Just months after its world debut in Thailand, the 2016 Ford Ranger has quickly reached our shores, bringing extensive updates inside and out to the Philippines’ best selling pick-up truck for 2015. Now that our market is filled with new pick-up trucks from most of the major brands, your decision in buying a new truck has just gotten harder.
The exterior changes are noticeable, starting with the trapezoidal grille. It’s bolder and has a look that’s more in line with the Ford Everest, an SUV based on the Ranger. New, sleeker projector headlamps, and dark elements featuring liquid metallic grey finishes highlight the more aggressive elements of the Wildtrak variants. Chili Orange has now been replaced by a brighter shade called Pride Orange.
Inside, the changes are more pronounced, and again, in order to make it in line with the Ford Everest.The dashboard has a predominantly horizontal design, and for the Wildtrak variants, the dashboard is dominated by Ford’s SYNC 2, also known as MyFord Touch. Also unique to the Wildtrak variants are premium design elements such as the orange and grey interior highlights, and the leather stitched dashboard.
The Ford Ranger soldiers on with two powertrain choices, a 2.2 liter 4-cylinder and a 3.2 liter 5-cylinder Duratorq engine. For the 3.2 liter, power remains unchanged, at 200 hp and 470 Nm of torque. The 2.2 liter, however, receives substantial changes. It now produces 160 hp and 385 Nm of torque, and both engines can be mated either to a 6-Speed Manual or Automatic transmission, regardless of variant. The biggest mechanical change, however, is the move form a hydraulic assist to an electric power steering.
The Ford Ranger’s safety credentials are already class leading, and this facelift places the Ford Ranger even further ahead. Apart from the plethora of standard electronic aids such as Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and Trailer Sway Control, from the XLT variants up, the 3.2 Wildtrak variants add more sophisticated active driver assist systems, namely radar guided Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid (in which the system adds steering inputs to keep the car in center), and Forward Collision Alert and Mitigation. These active convenience and safety features should make driving a pick-up truck more and more sophisticated and comfortable.
Since these updates are as extensive as they can get, the Ford Ranger’s pricing increases noticeably. The following are the prices for the new Ford Ranger.
- 2.2 4×2 XLS MT – P 1,039,000
- 2.2 4×4 XLS MT – P 1,199,000
- 2.2 4×2 XLT MT – P 1,219,000
- 2.2 4×2 XLT AT – P 1,279,000
- 2.2 4×2 Wildtrak MT – P 1,360,000
- 2.2 4×2 Wildtrak AT – P 1,420,000
- 2.2 4×4 Wildtrak MT – P 1,470,000
- 2.2 4×4 Wildtrak AT – P 1,530,000
- 3.2 4×4 Wildtrak MT – P 1,619,000
- 3.2 4×4 Wildtrak AT – P 1,679,000