The new-look 2016 Ford Ranger PX Series II is a vital car for heaven Oval brand name. Which might be an understatement. Until now in 2015 the Ranger is Ford’s biggest-selling model line, with 16,157 devices marketed throughout of July. The ute – in two- as well as four-wheel-drive specs – composes a monstrous 40 per cent of all sales for the firm in Australia. It implies obtaining the updated variation spot-on is even more vital. It’s greater than simply a couple of styling modifications – though the front-end amendments are thorough – and also there have additionally been significant revisions for the Ranger ute line-up under the skin. The company has actually fine-tuned the suspension for all versions, with the Ranger principal program engineer Ian Foston claiming it was just one of his individual purposes to make the Ranger trip much better, especially in higher-spec versions. Those technology systems include lane-keeping help, which can help guide you in to your lane if the auto starts to roam.
There’s also radar cruise control and also crash prevention support, which can apply some braking stress if an accident is deemed brewing. So, this is one high-tech item of machinery, with kit that rivals some deluxe SUVs. Yet it doesn’t come requirement. 60,090 for the car (4WD just). Read our complete 2016 Ford Ranger rates and requirements tale right here. And also then, the driver support tech is not conventional. 600 in the Wildtrak, which is the only variant to have a camera system criterion. We spent most of our time at the launch in the XLT design fitted with the optional safety and security tech. The firm has said that the XLT is its even more luxury-focused design, where the flagship Wildtrak is a sports-luxury ute. But you recognize what? While you won’t find natural leather or even ‘pleather’ inside the cabin, the inside is much improved in XLT spec. There are fewer complicated switches, with the brand’s Sync 2 touchscreen media system instead taking satisfaction of place. We’ve tested that system in the Mondeo as well as various other Ford models, as well as soon as you are familiar with the placement of the food selections it proves a basic system to deal with.
On the home display in the top-left edge there’s the phone food selection, top-right is navigating, bottom-right is environment, and bottom-left is where you’ll discover the media/radio controls. In regards to convenience there is dual-zone climate control however no seat heating units in XLT (Wildtrak gets them), and also the seats in advance are well reinforced as well as supply excellent modification. Behind the steering wheel in the XLT and Wildtrak models there’s a brand-new tool cluster, which has twin digital screens either side of an analogue speedometer. The left information display has a food selection system to choose various sound settings as well as additionally doubles to offer you next turn details for the sat-nav. The appropriate details screen permits you to change setups for the safety systems, if fitted, to name a few points. It’s neat, as well as relocates the video game onward in the ute course. The interior surfaces are workmanlike – there’s very little in the method of soft, flexible material with the exception of the wrap on the steering wheel of the XLT – however that indicates it ought to be very easy to wipe tidy.
And it still manages to look excellent – there’s even more innovative beauty to the Ranger’s cabin than in, claim, an Amarok, as well as the coatings are a lot more upmarket than a Holden Colorado or Isuzu D-Max. Storage space is excellent – there are big door pockets to save note pads, snacks and containers, in addition to a pair of main cupholders, a covered centre box and a couple of other tiny nooks for pocketbooks, phones and so forth. In the second row, the Ranger remains among the extra comfortable dual-cab experiences readily available. There suffices head, knee as well as toe room, and also three grownups can slot in along with each other more quickly in the Ranger’s cabin than in, state, a Triton. There are no rear-seat airvents, still, however Ford has included a 230-volt billing electrical outlet in the rear that allows you to connect in your laptop or tool while you get on the roadway. Mentioning which, we invested an excellent number of hrs working out nation alleys in Victoria at the launch of the Ranger, and also it revealed that the brand name’s hard work has enjoyed rewards.
The flight is better fixed than we keep in mind in high-spec dual-cab role – though it deserves noting that all requirements degrees (with varying wheel/tyre bundles) have different spring/leaf and also damper rates. The guiding, however, is a highlight. The 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel motor stays a strong offering, with its 147kW and also 470Nm confirming sufficient, although we really did not have any load on board. Nevertheless, it stays one of the louder engines when it’s striving or when it’s cool – as well as we imply both inside the cabin and out. The six-speed automatic proven hard to fault on test, too, changing swiftly as well as efficiently. Those optional safety systems were additionally fitted to our XLT. The radar cruise control functioned quite possibly, preserving a reasonable gap to the car ahead and also holding rate down hills perfectly, too. The lane-keeping aid function is a little bit more trial and error. This version had a six-speed handbook transmission and also at rate the shifts were simple to master. From a dead stop, nonetheless, the clutch take-up point produced a few almost-stalls.