The heart of the Ford Ranger’s outstanding durability and strength just got an upgrade, introducing the new-generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder Bi-turbo and single turbo. They are more potent and fuel-efficient than ever before which means you can devote more time enjoying it for what it’s built to do, exploring life, discovering the roads less travelled, tackling thrillingly fun obstacles and making the utmost best of times for you and your loved ones.
This remarkable new engine is exclusively available with the refined all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, which delivers the ideal combination between automatic convenience, and manual efficiency, selecting the appropriate gear at exactly the right moment, making the ride superbly smooth and fuel-efficient. Additional innovations include the Progressive Range Select and there is the option of a full manual from the Sport mode, controlled by buttons on the gearshift lever for those who are not so fond of driving an automatic and likes to call the shots. Another great feature is Electronic Shift on the Fly 4 × 4, which allows you to switch between 4 × 2 and 4 X 4 high range while on the move.
I know some people feel like going from a 3.2 engine to a 2.0L just doesn’t make sense or that it will be a huge downgrade in power, but this is where innovation and technology steps in. The Bi-Turbo diesel engine’s two turbos work in sequence to deliver tremendous power and torque, combined with a state-of-the-art 10-speed automatic transmission, resulting in the ultimate combination of performance and refinement achieving 157 Kilowatts and 500 Newton meters of torque with an improve on fuel usage, bringing it down to 7.9L per 100 kilometres with the Bi-Turbo and a remarkable 6.3L per 100 kilometres with the 2.0 Single-Turbo range.
The new Ford Ranger has arrived, and they say, “Whatever it is, bring it!” so I did. I took the new Ford Ranger 4×4 2.0 Bi-Turbo for a ride to challenge it a bit and to see what the fuss is about.
I’m no expert when it comes to off-roading, so I had a professional instructor with me to carefully direct me through the track. We started by reducing the tyre pressure to 1.6 as we will encounter various types of challenging terrains like sand, mud, deep water, steep inclines and declines.
Sitting in the driver seat, buckled up with the adventurous 4×4 track in front of me, I thought I was ready to get the wheels rolling. Only to find I was missing an extremely important step, adjusting my seat and mirrors specifically for the occasion and placing myself in a proper off-road driving position. I soon learned the importance of it and how it can increase your ability to comfortably and safely go through the obstacles.
After everything was explained and well understood it was time to cover the Ford Ranger with some dirt and to put it to the test. Now, this is where the fun and excitement truly began! The instructor demonstrated and explained every obstacle and thereafter I followed. He made everything look like a walk in the park, but it becomes a whole different story when you are the one who is about to face the challenge. Your heart starts beating, and the obstacle suddenly looks more daunting and terrifying!
Imagine this… You’re tackling a steep uphill and when you reach the top, all you can see is the blue skies! Now, you have to obey and trust the instructor completely. Turn whenever he says you need to turn the steering and then when the vehicle is in the right position and with the hill descent control on he tells you to leave everything. This was the strangest and most frightening feeling for me, not using any of the pedals and off you go! The vehicle automatically uses the brake system, taking you downhill at a safe and steady pace.
The new Ford Ranger 4×4’s makes everything feel like a breeze with Electronic Locking Rear Differential and driver-assist features. You will look and feel like a pro behind the wheel even if you are a novice driver!
With the high level of comfort, impressive technology, entertainment and safety features you might forget that you are driving in one of the toughest vehicles out there!
So, there you have it… Bring your love for adventure, adrenaline and your challenge seeking attitude to your nearest Ford dealership. The new Ford Ranger got you covered.
Words: Chamoney Berrange’