Ford Motor Company and its local distributor Future Automobiles recently launched the tougher, smarter, more efficient new Ranger in Sri Lanka.
The new Ranger sets a new benchmark in the pickup truck segment with an unmatched blend of capability, safety and advanced technology.
“True to our ‘Built Ford Tough’ heritage the new Ranger offers more power and payload capacity than any other pickup in Sri Lanka. It’s also the only pickup to feature a range of new safe and smart technologies, and raises the level of refinement in the segment,” said David Westerman, managing director, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company.
The Ranger’s suite of new technologies are complemented by a stylish, smart and functional new interior, as well asbest-in-class water-wading and payload capabilities.
Under the hood, significant improvements in Ford’s latest generation 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder and 2.2-litre Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel engines help the new Ranger deliver up to 12 percent better fuel-efficiency.
“We know that Sri Lankan drivers want the ruggedness of a truck and the comfort of a passenger vehicle, and we’re confident the new Ranger offers them this versatility, helping them achieve more, whether at work or with their family,”Chamath Tennekoon, CEO, Future Automobiles.
With a class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800mm deep, and 230mm of ground clearance, the new Ranger is the most capable pickup in Sri Lanka. Thanks to a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle, the new Ranger was designed and engineered to handle even the most extreme terrains with ease.
An electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers in 4x4 models to shift on the fly from 4x2 to 4x4 high with a knob on the centre console. For low-speed torque or additional downhill braking, drivers can also engage low-range 4x4 gearing, while an electronic locking rear differential helps to improve traction in difficult conditions.These off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3,500 kg and exceptional payload capacity of up to 1,200kg.
The Ranger achieves all this with a level of refinement not usually seen in the pickup truck segment. While the current Ranger already sets the standard for ride and handling, Ford engineers fine-tuned its suspension for additional comfort and even better handling.
The driving experience is further enhanced by an electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, which provides precise steering with a natural and confident feel. With EPAS, steering is light and manageable for low-speed manoeuvring, such as parking, and precise at higher speeds – with assistance varying as necessary based on speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration or deceleration.