UPDATE 2: Read our First Drive of the Ford Ranger 2.2 Wildtrak here (8/19).
UPDATE 1: We now have a copy of the spec sheet below (8/18).
Ford Philippines officially debut the new 2016 Ranger with an epic 175-kilometer ride-and-drive activity through various terrain settings in Bicol. We’ll reserve our more in-depth feature in the coming days, but here’s all you need to know: it’s totally awesome. We drove it through volcanic ash, broken pavement, and muddy trails where it performed beautifully. All in all, it continues its legacy as the segment’s toughest and smartest pickup truck by offering a wide array of new technology, some of which you don’t even get in a comparably priced SUV.
The updated looks are already a dead giveaway to the extensive work done on the Ranger. However, it’s more than just skin deep. Front and center is Ford’s newest-generation infotainment system, SYNC 2. Shared with the likes of the Everest, it allows for even more natural voice commands for vehicle functions allowing you to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times. Furthermore, there’s also a new 230-volt power socket that can juice up a laptop on the go.
All Wildtrak variants (the ones we drove during this particular outing) come with front and rear parking sensors and ESP or Electronic Stability Program. The range-topping Wildtrak 3.2 adds Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Alert.
Under the hood, the Ranger continues with two proven powertrains: the 3.2-liter 5-cylinder and 2.2-liter 4-cylinder Duratorq engines. Both of these engines, but more particularly the 2.2-liter, sees substantial changes seeing a slight power bump bringing the output to 160 horsepower and 385 Nm of torque. The 3.2-liter 5-cylinder continues with 200 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque. The biggest change is the move of the Ranger to an EPAS or Electric Power Assist System. Necessitating the adoption of EPAS for all the new smart tech features of the Ranger, it also makes it more economical than before. Additionally, it also makes the interior much quieter because of the elimination of the power steering pump.
Outside, the changes to the 2016 Ranger is dominated by the new front face with the projector headlamps (halogens on all models, no LED or HIDS, sadly) and a bolder grille. The Wildtrak ups the drama with dark trim elements on the grille, side mirrors, door handles, bed rails, and tail lamps. New 18-inch alloy wheels complete the look. The popular Chili Orange color has also been retired in favor of a brighter shade dubbed Pride Orange.
Inside, it has a heavily revamped cabin now with a predominately horizontal theme. New gauges, steering wheel, and center console form the foundations along with new seats and even a leather-stitched upper dash panel for the Wildtrak.
Reservations at dealerships start next week with customer deliveries starting on September 1.
We’ll have more on the 2016 Ford Ranger in the coming days, but for now, here are the prices:
- 2.2 4x2 Cab & Chassis M/T – P 709,000
- 2.2 4x2 Single Cab M/T – P 769,000
- 2.2 4x2 Base M/T – P 889,000
- 2.2 4x2 XLS M/T – P 1,039,000
- 2.2 4x4 XLS M/T – P 1,199,000
- 2.2 4x2 XLT M/T – P 1,219,000
- 2.2 4x2 XLT A/T – P 1,279,000
- 2.2 4x2 Wildtrak M/T – P 1,360,000
- 2.2 4x2 Wildtrak A/T – P 1,420,000
- 2.2 4x4 Wildtrak M/T – P 1,470,000
- 2.2 4x4 Wildtrak A/T – P 1,530,000
- 3.2 4x4 Wildtrak M/T – P 1,619,000
- 3.2 4x4 Wildtrak A/T – P 1,679,000
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