Ford will make the current Ranger more appealing with the introduction of a new facelift, applied as the model reached its half lifecycle. The 2016 Ford Ranger will be unveiled during this year Frankfurt Motor Show, along the Edge, a model that will also be available on the European market.
The flagship Wildtrak model on display in Frankfurt has an exclusive exterior design, unique interior trim, and a new signature colour: Pride Orange. It also has unique dark, liquid metallic grey finish for the new trapezoidal grille. The same accent colour continues to the side mirrors, door handles, side air vents, load-bed rails and tail lamps, for a bold and sporty appearance. Other exclusive design elements on the new Wildtrak include rectangular fog lamps, a unique sports hoop, machined 18-inch alloy wheels and bold Wildtrak graphics.
Inside, orange is used as an accent colour to add a sense of sportiness. A strong horizontal beam spanning from driver to passenger door emphasises the cabin’s width and houses an instrument cluster with dual colour digital displays, and an eight-inch touchscreen.
The new Wildtrak also features unique seats, including an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, with bold graphical elements and orange stitching.
Ford’s voice-activated SYNC 2 connectivity system, which features an 8-inch touchscreen with colour-coded corners for easy menu navigation is also inside. An array of driver assistance technologies include Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, Rear View Camera, and a standard Electronic Stability Control system with rollover mitigation and trailer sway control.
On the mechanical side, the 2016 Ranger features Start-Stop technology, new final drive ratio options and the introduction of Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), delivering reductions in fuel consumption of up to 17 per cent.
The improved diesel line-up features a 160 hp variant of Ford’s latest 2.2-litre TDCi engine – delivering increased output compared to the 125 hp and 150 hp engines in the outgoing model – and the powerful 200 hp five-cylinder 3.2-litre TDCi unit. Both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available, and customers can select four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive variants. Wildtrak models feature four-wheel drive as standard.