Long before the Toyota Tacoma, the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon became big players in mid-size pickup truck market, there was the Ford Ranger that trounced and shamed them all. In its heydays and for 29 years that it was in production in the United States and Canada, the Ford Ranger overpowered virtually all its competitors until something peculiar happened in 2011: it was taken off the North America market. That was however, not the end of the legendary Ford Ranger. Ford continued producing the Ranger for markets outside North America and still remains a wild success in Australia and in South Africa where it has been announced that the Ranger is set to get upgraded for 2018.
Room for Improvement
In staying ahead of the competition and keeping up with the modern times, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa announced that it would introduce new augmentations and product updates on the locally produced Ford Ranger. While the Ford Ranger has cemented its legendary status as one of the best-selling vehicles in South Africa, there’s a general feeling that the 2.2 TDCi Auto should be improved to enhance it’s already superb performance and economy in line with Ford’s plan to reintroduce the Ranger to North America buyers in 2019 and as the basis of the highly anticipated Ford Bronco SUV come 2020.
Part of the upgrades will include improving the integrated SYNC®3. The Navigation infotainment system will have a larger 8-inch touch screen. All the Ranger models such as the XLT and the Fx4 will be fitted with a standard Front Park Assist, as well as with front-mounted sensors that will complement the currently available Rear Park Assist and the rear-view camera that provide improved visibility and utmost safety particularly when maneuvering the vehicle in extremely tight spaces.
Having been built on Ford’s heritage of being bold, tough and thoroughly distinctive, the upgraded 2018 Ranger will incorporate a number of unique designing changes that would give the possibility for many adjustments such a strong and durable canopy for a Ford Ranger. This optional canopy would be essential in protecting the spray-in bed liner that is incorporated in the factory and is part of the added-cost option.
The upgraded Ford Ranger will also have 17-inch alloy wheels with eye-catching black finish to go hand-in-hand with the gorgeous black finishes for the exterior mirrors, fog lamp bezels, radiator grille, roof rails and door handles. These will not only provide additional distinguishing touch to the Ford Ranger, but will also make the mid-size pickup truck aesthetically pleasing.
The engine change will see the Ford Ranger model lose its 2.2-liter diesel engine in favor of the high-performing EcoBlue 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, as well as a 3.2-liter five-cylinder engine both in manual and automatic transmissions.
To this end, the 2018 upgrades is the beginning of the return of the widely loved Ford pickup. While it’s currently not sold in the U.S. and Canada, there’s no doubt that Ford is very ready to roll it out once more. These upgrades in the 2018 Ford Ranger are a clear indication that Ford is offering their customer a greater value for their money by prioritizing customer satisfaction, safety and driving convenience at all times, and thus will experience nothing but immense success with the Ford Ranger should they actualize their plan to reintroduce it to the North America market.