Ford says the new Ranger pick-up will deliver more power, greater fuel-efficiency, enhanced refinement and advanced driver assistance technologies for customers across Europe, when it arrives from mid-2019.
The new version of Europe’s best-selling pick-up introduces Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for optimised emissions, delivering up to a nine percent fuel-efficiency improvement when combined with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The new Ranger engine line-up will be led by the powerful Bi-turbo version of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, delivering 210 bhp and 369 ft lb of torque – up by 13 bhp and 22 ft lb compared with the current 3.2-litre TDCi diesel – for greater load-hauling capability.
Available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab body styles, the new Ranger features four-wheel drive as standard, SYNC 3 connectivity and FordPass Connect on-board modem technology.
Ford says the Ranger is the first vehicle in its class to offer Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Speed Assist as standard. Active Park Assist is now also available, in addition to the existing range of advanced driving technologies designed to make driving less stressful and to help avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions.
“The new Ford Ranger provides customers with an unbeatable combination of pulling power, fuel-efficiency and smart driver-assistance technology, and our cutting-edge EcoBlue engine equipped with the latest SCR technology exceeds the new stringent emissions regulations,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “Our new Ford Ranger Raptor will ramp up the excitement even further when the thoroughbred desert racer and extreme lifestyle off-roader goes on sale for true enthusiast off-roaders at the same time.”
Double Cab high-power variants now feature Active Noise Control technology for improved refinement. Flagship Ranger Wildtrak models and luxurious Ranger Limited both also offer new premium features, including an easy-lift tailgate.
A 29-degree approach angle and 21-degree departure angle enable drivers to feel confident when taking on steep obstacles. Off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3,500kg, and payload capacity of up to 1,252kg.
Ford recorded Ranger sales of 51,500 units in Europe in 2018, with more than 16,000 of those in the UK alone. The Ford Performance-developed new Ranger Raptor also goes on sale to thrill-seeking customers across Europe in mid-2019.
Ranger’s new 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine is offered with:
- Single variable-geometry turbocharger delivering 128 bhp; 251 ft lb of torque; and from 209g/km CO2 emissions and 35.3mpg fuel-efficiency
- Single variable-geometry turbocharger delivering 168 bhp; 310 ft lb of torque; and from 216g/km CO2 emissions and 34.0mpg fuel efficiency
- Bi-turbo technology with variable-geometry high-pressure and fixed-geometry low-pressure turbocharger delivering 210 bhp; 369 ft lb of torque; and from 228g/km CO2 emissions and 30.7mph fuel efficiency
The compact single turbocharger has been specifically designed to deliver more air at lower engine rpm compared with the outgoing 2.2-litre TDCi engine, for a light and urgent feel across the rev-range.
In the range-topping Bi-turbo variant, the two turbochargers work in series at lower engine speeds for enhanced torque and responsiveness. At higher engine speeds, the smaller turbo is bypassed and the larger turbo provides boost to deliver high power.
In addition to a six-speed manual gearbox, the 168 bhp and 210 bhp powertrains offer Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. A wider spread of ratios and features including real-time adaptive shift-scheduling that allows the transmission to adapt to changing conditions – enable the optimal gear to be selected for performance, fuel-efficiency or refinement in any driving scenario.
Ford engineering data, based on a real-world driving cycles, indicates an improvement in fuel-efficiency of up to nine percent using the 10-speed automatic transmission and four percent for the manual powertrain versions compared with equivalent outgoing powertrains.
The 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine features friction-reducing innovations including a 10mm offset crank design that reduces rubbing forces against the cylinder walls of the downsized four-cylinder iron block, and an optimised valve-train featuring a single-piece camshaft module.