Ford reveals the 2023 Ranger in Thailand – Manila Bulletin

New generation Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4×4 and 4×2

As early as October 2021, various media outlets had been speculating about the profile, powertrain, and prowess of the second-generation mid-size pickup truck that Ford called the #NextGenRanger. Seven months later, finally in our region. But before getting to local dealers, we took the top two variants (Wildtrak 4×4 and 4×2) on a 160-kilometre journey on city, highway and state-of-the-art off-road terrain to test their capabilities.

Thailand is hosting the Ford Ranger 2023 international media drive. The route took us from our cozy resort in picturesque Phuket to Ranger Ville — a large rock quarry in Phangnga next to the forest. It’s the perfect setting with hills, ponds, slippery tracks, muddy sections, loose surfaces, rocks, and sand, including steep descents and steep ascents.

Bigger dimension

Ford isn’t calling it an all-new model, although it’s a model change and not just a facelift, as the new Ranger still shares the shape, powertrain, daylight openings and chassis mounts with its predecessor. That said, there are still many new features in the body.

Longer (16mm), wider (58mm) and taller (63mm). The larger body allows engineers to extend the wheelbase and track by up to 50 mm for more space and greater stability. The front wheels are moved 50 mm forward to create a better approach angle and reduce front overhang, while the rear suspension dampers are shifted off the frame rails to provide a better ride on and off the road.

New features

New to the facade is a fresh grille with H bracket that complements the signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights. This model features matrix LED headlights, a new taillight design, and longer and wider floating rails and style bars above the bed.

The tail has integrated sidesteps to increase truck efficiency and owner productivity. It also features a new cargo management system with storage dividers, six tie points, air conditioning outlets, and even a clamp pocket on the tailgate for cutting or measuring long items.

Higher tech interior

Inside are new seats that are slimmer to help increase cabin space, but are further reinforced to maintain comfort. It features leather upholstery with Wildtrak’s signature orange stitching. The cockpit features a coast-to-coast linear design for increased visibility and has softer touch points (door panels and armrests and front edge of the dashboard).

The interior’s best feature is without a doubt the two new screens. One of them is an eight-inch LCD digital instrument cluster (which replaces the old 4.2-inch screen) with customizable color displays. Others are a 10.1-inch or 12-inch tablet-like touchscreen (depending on variant) with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and USB connectivity (Type A & C), and Ford’s latest in-vehicle communication software SYNC4A. In addition to the infotainment system, it also controls the air conditioning system, several safety features, and the truck differential lock.

Powertrain proved to be the same

Both engines are the same — a single turbo 2.0 liter for the 4×2 and a bi-turbo 2.0 liter for the 4×4. But this has been changed for cleaner emissions, so the power drops a few notches. The former has 170 PS (down 10 PS) and 405 Nm of torque (down 15 Nm), while the second has 210 PS (down 3 PS) and the same 500 Nm of torque.

Test track

It rained on Ranger Ville that day, which made the surface slicker, the mud stickier, and the pool a little deeper, but needless to say, it overcame all odds with relative ease. The joke is, that climbing the vertical surface of the mountain would be a more appropriate challenge.

We ran it at 2-High, 4-High, and 4-Low, and used its Terrain Management System to run on Normal, Slick, Mud & Ruth, and even Sand. We tested the Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping System, Hill Descent Control, 800mm fordability and the new 30-degree approach angle. It passed with flying colors.

Even novice off-roaders will find it relatively easy to use due to its Off-Road Sync Screen (with 360-degree views, front, side, zoom) which allows the driver to see steering angle, pitch and roll angle, and it even features a predictive track overlay. The entire interface is very intuitive – everything is just a click, play, or tap. That became a point to clarify with the chief platform engineer, Ian Foston. Won’t these electronics be a problem in the future? According to Foston, this model performs the most CPU simulations of any truck they currently own: performed a 5,000-meter altitude test, went through an extensive creak and creak rig, dynoed for fatigue and exhaustion, and ran an endurance test of 5.5 million kilometers. . He adds that electronics have been in trucks for at least 15 years — Ford just went a step further and used a large monitor as an input source.

When it comes to this, the 2023 Ford Ranger can be claimed as the most technologically advanced truck, and perhaps even the most luxurious. We don’t know when exactly, but Ford says it will happen within this year.

Thailand gets the Wildtrak 4×4 (2.0-liter bi-turbo / 10-speed AT), the Wildtrak 4×2 (2.0-liter single turbo / 6-speed AT), and a new variant, the Ranger Sport (2.0-liter single turbo / 6-speed AT). ).

Is this what we will get? We’ll find out soon enough.

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