The all-new 2015 Ford Ranger Facelift was introduced today and according to the American manufacturer the new pickup will set a new benchmark in its segment, bringing an uncompromised blend of robust capability, craftsmanship and advanced technology.
Compared with the outgoing model, the 2015 Ranger Facelift features a redesigned front end that shows new headlights, a brand new trapezoidal front grille as well as a new bumper and a more muscular hood. At the rear, there is a redesigned bumper.
The interior was updated too and is now even more comfortable, contemporary and offers a car-like environment for the driver and its passengers. As a result, there are new strong horizontal lines that run across the width of the cab, framing the 8-inch touchscreen.
Moreover, the traditional instrument cluster is replaced by a new dual-TFT display that offers information about the vehicle, as well as entertainment, navigation and climate control details. Under the hood, there is an updated 5-cylinder 3.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that features an updated exhaust gas recirculation system.
Fuel efficiency is improved by 18 percent, while the engine still delivers 200 hp (147 kW) and 400 Nm (347 lb-ft) of torque. Ford offers its 3.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic gearbox. If you want a smaller engine, there is also the 2.2-liter Duratorq 4-cylinder TDCi diesel that generates an improved 160 hp (118 kW) and 385 Nm (284 lb-ft) of torque.
Still, Ford will offer a standard version of this engine, delivering 130 hp (96 kW) generating up to 22 improvement in fuel economy. A 2.5-liter Duratec petrol engine will also be available, developing 166 hp (122 kW) and 225 Nm (166 lb-ft) of torque. In order to improve the efficiency of the engines by up to 3.5 percent, the new Ford Ranger is available with Automatic Start/Stop Technology.
In addition, 4x4 models get an electronically-controlled transfer case as well as low-range 4x4 gearing, which enable the vehicle to provide a towing capacity of 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs). Other highlights of the 2015 Ranger include the electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, which eliminates the power steering pump used in a traditional power-steering system.
Moreover, the 2015 Ranger received advanced sound-deadening materials, improved insulation as well as the latest SYNC 2. For those who don’t know, the SYNC 2 is the latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity system and gives the drivers smarter and safer way to stay connected. [source: Ford]