New motor, new looks, new tech
Ford’s chief 4WD offerings, Ranger and Everest, are getting a new model land towards the end of this year. It’s not a completely new model, but it does come with some big changes. Let’s have a closer look.
The new engine is the same as the Ranger Raptor: a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, making 157kW and 500Nm. There’s a smaller fixed geometry turbo for the early punch of torque (that 500Nm comes on at 1,750-2,000rpm). Then, using a larger variable-geometry turbo, your peak power comes at 3,750rpm. The engine has an integrated intake manifold, and a ‘belt-in-oil primary drive’, which we assume is the main timing belt.
This new engine runs through a 10-speed gearbox, and will be available only on XLT and Wildtrak Rangers. Interestingly, the older 3.2-litre ‘Duratorq’, which makes 147kW @ 3,000rpm and 470Nm @ 1,750-2,500rpm will be available alongside the newer, smaller donk. It will stick with the same six-speed automatic and manual gearboxes, as well. The Everest will also have the option of both drivelines.
The look has been tweaked, but only slightly over the current offering. Changes on the Ranger exist mostly around the grille and front clip, along with a raised centreline on the bonnet. And it’s a similar story on the Everest, which also has a subtly updated look.
One main ingredient of the current Ranger’s success is definitely the included technology. Adaptive Cruise Control, SYNC3 and Lane Assist are all advanced features for a 4X4 ute. That list will extend to include Autonomous Braking, Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection. There is also the ability to read traffic signs, giving you an in-car warning of speed limits.
Ford also list a revised suspension geometry for both Ranger and Wildtrak, giving more refinement, and an improved ride and handling. But, there aren’t any details on what in particular has changed.
If you have a Ranger or Everest (or any Ford, for that matter) delivered after May 1st 2018, you’ll have a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Not too shabby. The rough date for these new vehicles arriving is Q4 2018, so something like October. Stay tuned for our evaluation; we’ll be particularly keen to compare the 3.2 against the new 2.0-litre engine.