Having made the debut at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show, the 2018 Ford Ranger midsize pickup comes extensively revised for 2018, boasting a brand new exterior and interior design, which will help it remain a competent off-roader, as well as a host of electronic safety features.
Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Ford Ranger features a contemporary styling including new sheet metal, clean sweeping lines and a new trapezoidal grille. The headlamps come with projector beam lights, fog lights, and chrome finish.
Around back, a revised rear bumper and tailgate have received a chrome finish. Compared to the outgoing model, the new design is more angular and yet the proof that the new Ranger means business is in high ground clearance and high departure angles.
Inside the cabin, the overall look and feel is crisp and functional with a new gauge cluster taking center stage. The display is similar to that found in the Ford Fusion. An eight-inch infotainment screen comes with SYNC 2, the latest version of Microsoft’s software. The system now features an improved voice command listening, giving the driver the ability to simply speak a prompt.
Aluminum-colored trim on the steering wheel and dash bring an upscale touch to the truck while bolstered seats and a leather-wrapped shift boot add to the impression.
The new Ranger also comes packed with available electronic safety nets. They include Lane Keeping Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert, Driver Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, and Electronic Stability Control with Adaptive Load Control and Emergency Brake Assistance.
2018 Ford Ranger Powertrain
The 2018 Ford Ranger is outfitted with four engines – three diesel and one gasoline. The pair of base 2.2-liter TDCi turbodiesels carries over from 2014 with slight boosts in power packing 128 horsepower and the 158 horsepower, respectively.
The real workhorse is the 3.2-liter TDCi five-cylinder turbodiesel delivering 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. The five-cylinder can two up to 7,716-pound loads.
Lastly, Ford offers the 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine. The unit offers 164 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque.
All engines can be paired to either the six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic unit. Likewise, all the engines are available with an Auto Start/Stop system that shuts off the engine in idling scenarios.
2018 Ford Ranger Relase Date and Price
The 2018 Ford Ranger should arrive at the global markets any day now. The pricing will likely be within the range of the outgoing Ranger, so expect the base truck to command a price somewhere in the $23,000 range while upper trim models will go for roughly $36,000. Sadly, the model won’t be available in the U.S.
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