3.5 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock – one of the best in the segment.

A smart and comfortable interior

The all-new Ranger offers a contemporary look and feel with features and comfort normally found only in passenger cars. Bold new interior surfaces are finished with materials that will stand up to the demands of a workhorse while delivering a lasting quality appearance.

The B-pillar in the Double Cab has also been moved forward, delivering best-in-class rear leg room and knee clearance. Three adults can easily fit in the second row of the Double Cab while two six-foot sized adults can comfortably sit one behind the other.

Making full use of the spacious interior, the all-new Ranger Double Cab offers 23 storage spaces in the cabin – more practical stowage than most competitors. Its deep centre console bin is among the biggest in its class at 8.5 litres and can keep up to six cans of beverage cool in models with a duct from the air-conditioner.

The glove box is large enough to accommodate a 16-inch laptop computer while door pockets can comfortably fit 1.5-litre water bottles. Ample storage for mobile phones and other small items can be found in the console and in areas within easy reach of the driver. Underneath the rear seats, convenient hidden storage area for tools can be easily accessed.

Poised to be a leader in innovation, the all-new Ranger comes with smart technologies that make the pickup easier, safer and more fun to drive. On selected models with Bluetooth®1, USB and iPod®2 connectivity, there is voice control over the radio, CD, iPod, USB, electronic air-conditioning and mobile phone. Dual-zone climate control and cruise control are available on the high series.

More muscle at greater fuel efficiency

The all-new Ranger powertrains have been engineered to give customers a superior combination of power and torque and excellent fuel efficiency. Three new engines are available to suit every purpose and pocket.

Leading the way is the all-new Ranger’s new 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine with a substantial 470 Nm of torque and power rated at 147 kW. Its fuel consumption in a combined cycle is among the leaders in its class, ranging from 8.4 L/100 km on a 4x2 variant to 9.2 L/100 km on a full-option 4x4 model3.

For those who prefer an engine with a smaller displacement, the new 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi four-cylinder diesel engine delivers peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 110kW. When fitted to a 4x2 model, the 2.2-litre engine consumes as little as 7.6 L/100 km in a combined cycle3, making the all-new Ranger one of the most fuel-efficient pickups in the segment.

The 2.5-litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine has been enhanced and delivers 226 Nm of torque and outstanding power at 122kW. Fuel economy with a two-wheel drive model achieves 9.8L/100 km in a combined cycle3.

These exceptional fuel consumption figures will give the all-new Ranger – fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank – a range of more than 1000 km on selected models before filling up with fuel.

For the first time, selected all-new Ranger diesel models will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission to provide reduced engine rpm and extend its range on long highway trips or in city traffic. This also makes the all-new Ranger the only pickup in its class to get a six-speed automatic transmission. Petrol models have a five-speed manual transmission.

“Our all-new engine family bears out our commitment to make the all-new Ranger the clear choice for today’s pickup customer,” said Gary Boes, vehicle line director, Product Development, Ford APA. “We know they want more power, more torque, and we deliver all that – as well as increased fuel economy and reduced emissions.”

Capability

The all-new Ranger has been engineered and tested to ensure it can stand up to the toughest challenge. It can tow more, carry more, go deeper and climb higher than many competitors.

In fact, the all-new Ranger’s towing and water-wading capabilities are right at the top of the segment. The all-new Ranger can tow up to 3 350kg on selected models with diesel engines, while the 4x4 and 4x2 Hi-Rider models can wade through 800 millimetres of water even when fully laden. It also boasts outstanding payload capacity of more than 1200kg on some 4x2 variants, as well as excellent ground clearance of up to 237 millimetres when fully loaded.

For those aiming to go off the beaten track, the all-new Ranger’s off-road capability has been enhanced by an all-new compact front differential, a new upgraded rear axle and lower overall ratios. A robust electronically controlled transfer case – for both manual and automatic transmissions – allows drivers to shift on the fly from 4x2 to 4x4 high anytime via a knob on the centre console.

