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2012 Ford Ranger

POSTED BY CBT Team ON 08 February 2012


Expected to be available in 180 markets around the world next year, the all-new Ford Ranger has taken features available in pickup trucks a notch higher.

Unlike other manufacturers who have only been facelifting their pickup truck models repeatedly, Ford made sure that the new Ranger is completely new on the outside, inside, as well as under the hood.

Thanks to Sime Darby Auto Connexion Sdn Bhd, principal dealer of Ford vehicles in Malaysia, we had the opportunity to get our hands on the 2012 Ford Ranger, and put it to the test on a 145km drive in Chiang Rai, Thailand recently.

Outside, the new Ranger is now bigger than the model it replaces. It is not only longer (5359mm), but also wider (1850mm), offering a whole lot more cabin space than its predecessor.

With a raked windscreen, large headlamps, stamped-in wheel lips and higher beltline, the Ranger wins big when it comes to looking ‘bad-ass’. It also has a presence way stronger than the previous Ranger.

According to Ford, the Ranger’s exterior appearance is a combination of design and engineering. It was designed not only to look sleek, but to improve aerodynamics. The Ranger currently has the best co-efficiency of drag (COD) in its class, at 0.39.

As tough as it looks, the Ranger performs just as well. Our journey in Chiang Rai consisted of about 70km of highway cruising, 50km of windy, uphill roads and about 15km of dirt and mild off-roading.

On the highway, the Ranger surprised us with the level of comfort it offered. The ride height, comfortable seats, and most importantly, the impressive NVH level made the drive a very pleasurable one.

Dampening was also decent. The Ranger had very minimal vibration or wobbling sensation at speed of 150km/h which could be reached with ease on highways.

Even during driving on windy roads, body roll was minimal. Once we went off-road, the Ranger tackled rough surfaces just as well as its rivals in the market. The only difference was that the Ranger had a more premium feel inside it.

After fiddling around inside the Ranger for a couple of minutes, we realised that the Ranger proves to be a class leader in terms of interior features, with Bluetooth connectivity with voice control, rear view camera, iPod connectivity, and a glove-compartment that can fit a whole laptop in it.

To be frank, we felt that Ford is being too generous with interior features for a vehicle in this category.

The most exciting part of the drive was the water-crossing, where we had to drive the Ranger across a small stream, putting its water wading abilities to the test.

With an outstanding water-wading capability of 800 millimetres, the stream was crossed without a hassle.

In terms of off-roading abilities, the Ranger comes with Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control, ‘Shift on the fly’ feature which allows the driver to switch between 4×2 and 4×4 mode within 120kmh, and also a tow-hook and recovery hook mounting.

Overall, the all-new Ranger proves itself to be a forerunner in every area that is important to the customers, be it in terms of performance, practicality or good looks.

Expected to be available in 2.2 and 3.2 diesel engines with manual and automatic transmission choices in mid 2012, the Ranger is all set to make its rivals run for their money.

As part of its pre-launch campaign, Sime Darby AutoConnexion is running the Malaysian Global Ford Ranger Challenge, where members of the public are invited to submit their ideas of a unique challenge worthy of a world class truck like the all new Ranger. Five finalists will be selected, each will be of them will be loaned an all new Ranger for them to carry out their nominated challenge with the help of a professional film crew provided by Ford. Visit here for more information.

Specifications:
2012 Ford Ranger 2.2

  • Engine: 2.2 liter, four-cylinder diesel turbo
  • Displacement: 2,198cc
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic/ six-speed manual
  • Max power: 150PS @ 3,700rpm
  • Max torque: 375Nm @ 1500 – 2500rpm
  • Fuel consumption: 7.6L/100km

2012 Ford Ranger 3.2

  • Engine: 3.2 liter, five-cylinder diesel turbo
  • Displacement: 3,198cc
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic/ six-speed manual
  • Max power: 200PS @ 3,000rpm
  • Max torque: 470Nm @ 1750 – 2500rpm
  • Fuel consumption: 9.6L/100km

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