The facelifted Ford Ranger pickup will finally debut in Europe at the Frankfurt Motor Show with a new face and enhanced diesel engines.
Available from late 2015 in European markets, the refreshed Ford Ranger will be showcased in Frankfurt in top-spec Wildtrak grade, which sports an exclusive exterior design treatment, unique interior trim, and a striking new Pride Orange color.
Unique details for the Ranger Wildtrak include a dark, liquid metallic grey finish for the new trapezoidal grille, as well as dark grey accents on the side mirrors, door handles, side air vents, load-bed rails and tail lamps.
Other exclusive design elements on the new Wildtrak include rectangular fog lamps, a unique sports hoop, machined 18-inch alloy wheels and Wildtrak graphics. Inside, the unique seats with orange accents and stitching make the connection with the body color. The instrument cluster features dual color digital displays and an 8-inch touchscreen.
Under the hood, the refreshed Ford Ranger gets more efficient diesel engines thanks to Auto-Start-Stop technology, new final drive ratio options and the introduction of Electric Power Assisted Steering – Ford talks about reductions in fuel consumption of up to 17 percent.
European customers will be able to choose between two versions of the 2.2-liter TDCi engine with 130PS (129hp) and 160PS (158hp), with a 200PS (197hp) 3.2-liter TDCi unit also available. Both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are offered, and customers can select four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive variants. Wildtrak models feature four-wheel drive as standard.
The 160PS model returns 6.5 l/100 km (43.5 mpg UK or 36.2 mpg US) and 171 g/km CO2 emissions – down from 7.8 l/100 km and 206 g/km CO2 in the outgoing 150PS model.
The Ranger remains a capable truck off-road, thanks to its 230mm (9in) of ground clearance, a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle and the ability to wade through water up to 800mm (31.5in) deep. The four-wheel drive system features low-range four-wheel drive gearing, while an electronic locking rear differential helps to improve traction in difficult conditions.