To give drivers even more confidence when going off-road, selected all-new Ranger models come with Traction Control System (TCS) which maintains vehicle stability by maximising traction at each driven wheel. Unlike a limited slip differential, it is able to reduce the level of engine torque to the exact amount that can be delivered to the ground through the wheels as well as brake a spinning wheel completely, allowing all the available engine torque to the wheel, or wheels, with the most grip.

For those who will be driving on slippery roads or in difficult terrain where the wheels could possibly end up off the ground, the all-new Ranger offers additional traction control with an electronic locking rear differential where both wheels are solidly connected for extreme traction capability. Even with one wheel off the ground, full axle drive torque is still sent to the wheel that has grip. This is extremely useful if one of the rear wheels loses traction completely because it is on ice, mud or lifted up in the air.

“The all-new Ranger’s rugged capability was purposefully engineered and carefully crafted into the pickup,” said Baumbick. “We wanted to give customers a tough truck that they can truly rely on whether in high waters, on challenging terrains, or just commuting to work. The all-new Ranger will certainly be a dependable companion for them both on and off road in any condition.”

New levels of ride quality and chassis control

The same level of detail that makes the all-new Ranger stand out in a crowd will set it apart from the competition with an entirely new chassis that provides even more capability along with car-like quietness, reduced steering effort, more precise handling and better on-road stability.

Up front, the entire suspension is brand new. A new coil-over-strut suspension allows for better tuning of the upper and lower wishbone design. The suspension set-up, while similar for two- and four-wheel drive models, has unique capabilities and has been tuned with specific damper valving and spring rates on all models to compensate for weight, centre of gravity, engine torque and drive distribution.

Giving drivers more precise steering control, the all-new Ranger’s new rack-and-pinion steering system has been carefully tuned for low-speed manoeuvrability and responsive on-road driving.

The all-new Ranger more than holds its own in cabin quietness, an attribute not often associated with a pickup truck. From being better sealed and having stiffer doors to using sound-deadening materials in the doors, roof and body, the all-new Ranger introduces high levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) refinement.

Advanced safety protection

New to Ranger, selected models are equipped with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) which uses advanced sensors to continuously monitor the path the vehicle is travelling on and compares it to the path the driver wants to follow, as indicated by the steering wheel.

Integrated into the ESP are other new control features that assist vehicle stability and control:

  • Hill Descent Control: Helps the driver on steep downhill grades
  • Hill Launch Assist: Helps the driver pull away on steep climbs
  • Trailer Sway Control: Provides stability control when towing a trailer
  • Adaptive Load Control: Optimal vehicle stability regardless of vehicle load
  • Emergency Brake Assist: Provides additional brake pressure in emergency stopping manoeuvres
  • Emergency Brake Light: Signals to other drivers by flashing the indicators when the vehicle decelerates quickly
  • Roll-Over Mitigation: Helps prevent the vehicle getting into a roll-over situation

The all-new Ranger also offers new passive safety technologies, with the availability and array of airbags dependent on the model. Side curtain airbags are available as standard on the 3.2 TDCi Super and XLS / XLT Double Cab styles.  All new frontal impact airbags are available for the driver and passenger, along with seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters.

Also available are newly designed side thorax airbags which deploy from the driver and front passenger seat, further cushioning the impact and reducing the crash forces experienced by occupants in the front seats.

“The all-new Ranger is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Hundreds of engineers and Ford staff from around globe have been involved in making the introduction of the all-new Ranger a success,” said Boes. “The all-new Ranger is capable, comfortable, powerful, fuel-efficient, safe, and has been designed, engineered and produced to lead in its segment. Introducing it to the South African public is a proud moment for us,” he concludes.

The all-new Ranger comes with a 5 year / 90 000km Service Plan and a comprehensive 4 year/120 000km warranty with service intervals of 15 000kms. Customers will also benefit from  3 years of Roadside Assistance and a 5 year corrosion warranty as part of the Ford Ranger package. All-new Ranger 4x4 customers also receive free off-road driver training.

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