Refreshed ford ranger arrives in 2019 – motors – namibian sun gas up


“Ford’s recent investment has been geared towards expanding our local production capacity and preparing for the updated Ranger, including the first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor,” said Ockert Berry, vice president of operations for Ford Middle East and Africa.

“Once again, this reaffirms Ford’s long-term commitment to the region, as well as to our employees, suppliers and partners. It also acknowledges the confidence that Ford has in our local operations to produce truly world-class products for domestic sales and an extensive list of export markets,” Berry added.

“The current generation Ford Ranger has been a phenomenal success, both in Southern Africa and internationally, and the updated models that will be released next year will raise the bar further in the highly competitive light commercial vehicle sector.”

Building on the Ranger’s ‘Built Ford Tough’ heritage, the latest model is destined to further expand the capabilities and proven off-road credentials that have contributed to the Ranger becoming one of South Africa’s top-selling vehicles overall, and in the light commercial segment.

For 2019, the Ford Ranger will offer a greater choice of powertrains, including the new high-tech Bi-Turbo diesel engine that will, most notably, make its debut on the exciting all-new Ranger Raptor. The new-generation diesel engine will be produced on an all-new assembly line installed at the Ford Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth.

With common-rail direct fuel injection, an integrated intake manifold, and a belt-in-oil primary drive, the Bi-Turbo is compact, lightweight, powerful and efficient. It takes advantage of sequential turbocharging to deliver greater responsiveness, drivability and maximum efficiency.

With 500 Nm from a low 1 750 r/min, the Bi-Turbo delivers a greater torque spread, with the 10-speed’s close ratios reducing gaps in power and acceleration to confidently conquer all types of terrain, while maintaining the Ranger’s exceptional payload and 3 500 kg towing capability.

Rugged good looks define the current generation of the Ford Ranger, and the refreshed model for 2019 sees styling changes that further enhance the off-road stance and visual appeal. Led by a cleaner new grille which features the distinctive ‘nostrils’ and a more distinctively chiselled lower bumper with broader intake, it offers a more dynamic look.

This will be complemented by Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) keyless entry and push-button start. The Ranger’s easy-to-live-with features will also now include Active Park Assist (APA) on the range-topping derivatives, reducing stress by enabling semi-automatic parallel parking.

Loading will be made far easier with the introduction of an easy-lift tailgate on all pick-up models. With a new internal mechanism, the Ranger’s tailgate is lighter to lift, with a 70% reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing.

New packaging also enables geometry changes that bring improved ride, a reduction in body roll as well as improved steering precision. Crucially, while improving the drive and refinement, the suspension changes do not impact on Ranger’s exceptional towing and payload capabilities.