Ford has officially announced its latest version of the global Ranger at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show, the midsize pickup that roams nearly every continent except North America. The truck is heavily revised for 2015, with a new exterior look and interior design leading the headlines.

The truck’s updates are partly in response to increases sales. 2014 saw an impressive 40 percent increase over 2013 sales with its market share growing some 4.5 percent to capture an overall 21 percent stronghold.

Though the truck market outside the U.S. is very different, global truck buyers are looking for the same upgraded refinements – at least judging by the changes found on the new Ranger. It includes more digital displays, the latest version of SYNC, and a cabin with improved NVH levels.

Returning for 2015 is a competent off-roader. An electronic, part-time 4WD system is assisted by an electronic locking rear differential and tidy exterior dimensions that afford generous ground clearances.

New are a slew of electronic safety systems designed to keep the driver out of trouble and others that keep occupants safe if trouble does happen.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Ford Ranger.

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The new 2015 Ranger has a more modern and muscular approach with its exterior design. The sheet metal is basically all-new from the A-pillars forward and flows forward to the new trapezoidal grille. Projector beam headlights, fog lights, and chrome trim dress things up. The chrome runs rearward to the side vents, mirror caps, side steps, door handles, and bed-mounted roll bar. Even the rear bumper and tailgate handle share the bright work. Compared to the outgoing model, the new design is much more crisp, with more angles and edges.

Like all proper trucks, the new Ranger is ready to hit the trail or job site. Properly equipped, the truck boasts nine inches of ground clearance and approach and departure angles above 25 degrees.

Ground Clearance 9 inches (230 mm)
Approach Angle 28 degrees
Departure Angle 25 degrees
Fording Depth 31.5 inches (800 mm)


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The interior is also much improved. Similarities are still present, especially in the lower center console, but overall Ford has brought the truck into the latter half of the decade.

A new gauge cluster dominates the driver’s lower view. The display is very similar to that found in the Ford Fusion. The center gauge is analog and is dedicated to vehicle speed while the side digital gauges are customizable to an extent. The center console now plays host to an eight-inch infotainment screen with SYNC 2, the latest version of Microsoft’s software. The system now incorporates an improved voice command listening, giving the driver the ability to simply speak a prompt.

The overall interior is much more car-like than the outgoing truck. Aluminum-colored trim on the steering wheel and dash bring an upscale feel to the truck while bolstered seats and a leather-wrapped shifter boot further the experience.

The new Ranger also comes loaded with available electronic safety nets. They include Lane Keeping Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert, Driver Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, and Electronic Stability Control with Adaptive Load Control and Emergency Brake Assistance.

A few of these system move beyond passive aides and into active. The Lane Keeping Aide, for example, actually modulates the steering to keep the truck within a traffic lane. The Driver Alert system monitors the driver’s inputs and sounds an alert if the driver is falling asleep.

Impressive stuff for a midsize pickup.


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Ford engineers know the Ranger will have several types of buyers interested in different applications. To keep the appeal broad, four engines are offered – three diesel and one gasoline.

The pair of base 2.2-liter TDCi turbodiesels carries over from 2014 with slight boosts in power. The 128-horsepower version caters to those after fuel economy while the 158-horse version is the mid-pack powerplant. Those looking to all-out towing and payload figures will opt for the 3.2-liter TDCi five-cylinder turbodiesel. It cranks out 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Those are respectable numbers outside the mine-is-bigger-than-yours-U.S. The five-cylinder offers a globally-respectable 7,716-pound towing capacity.

Lastly, for those wanting to ditch diesel, Ford offers the 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine. The mill offers up 164 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque.

All engines can be mated to either the six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic unit. Likewise, all the engines are available with an Auto Start/Stop system that shuts off the engine in certain idling situations.

The Ranger’s 4WD system is an electronic, part-time system that uses a rotary knob on the center console for operation. The choices of 2WD, 4WD high, and 4WD low range are available, with 4WD high range accessible on the move. An electronic locking rear differential further helps in sticky situations.

2.2-liter TDCi 2.2-liter TDCi 3.2-liter TDCi 2.5-liter Duratec
Configuration Inline four Inline four Inline five Inline four
Fuel Diesel Diesel Diesel Gasoline
Horsepower 128 158 197 164
Torque (pound-feet) 166 284 347 166


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Prices should keep within the range of the outgoing Ranger, so expect the base truck to command a price somewhere in the $23,000 range while upper trim models go for roughly $36,000. Sadly, those prices aren’t available in the U.S. because, well – because Ford won’t sell the Ranger here.


Chevrolet Colorado

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Though Chevrolet sells a version of the Colorado in the U.S., the real competitor to the upcoming Ranger is its global Colorado counterpart. Both Colorado trucks do share similar parts and design, though there are plenty of differences, with a host of upgrades for the U.S. version.

