The second generation of the Ford Ranger is here, and the truck is ready to bring profit to Ford. The previous generation was a highly successful story, and there is no reason for the 2016 Ford Ranger not to duplicate the success.
The bad news, however, is that at the moment, Ford is offering the truck only to foreign markets, with a debut into the US not on the horizon by the end of the year.
The 2016 Ranger was launched in Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. Next destinations for the vehicle are South Africa. Wherever the Ranger goes, Ford gets high profits. The previous version was a bestseller in Australia, the second best-selling truck in the country. The only one that can rival the Ranger is the Toyota Hilux.
One thing that the 2016 Ranger offers is versatility. Customers can choose between 37 variations, including different trimmings, cabin space, two or four wheel drive and much more. The top of the line is the XLT, which has a chrome grille, distinctive alloy wheels and multiple cosmetic features such as mirror caps and door handles.
The 2016 Ford Ranger is more than just a cosmetic tweak. The company has also changed the suspension, with the result a better ride, especially in the higher trim models. The company has added new, electronic power-assisted steering system. The goal is to take the load off the engine that should result in better fuel efficiency.
Inside, the company has installed the Sync 2 touchscreen system into the 2016 Ranger. The system was previously seen in the Mondeo and is something that drivers will have to get used to since there are fewer buttons and different menus. The menus are placed in the top left corner (phone), top right (navigation), bottom right (climate) and bottom left (media and radio). The system has reduced the clutter, as there are now fewer buttons on the dashboard.
The 2016 Ford Ranger also gets the tech goodies when it comes to driving assistance. Lane-keeping assistance, radar cruise control and collision prevention warning and braking all make their way to the Ranger.
The best engine offering continues to be the 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine that can produce up to 200hp and offers 470Nm.
The price for the XLT trimming starts at $46,690. But that is just the base model. For those who want four wheel drive, the price goes up to $52,390. The Wildtrak trimming, which is even more advanced, starts at $57,890 with manual transmission.