After making its debut in Thailand in late 2020, the facelifted 2021 Ford Ranger has finally reached the Philippines. The now decade-old Ford Ranger continues to be popular and is still one of our most favorite pickups. Throughout its life cycle, Ford has given the Ranger numerous updates, keeping it competitive despite newer competition. The next-generation Ford Ranger is right around the corner, and it will share the same underpinnings as the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok. As such, consider this 2021 Ford Ranger as the last hurrah until the all-new model comes out.
As far as exterior changes go, they’re pretty minor. All Ranger variants now get a black mesh grille that was first seen in the sporty FX4 variant. The base XLS gets silver alloy wheels, while the mid-level XLT gets a new set of black alloy wheels. The Wildtrak variant adds orange accents to the grille, roof rails, 18-inch black alloy wheels and a new sports bar. Additionally, buyers of the Wildtrak 4×4 variant can eventually opt for a first-in-class power-retractable bed cover for added security and convenience. This new feature will be available in Q2 2021, with pricing to be announced closer to its release date.
As this is a very minor refresh, the interior remains largely the same as before, with the Ranger Wildtrak variant benefitting from more orange interior trimmings. An 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard across the lineup, while the FX4 variants add leather seats. Stepping up to the Wildtrak variants add smart entry with push-button start, Ford’s SYNC3 user interface, LED ambient lighting and dual-zone climate control. Splurge for the top trim Wildtrak 4×4, and buyers will get a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a host of advanced driver-assist systems such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and radar-guided cruise control.
For 2021, the Ford Ranger Raptor remains largely unchanged, and it still features a Terrain Management System with Baja mode, Fox shocks, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.
Since the Ford Ranger just received a major powertrain upgrade in 2019, no engineering changes were made to improve its already impressive performance. Powering the XLS, XLT and FX4 variants is the tried-and-tested 2.2-liter Duratorq inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 160 hp and 385 Nm of torque. This engine can be mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, depending on the variant. The Wildtrak and Raptor variant will continue utilizing the new 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engines that produce 180 hp and 420 Nm or a twin-turbo version that produces 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque. These engines are mated solely to a 10-speed automatic.
As for pricing, the new 2021 Ford Ranger now starts at P1,062,000, which represents a slight increase from the previous Ranger. These prices are still not affected by the safeguard measures on imported vehicles being implemented by the DTI.
- Ranger XLS 2.2 4×2 MT: P1,062,000
- Ranger XLS 2.2 4×2 AT: P1,092,000
- Ranger XLT 2.2 4×2 MT: P1,176,000
- Ranger XLS 2.2 4×4 MT: P1,181,000
- Ranger XLT 2.2 4×2 AT: P1,236,000
- Ranger FX4 2.2 4×2 MT: P1,256,000
- Ranger FX4 2.2 4×2 AT: P1,316,000
- Ranger FX4 2.2 4×4 MT: P1,356,000
- Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 4×2 MT: P1,390,000
- Ranger FX4 2.2 4×4 AT: P1,416,000
- Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 4×2 AT: P1,455,000
- Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4×4 AT: P1,728,000
- Ranger Raptor: P1,998,000