Nevertheless, the Colorado is still a direct competitor to the Ranger. It offers three engine options and both transmission choices. Towing comes in at 7,000 pounds with the 3.6-liter V-6 and payload is rated at 1,590 pounds. 2016 will see that third engine option, the 2.8-liter I-4 turbodiesel enter the U.S. market where it’s expected to outdo the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in the fuel economy wars.

U.S. prices for the Colorado start at $20,120 and rise up toward the upper $30,000 range.

Toyota Tacoma/Hilux

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Like the Colorado, the Tacoma is also something of a global truck. However, most folks overseas will know the Taco as the Hilux. The trucks have plenty of differences, namely in the comfort and strength departments. Hilux trucks are built more as a tool where the Tacoma has a softer side that appeals to car and SUV cross shoppers.

The Hilux comes with a multitude on engine options, including multiple diesel and gas choices. Both automatic and manual transmissions are available with each engine choice. Of course, both 2WD and 4WD options are available on the Hilux and Tacoma.

Prices for the U.S. spec Tacoma starts at $20,965 and grows more expensive as options are added. Load a Taco out, and you’re looking at roughly $38,000.


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The refreshed 2015 Ford Ranger includes new levels of refinement and electronic gadgetry that was otherwise lacking. Upgraded sound deadening, interior materials, and information screens help the truck gain traction in a more upscale market while enhancement under the hood help keep the Ranger competitive on the global stage.

Though its bones may be the same, the updates hit at the heart of current consumer trends and will surely help boost the Ranger’s sales in the year to come. The world may never accept the truck as such a common mode of transportation as the U.S. – save for perhaps Australia – but the Ranger sure makes a solid case for itself as a daily driver.

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Press Release

Ford has unveiled the tough and smart new Ford Ranger, setting a new benchmark in the pickup truck segment with an uncompromised blend of robust capability, craftsmanship and advanced technology. The new Ranger will be offered in more than 180 markets worldwide, and will be available in Europe from early 2016.

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Revealed today at the Bangkok Motor Show, the new model is set to further boost Ranger sales in Europe, which increased 40 per cent in 2014 over 2013, with market share rising by 4.5 percentage points to 21 per cent.

Featuring a new look front end, and a stylish and functional new interior, the new Ranger builds upon a reputation of capability, innovation and comfort that has helped the vehicle stand apart from traditional pickup trucks. It also boasts an array of new cutting-edge technologies that enable new and more practical solutions to everyday challenges.

“The new Ford Ranger brings a new level of comfort and refinement to its segment without compromising on the rugged capability that our customers demand,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “It represents a smarter kind of tough, and will help our customers to achieve more, whether at work or with their families.

“Together with the completely new and expanded Transit range, Ranger is a key part of Ford’s renewed commercial vehicle line-up that continues to gain sales momentum in Europe,” de Waard added.

Tough and modern design
The changes to the Ranger begin with an updated exterior design. A bold, more modern look lends Ranger a powerful presence on the road, and immediately conveys a sense of capability. A more muscular hood flows into a strong new trapezoidal grille, while imposing projector headlamps make the truck instantly recognizable, with a bold, technical look.

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“When you look at how our customers use their vehicles, it’s important that a Ranger looks and functions as a tough, dependable tool,” said Dave Dewitt, exterior design manager, Ford Asia Pacific. “We saw an opportunity to give the design extra tension, and to emphasise ‘Built Ford Tough’ design elements like the outboard nostrils – all while maintaining the Ranger’s excellent aerodynamic characteristics.”

The updated exterior has been combined with a stylish new interior that creates an even more comfortable, contemporary and car-like environment for the driver and passengers. Strong horizontal lines run across the width of the cab, giving a sense of openness, and framing the central eight-inch touchscreen. Behind the steering wheel, a new instrument cluster design with dual colour digital displays provides drivers with information about the vehicle, as well as entertainment, navigation and climate control details at a glance.

“The interior of the new Ranger is sleek and modern, with a strong technical aspect to it,” Dewitt said. “Accentuating the design, we’ve chosen materials that are stylish and attractive while being durable enough to handle the harsh life of a work truck. The interior may look more car-like, but it’s as practical as ever.”

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Capability and refinement
The Ford Ranger remains one of the most capable trucks in its class. With a class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800 mm deep, and with 230 mm of ground clearance, it is designed and engineered to handle the most extreme terrains with ease. Thanks to a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle, drivers in the new Ranger can feel confident when taking on steep obstacles.

A robust electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers in 4x4 models to shift on the fly from 4x2 to 4x4 high with a knob on the centre console. For low-speed torque or additional downhill braking, drivers also can engage low-range 4x4 gearing, while an electronic locking rear differential helps to improve traction in difficult conditions. These off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3,500 kg and exceptional payload capacity.

The Ranger achieves all this with a level of refinement not usually seen in the pickup truck segment. While the current Ranger already sets the standard for ride and handling, Ford engineers fine-tuned its suspension for additional comfort and even better handling.

