Ford makes NZ’s #1 ute better

Ford makes NZ’s #1 ute better

New Zealand’s #1 ute, the Ford Ranger, shifts the goal posts with new bolder look, improved performance, new smart technologies and safety enhancements

Ford NZ has also confirmed pricing for the new Ranger, with a range that includes XL, XLT and Wildtrak, ahead of its launch here in September.

“With a refreshed design, smart new technologies and safety enhancements, the new Ranger will continue to cement its position as NZ’s favourite ute,” says Corey Holter, Ford New Zealand managing director. “Ford has managed to take a fantastic vehicle and make it even better with significant enhancements inside and out, and well beyond the cosmetic.”

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Among the new Ford Ranger’s features are: SYNC2 connectivity, WiFi hotspot, hill launch assist, hill descent control, trailer sway control, tyre pressure monitoring system, cooled centre console, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control + forward collision warning and lane keep assist and lane departure warning.

Apart from improved features and content, visually, the acclaimed Ranger design has been improved with a bold new grille and headlight treatment, including the Ford signature trapezoidal grille.

For 2015, the key exterior design features include:

  • New front grille with trapezoidal design
  • New headlamps which are mounted high up out of harm’s way and shaped to flow into the front mudguard and the bush guard on the lower part of the bumper design
  • Recessed driving lamps
  • New wheel designs

Interior update

The interior of the Ranger has been further enhanced to deliver a car-like environment that is more innovative and functional. The Ranger features a strong horizontal dash design that incorporates a new instrument cluster and centre panel, with a clear distinction between models. Buyers will also appreciate new soft-touch materials.

The broad aspect of the new ‘Beam’ style dash design lends a fresh new feel to the interior while retaining and enhancing the latest in-car integrated technology that sets Ranger apart from its competition.

A lot of development work has also been put into making the Ranger interior quieter, with improved levels of noise, vibration and harshness.

Improved performance

A robust electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers in 4×4 models to shift on the fly from 4×2 to 4×4 high with a knob on the centre console. For low-speed torque, or additional downhill braking, drivers can also engage low-range 4×4 gearing, while an electronic locking rear differential helps to improve traction in difficult conditions. These off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3500 kg and exceptional payload capacity.

The driving experience is further enhanced by an electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, which provides precise steering with a natural and confident feel.

The latest generation of Ford’s globally proven 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine powers the new Ford Ranger, and enables its impressive capabilities. Putting out 147 kW of power and 470 Nm of torque for excellent towing performance, the engine features upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system help to improve fuel efficiency by up to 18%.

New features

  • The new Ranger comes with a wealth of new standard features, the most notable of which include:
  • Ford’s SYNC hands free connectivity system (XL)
  • Ford’s SYNC2 with a high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen (XLT and Wildtrak)
  • Satellite navigation with Ford’s SYNC2 ‘One Shot’ input – one command to enter favourite destinations
  • Electric power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Cable shift manual transmission
  • Auto stop/start on manual transmission (4×2 Hi-Rider and 4×4 models)
  • 240V inverter (Double and Super Cab models)
  • monitoring system (XLT and Wildtrak)
  • Projector headlamps (XLT and Wildtrak)
  • Dual colour 4.2” instrumentation screens (XLT and Wildtrak)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Front parking sensors(XLT and Wildtrak)
  • Reverse camera (XLT and Wildtrak)
Model Engine Manual transmission Automatic Transmission
2WD XL Single Cab Chassis Cab, Manual – special order only 2.2L Duratorq TDCi $36,040
2WD XL Single Cab Wellside – special order only 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $38,040
2WD XL Super Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $42,140
2WD XLT Super Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $49,840
2WD XL Double Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $44,540 $46,540
2WD XLT Double Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $49,040 $51,040
4WD XL Single Cab Chassis Cab – special order only 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $47,940
4WD XL Super Cab Chassis Cab 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $51,640
4WD XL Super Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $54,140
4WD XLT Super Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $58,940
4WD XL Double Cab Chassis Cab 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $53,840
4WD XL Double Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $55,440 $57,440
4WD XLT Double Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $61,040 $63,040
4WD Wildtrak Double Cab Wellside 3.2L Duratorq TDCi $67,640 $69,64
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