It has been a long time coming but after numerous T6 facelifts and special editions, Ford has officially unveiled its next-generation Ranger bakkie set to introduced to the local market in 2022.
Jim Farley, president and CEO, says: “With Ranger, we’ve had a big extended family for decades. This truck has always been a trusted partner to small business owners, farmers, families, adventurers, commercial fleets and so many more in more than 180 markets around the world. And with the new Ranger, this is our moment to deliver.
The blue-oval brand gathered the input from owners worldwide as to what they wanted and expected in the new Ranger. It features a completely redesigned appearance starting with the new grille, C-clamp matric LED headlights and bolder wheel-arches. Customers will be able to choose from either a 10.1 or 12-inch touchscreen pre-loaded with Ford’s latest SYNC4® system, complimented with voice-activated communications, entertainment and information systems.
In addition to plenty of on-hand storage space, there are other convenience features like a 360-degree camera and a new exterior zone lighting system that can be accessed via the touchscreen or the FordPass App.
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Moving along – The XLT and Wildtrak serve as the reveal derivatives of the range. Factors like trim levels and pricing have yet to be confirmed and will be done so closer to the official launch.
As far as engine and powertrain options go, there are three three turbodiesel options – a single and bi-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder and a 3.0-litre V6. There is also a 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit on offer. Transmission consist of a ten-speed auto or six-speed manual, complementing the current six-speed automatic.
The bakkie’s 50mm width gives rise to an improved cargo area complete with a plastic-molded bedliner, cargo tie down points and load box caps that serve as attachment points for canopies and other aftermarket accessories. Depending on the market, it also comes with a host of 4×4 adventure accessories – 600 of them to be exact.
Depending on the market, Ford will offer customers a suite of services like:
• FordPass – The service allows customers to be connected to their Ranger 24/7 via their smartphone.
• Master your Ranger – Is a virtual and hands-on education if drivers have a question or want to learn more about how to best use Ranger’s features.
• Ranger Concierge – If customers need service or have an issue, it serves as point of contact until their need is resolved.
• Online service appointments – Ford dealers will pick up and deliver a customer’s Ranger for them.
The Ranger will be built at Ford’s plants in Thailand and the Silverton factory in South Africa.