The new Ford Ranger is designed to offer optimal flexibility for business use, sports activities and family getaways.
The Ranger is “loaded” with smart and practical features.
Across Europe, pick-up vehicles do not only work hard on farms or construction sites, as more and more customers discover that the practicality they offer makes them ideal partners and for leisure activities.
Wanting to ensure that the next generation Ranger will be able to transport gear to inaccessible places as well as families with sports equipment on adventure trips.
Ford has partnered with owners of pick-up models to develop practical and smart features that make its new offering the most versatile and capable Ranger in model history.
A workshop on wheels
Ford’s design team interviewed over 5,000 pick-up model owners to find out how they use the body – from merchants and adventure friends to families carrying equipment – and have developed numerous innovative solutions for easier access and more efficient use of space.
The access ladder to the rear load compartment makes it much easier to get on the body. Attached directly to the loading area via two steel bases, the ladder has a strong and durable structure, which means that one no longer has to step on a muddy wheel with a slippery surface to access the loading area.
The lighting of the loading area means that the erection or packing construction site or camping equipment and finding tools in the dark is much easier.
The zone lighting is controlled via the touch screen of the infotainment system located inside the car or via the FordPass application on the smartphone. A combination of headlights, taillights, license plate lights and body lighting can be adjusted to illuminate a 360-degree area around the pick-up, or simply specific zones, helping to safely inspect the area around the vehicle at night.
The Easy Lift rear door, which goes up and down with one hand, also functions as a mobile workbench. The rear door worktop is designed to assist owners with professional or do-it-yourself tasks. Two sockets with clamps hidden behind lids with springs on the rear door are designed to help hold wood or other materials, while a built-in ruler with a scale of 10 mm (on models that are not equipped with the additional load compartment cover) facilitates any measurements.
Optional power supplies at the charging station in the form of two 12V sockets and a 400 W transformer offer customers the ability to power various electrical appliances by connecting it directly to the Ranger. With a power of 400W, appliances such as a small oven, an electric refrigerator, a smartphone or a laptop can be operated from the socket located in the loading area.
Innovations for easier transport of cargo
The body of the new Ranger includes several new innovations that help owners to personalize the loading space to suit their needs.
The new load-bearing floor covering includes separation points for owners to create their own equipment booths. which otherwise would carry inside the cabin. Personalized partitions can be made of wood at home and then installed and removed on a case by case basis. The new design and the material of the cover offer three more advantages: it is more comfortable for the knees, easier to clean and more non-slip for the transported materials.
The loading / unloading process in Ranger is easier than ever. The loading body has the best capacity in the category as it exceeds 1,200 liters, 3 which means that customers can carry more. As the Ranger is now 50 mm wider, the body can carry a standard europallet between the wheel arches (up to 1,224 mm) while the load space is from 1,638 mm to 2,305 mm depending on the version.
An inner rail with spring-adjustable bases on each side of the body allows customers to move / secure the base-mounting points depending on each load and in nine positions along the rail. There are also six fixed attachment points on the body.
Exterior lashing rails increase flexibility in cargo handling and are designed to work easily with straps / ratchets and ropes, while Wildtrak models are equipped with aluminum plates that also act as lashing rails running the entire length of the body.
Durable plastic body and door covers protect the ends of the load compartment and the corresponding rear door from damage. This means that owners can load equipment into the body without fear of damaging the paint on the upper surface of the load compartment or on the tailgate.
Carriage access caps are removable plastic seat covers accessories such as hardtop, crossbars for camping and adventure equipment.
Standard roof mounts allow easy installation of accessories such as racks or a platform. The maximum permissible roof load of the new Ranger is 350 kg (static) and 85 kg (dynamic).
The optional electrically foldable body cover allows customers to open and close it using the remote control, a switch located inside the body or by the instrument panel. Bases for bicycles, kayaks, snowboards / skis or camping equipment are attached to the side accessory sockets under the grooves of the cover. The electric cover includes ice breaking and obstacle detection functions for extra comfort and protection.
The new Ranger will be available with over 150 factory accessories since its launch in Europe. Knowing that the Ranger is likely to carry heavy equipment, Ford engineers added space for a second battery under the hood and a pre-installation with switch panels on the roof to facilitate the installation of light bars, “worker” or more complex modifications such as dump trucks and towing equipment.
The order book for the new generation Ranger will open in Europe at the end of 2022 and deliveries to customers will begin in early 2023.
«We’ve put a lot into the next generation Ranger to inspire owners to do more than they love to do, with features that encourage them to explore new horizons.» said Gary Boes, Enterprise Product Line Management director, Ford Global Trucks
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