If the current Ranger generation will remain in the catalog until the end of 2022 (Read our latest Ranger MS-RT 2022 review), Ford is already taking its place. This is an important launch for the American manufacturer, including Europe, as this pick-up undoubtedly has around 40% market share in a sparsely populated segment. More than a revolution, according to its designers, the blue oval utility has improved on all points that “count”. These were specifically based on 5,000 interviews with Ranger owners worldwide. The new pickup was developed by Ford’s Australian subsidiary.
An enlarged pick-up for more versatility
The new Ranger has a larger appearance than its predecessor. This includes headlights and an enlarged grille that gives it a family look similar to the latest F-150, as well as more angled wheel arches. The backlight units have also been redesigned. This Ranger’s wheelbase has been extended by 5 cm compared to its predecessor through movement of the front wheels towards the bow. Combined with the new shape of the engine compartment, this improved the vehicle’s angle of attack and therefore its off-road capabilities.
The utility has also been enlarged by 5 cm. While the rear shock absorbers pushed out of the chassis rails are expected to improve road and off-road handling, load larger objects, such as a full-size palette. Running boards were placed just behind the rear wheels. The bed has a new protective cover, additional attachment points and dividers. Clever: The tailgate includes a ruler and clamping areas to act as a workbench. A wide range of accessories is also provided. Note that exterior lighting can be ordered to provide light throughout the Ranger. through built-in touchscreen or FordPass mobile app.
Utility goes digital
The passenger cabin is more modern, more comfortable and at the same time more practical in accordance with the intended use of the vehicle. The digital instrument cluster is complemented by a central touchscreen displaying 10.1 or 12 inches diagonally depending on the configuration selected. Arranged vertically. This monitor makes it possible to use the new SYNC 4 multimedia system, recently introduced in the refreshed Focus, which, among other features, offers improved voice recognition compared to the previous version. The dash has dual glove boxes, while the center console has a large storage compartment and can house a wireless charger. The door pockets are larger than before and there are also compartments under and behind the second row seats.
Ranger on our roads in 2023
The new Ford Ranger will be launched in Europe. four-cylinder 2.0 l turbodiesel offering two power levels, 2.0 l biturbo diesel and 3.0 l V6 turbo diesel. For the time being, Ford transmits neither power nor pair. However, the company announces various types of all-wheel drive, a new gearbox control and off-road driving modes in the catalogue. Nothing is said about a possible Raptor version.
You will have to be patient to learn more about the technical part, as well as to learn more about the equipment and prices of the different skins that appear in the official photos. The marketing of the next-generation pick-up is not planned in Europe until the end of 2022, and the first deliveries will take place in early 2023. Note that Ford’s company will develop the next Volkswagen Amarok as its “cousin”. on the same basis, technology within the framework of a partnership signed between the respective manufacturers.