The driving experience is further enhanced by an Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system, which provides precise steering with a natural and confident feel. With EPAS, steering is light and manageable for low-speed maneuvering, such as parking, and precise at higher speeds – with assistance varying as necessary based on speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration or deceleration. By eliminating the power steering pump used in a traditional power steering system, EPAS also results in a quieter vehicle and improves fuel efficiency by about 3 per cent.

Engineers also equipped the new Ranger with advanced sound-deadening materials and improved insulation for one of the quietest and most comfortable cabin interiors in its class.

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Advanced technology
A host of cutting edge technology is available on the new Ford Ranger to help drivers stay connected and in control.

Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system offers drivers smarter and safer ways to stay connected. Using natural voice commands, like “temperature 20 degrees”, “play AC/DC” or “I’m hungry”, the driver can control the car’s climate controls, entertainment system and navigation system more easily than ever before. An 8-inch touchscreen places more controls at the driver’s fingertips, with colour-coded corners for easy menu navigation.

For extra convenience, the new Ranger features a 240-volt power socket that can be used to power a laptop computer anywhere, from a work site to a family road trip.

There is also an array of driver assist technologies that help to make driving more convenient.

  • Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid work together to help to prevent the driver from unintentionally drifting out of a lane when driving at high speeds. If the forward-facing camera detects the vehicle is straying from its lane, Lane Keeping Alert warns the driver with a vibration in the steering wheel. If no action is taken to correct the drift, Lane Keeping Aid applies steering torque to guide the vehicle back into its lane
  • Adaptive Cruise Control makes use of radar sensors to maintain both a preset speed as well as a preset distance from the vehicle ahead. When the system detects a vehicle ahead, it decelerates automatically to maintain a safe distance. It accelerates back to the driver’s preset cruising speed when the road ahead clears. An adjustable speed limiter helps drivers avoid unintentionally exceeding their selected speed
  • Forward Alert works with Adaptive Cruise Control to give drivers a visual and audible warning when the gap to a vehicle ahead drops below a safe distance. The system also charges the brakes to ensure optimum braking performance
  • Front and Rear Park Assist uses sensors to detect obstacles and provide audible warnings when the vehicle approaches obstructions at low speeds, such as when parking. A rear-view camera gives a clear view behind the vehicle, giving greater confidence when parking and hitching up a trailer
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System helps drivers to stay safe and save fuel by alerting them when tyre pressure is too low
  • Electronic Stability Program with rollover mitigation and trailer sway control helps to keep the vehicle under control even in adverse conditions
  • Driver Alert uses the forward-facing camera and on-board sensors to detect if the driver is drowsy. If it notices signs such as drifting off course and sudden corrective steering inputs, the system warns the driver with gradually louder signals
  • In markets where it is available, Emergency Assistance uses a Bluetooth-paired and connected phone to call local emergency services in the event of a serious collision. The system communicates details of the accident and your vehicle’s location, and then opens the line to let you speak directly with responders
  • Other smart technologies include Hill Launch Assist, to help you confidently start off from a slope, whether in forward or reverse; Hill Descent Control, which uses the traction control system to help you descend steep slopes at a constant speed; Adaptive Load Control, which adjusts the Electronic Stability Control system based on vehicle load; and Emergency Brake Assistance, which provides additional pressure to the brake system to increase braking force when you apply the brakes quickly in an emergency situation.
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Efficient power
The new Ranger’s impressive power, capability, and payload and towing capacity are made possible thanks to powerful and efficient diesel engines paired to either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. All three engine options provide Ranger customers with a winning combination of power and efficiency in all conditions, and help to underscore Ford’s fun-to-drive promise.

For maximum power and torque for heavy-duty towing, Ford is offering the latest generation of its globally proven 3.2-litre TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine. Upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system help to increase efficiency, while still putting out 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque.

New Ranger also offers 130 PS and 160 PS variants of Ford’s latest 2.2-litre TDCi four-cylinder diesel engine, delivering significantly improved fuel efficiency and refinement, while also providing increased output compared to the 125 PS and 150 PS engines in the outgoing model.

Maximising the efficiency of its engines, the new Ford Ranger is available with Auto-Start-Stop technology, which saves fuel by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is idling, such as at a stop light. Combined with the availability of longer final drive ratios, these efficiency improvements help to achieve targeted reductions in fuel consumption which exceed 15 per cent on certain models.

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“When we set out to improve upon the Ford Ranger, we knew we had our work cut out for us: the current Ranger is one of the toughest, most capable trucks out there,” said Richard Tilley, vehicle line director, Ford Asia Pacific. “But thanks to our proud truck heritage and global expertise in the utility segment, we’ve made what was great even better. With improved efficiency, refinement and a range of smart new technologies, the new Ranger redefines what customers can expect from a tough and capable pickup truck.”

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