Test Drive: new Ford Ranger pickup with 2.2 diesel engine!
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The new Ford Ranger is robust, offers great payload and is armed for any terrain.
Although the number of Ford Rangers in our country may be counted on two hands, in the United States is a well-known pickup that has a long history behind them. The Ranger was already born in the early 80s, when Ford wanted to offer a more compact alternative to the larger F-Series. Budget friendly, but equally capable. A formula which proved very successful for a long time, but in the United States could not resist to the ravages of time.
However, in South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and now even in Belgium, where the Ranger notes a big demand from independent or local farmer. The new Ranger was developed under the One Car philosophy by a global team in Australia, where the engineers placed the emphasis on robustness, off-road capability and fuel efficiency. No gas-guzzling V8 under the hood so, but two powerful engines: a 2.2-liter four-cylinder and a 3.2-liter five-cylinder.
The design comes back this time of Ford design department, in contrast to a long period in which the Ranger was a mere rebadge of the Mazda B-Series. Not that it matters, a pickup is a pickup. However, the broken lines show the designers drew it with a little freedom. Still, Ford Ranger has several elements that help to be distinguished from its competitors, such as the characteristic three-line grille. Furthermore, some rounded corners for a more aerodynamic and modern impression, both the headlights and mirrors are bigger and a shorter front. Muscular and aggressive, or "21st Century Tough" as the designers prefer to articulate. With a total length of 5,359 mm and a width of 1,850 mm, the Ranger is also bigger than before, and although in the city is not immediately practical, the maneuverability of this pickup is acceptable or even good in its class.
The two body styles in European range include Super Cab and Double Cab, respectively 1,450 and 1,210 liters cargo. The Double Cab is slightly more family-friendly, but the flip side of the coin is a shortened platform of 1847 mm to 1549 mm.
Inside the new Ranger looks rather austere, but given its assignment as true workhorse, hard plastics are easily washable, a plus rather than a minus, in addition, the pickup is fully with his time, with Bluetooth, USB and iPod integration. Also cruise control and voice control are available already from the XLT version level. The multifunction information screen in the center console is rather small, but still a worthy addition.
Space is more abundant and thanks to the backward movement of the B-pillar, the legroom for rear seat passengers in the Double Cab version is the best in its class. The Ranger don't denies its American roots: the deep storage compartment in the center console is cooled and has a capacity of 8.5 liters -also the largest in its class- while the doors easily hide magnum bottles. The bigger the better! Given the standard uncovered cargo in the back, in the interior are more than 20 storage spaces for luggage and under the rear seats is even a hidden room for a few screwdrivers, pincers and other instruments. The leather seats are finally nice and comfortable but not always offer the best lateral support.
However, the new Ford Ranger feels surprisingly good. In the 4 × 2 mode, purely RWD, Ranger offers even more confidence to go harder and lean just a bit- inevitable with a pickup... we were really pleasantly surprised by the combination of steering feel and handling. Given the large ballast that Ranger should be able to carry the suspension is rather hard. Somewhat lose in comfort, but everything always remains within the standards and on cruise speed the pickup is even really comfy. When you are in the center console via a rotary switch to the 4 × 4 mode, the Ranger is slightly less maneuverable. Ford therefore advises not to use this mode under normal driving conditions. If it is really necessary, however, the four-wheel drive handy. It may not be a Land Rover Defender, but the Ranger is also a "male" on difficult terrain.
A ground clearance of 229 mm, an actuating angle of 28 °, tilt angle of 35 ° and a maximum wading depth of 800 mm are only some data from the mill rate. If it is really difficult, it is possible to switch to 4 × 4 Low. Optionally there is also an electronic differential lock available that will be useful when one of the wheels is on ice, in mud or in the air. By default, the Ranger has already an advanced traction control, which is able to reduce the engine torque to the level that to handle perfectly on any surface. The Ranger withstood testing through deserts, rivers, was tested in extreme heat and cold conditions and at high altitude. The new Ford Ranger is capable, that's for sure.
And capable is the least that can be said about the new engines: a 2.2-liter TDCi and a 3.2-liter five-cylinder TDCi. Both are rather rich in torque and we went out with the four-cylinder delivering 375 Nm. This torque is also already available from 1,500 rpm and power output of 150 hp comes at 3,700 crankshaft revolutions. With a sprint time of 12.3 seconds to 100 km / h, the Ranger Double Cab is nor a sprinter, but given its size and 2123 kg, the time is not slow. For completeness we mention here the Defender-devouring top speed of 175 km / h, but more importantly at the Ranger is the maximum towing capacity of 3,350 kilograms and the maximum authorized mass of 3,200 kilograms.
At low speeds, are reaching disturbing vibrations on the dashboard, but, once the speed is increasing, those vibrations disappear. It is also important that Ford succeeded consumption strongly pressing: according to the brochure, the Ranger consumes 8.5 litres/100 kilometers, also joined us in consumption after extensive testing this week below 10 liters: 9.4 liters.
Besides the permanent consumption within limits, the Ford Ranger register as light freight, which also saves again for those who consider a pickup in their driveway. And that can be buyed from 23,095 euros, the amount that is good for the 2.2-liter TDCi Ranger Super Cab XL.
Electrically operated front windows, electrically operated and heated door mirrors and a radio / CD are standard here. Like the numerous safety systems including ESP, traction control, anti-roll system for trailers, Roll Over Mitigation, Load Adaptive Control, Hill Start Assist and hill descent. At the cost of EUR 25.395 available for XLT you also have alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, air conditioning, cruise control, USB and Bluetooth. The Limited version of our test car ensures then that the Ranger is not far inferior to the equipment find even on prestigious cars. Larger 17-inch wheels, dark tinted rear windows, cool box in the center console, dual-zone automatic Arico, four electric windows, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, leather upholstery and parking sensors are just some elements of the more equipment. Our 2.2-liter Ranger Double Cab Limited goes for 28,635 euros out the door. The top-notch equipment Wildtrak is only compatible with the 470 Nm supplying 3.2-liter five-cylinder and costs 30,985 euros. Options are limited to a metallic (€ 413), a navigation (€ 750) and some accessories.
The new Ford Ranger has managed to fill the gap between a pickup and an ordinary car. The Ranger remains brutal, but in some areas greatly evolves into the sophisticated side. The new powertrains confirm its existence in Europe and also in off-road, the Ranger is extremely capable. Both in technologically and safety terms, the Ranger is fully with new times and in our opinion the Ranger is anything but expensive.
+ Performance & Consumption
+ Handling provides confidence
- Vibration at low speeds
- Lack of lateral support (Source: http://www.groenlicht.be)
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