Ford’s Next-Gen Ranger takes what customers love about this vehicle and raises the bar.
The Ford Ranger has built a reputation around the world for being a tough and capable bakkie, with more and more customers trusting it to deliver years of dependable service for both work and play.
Ford has continued to strengthen customer trust in the Ranger by listening to owners and delivering on features that matter to them most. The Next-Gen Ranger takes this to the next level with a truck that offers customers exceptional towing and hauling, incredible off-road capability and a choice of durable and fuel-efficient engines.
The headline grabber is the addition of Ford’s proven 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel, yielding up to 184kW of power and 600 Nm of torque. Ford engineers treated the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel like a brand-new engine, which makes it feel like a much bigger truck.
The current six-speed automatic transmission available on Ranger will continue, along with the introduction of a new five- and six-speed manual transmission for Single Turbo diesel variants.
Among the reasons why customers love Ford Ranger is the fact that it’s one of the best vehicles on the road for comfort and performance. This has been balanced with off-road performance – a key consideration throughout the development of the Next-Gen Ranger.
A 50mm track and wheelbase increase for the Next-Gen Ranger has improved vehicle stability on and off the road. It also helped the team increase the width of the tray for a more versatile load space.
Whether you’re a traditionalist or someone looking for additional peace of mind on the road, Ford is offering two four-wheel drive systems for Next-Gen Ranger.
The Next-Gen Ranger will offer up to six drive modes, depending on the variant and market. The modes are Normal, Eco, Tow/Haul (auto only), Slippery for on-road, and Mud/Ruts and Sand for use off-road.
Tow/Haul mode is a brand-new drive mode designed for those towing or carrying a heavy load in their Ranger.
In addition to the selectable drive modes, the Next-Gen Ranger boasts an off-road screen on the SYNC infotainment system. At the press of a button, owners can access the off-road SYNC screen, which shows driveline and diff lock settings, among others.
Next-Gen Ranger features six upfitter switches on the overhead console to make after-market customisation easy. These switches are connected to the power distribution box, which individually fuses each circuit from 10A to 30A to connect to a range of accessories.
A second battery can be installed under the bonnet to keep camping accessories running.
The Next-Gen Ranger is adventure-ready with rooftop load limits of 350 kg static and 85 kg dynamic, along with a range of cargo management solutions in the loadbox.
The Next-Gen Ford Ranger has undergone millions of kilometres of testing in 10 different countries to ensure it meets or exceeds customer standards for capability, quality, reliability and durability.
Apart from testing the entire vehicle in real-world environments, specific testing drilled down into each component.
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