It's a case of bigger and better for the segment-defining Ford Ranger, which now boasts the most comprehensive line-up in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) sector with the addition of nine trend-setting new 2.2 Automatic models. This takes the expanded range to an unprecedented 36 derivatives.
"The Ford Ranger has been a huge success story for Ford Motor Company, and has redefined the LCV segment in terms of performance, capability, technology and safety," says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.
"The introduction of the advanced six-speed automatic transmission on the 2.2 Duratorq TDCi models will undoubtedly build on this legacy, broadening its appeal to an even wider audience.
Unrivalled driving convenience, comfort and ease-of-use have become key selling points for the popular Ranger 3.2 TDCi Auto, and these characteristics are now extended to the refined and economical 2.2 TDCi models. This is sure to make the Ford Ranger more popular than ever amongst private and commercial customers alike.
In a first for the LCV segment, the Ranger 2.2 TDCi is the only single cab pick-up on offer locally paired with an automatic gearbox. This is expected to be a popular choice for customers seeking a dependable and economical workhorse combined with the convenience of the automatic transmission.
The Ranger 2.2 TDCi Auto models are available across all three body styles, including Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab. Customers can also select between three different specification levels: XL, mid-range XLS and high-spec XLT.
Efficient and economical
Ford's latest-generation 2.2-litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine delivers the ideal balance of fuel efficiency and performance. It is equipped with a variable nozzle turbocharger, exhaust gas recirculation and high-pressure common rail diesel injection to deliver 118kW of power.
With a peak torque output of 385Nm on tap, the Ranger 2.2 TDCi delivers outstanding driveability in all conditions - whether overtaking, carrying a load, towing or conquering challenging off-road terrain. It also features several noise and vibration-reduction features employed in the design, making the 2.2 TDCi one of the smoothest-running engines in its class.
Mated to the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, the torque is delivered seamlessly to the drive wheels to provide an exceptionally smooth and refined driving experience. Drivers have the option of allowing the gearbox to do the shifting on its own in fully Automatic mode, switching to 'Sport' mode for improved responsiveness and downshifts, or selecting manual gearshifts for ultimate control.
The renowned 3.2 TDCi remains the range-topping engine choice, delivering segment-defining outputs of 147kW and 470Nm. Approximately 70% of Ranger 3.2 buyers select the automatic transmission over the six-speed manual due to its consummate all-round performance, however the manual option is still available for those customers that prefer swapping the cogs themselves.
In the workhorse range, an economical mid-power 2.2 Duratorq TDCi engine is also available in certain models, producing 88kW and 285Nm, along with a 2.5-litre Duratec petrol engine that delivers 122kW of power and 226Nm of torque. In both of these applications a five-speed manual transmission is used.
Service intervals of 20 000km are standard across the board, while a five-year/100 000km service plan is included in the purchase price on XL, XLS XLT and Wildtrak models (optional on the entry level offerings). This ensures low running costs and superb value for money.
Proven capability in all conditions
The expanded Ford Ranger line-up guarantees sure-footed performance, regardless of the driving conditions.
Of the new 2.2 TDCi Auto models, five are two-wheel drive and four are equipped with Ford's intelligent four-wheel drive system with Torque on Demand that allows drivers to tackle even the most extreme conditions with confidence.
The 4x4 drivetrain employs an electronically controlled transfer case with shift-on-the-fly functionality controlled via a dial on the centre console. This allows 4x2 and 4x4 high-range modes to be engaged while on the move.
Selecting 4L engages low-range gearing, giving the new Ranger exceptional torque and control for demanding off-road terrain. A rear differential lock is also provided, ensuring additional traction.
The Electronic Stability Program, which is standard on all but the entry-level Base models, delivers a high level of active driving safety. The system incorporates Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Adaptive Load Control, Roll-over Mitigation, as well as Hill Descent Control on the 4x4 models.
In addition, the Ranger boasts a class-leading 800mm water wading depth and 230mm of ground clearance, assuring exceptional performance in even the most challenging terrain. The hefty towing capacity of up to 3 500kg is ideally suited to heavy-duty hauling.
The use of Ford's electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) further improves all-round capability, with varying levels of assistance based on speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration. By eliminating the traditional engine-driven power steering pump, EPAS also results in a quieter vehicle and improves fuel efficiency by about three percent.
Expanded model range
The new Ford Ranger is available in a wide range of models and specification levels, with the line-up comprising a total of 66 derivatives, including nine all-new 2.2 TDCi Automatic models.
The Ranger 2.2 Auto Single Cab models are unique in the LCV segment, as they are the only automatic derivatives available in a sector dominated by corporate and fleet sales. Two models are available, comprising the 2.2 TDCi XL 4x2 and the higher specification XLS 4x4.
Three versatile Super Cab variants of the 2.2 Auto are included in the expanded model offering, comprising the 4x2 XL, along with the XLS models in either 4x2 or 4x4 guises.
The Super Cab is particularly popular with farmers, contractors as well as lifestyle-oriented buyers seeking the added convenience of the extra space behind the front seats, as well as the convenience of the rear-opening doors that provide unrivalled access to the entire cabin.
Ford's Double Cab Ranger has dominated its class since 2014, offering unparalleled comfort, space, convenience and trend-setting features. It's set to become even more popular with the addition of four new 2.2 Auto models.
Outstanding value for money is the hallmark of the Ranger 2.2 TDCi XL Double Cab Auto, which is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 variants. The XLS 4x4 takes the features list up several notches, with the luxuriously appointed XLT Double Cab 4x2 rounding off the new Ranger 2.2 TDCi Auto line-up.