Smarter, safer, smoother, stronger. That’s what Ford is saying about the upcoming 2015 Ford Ranger — all set to debut tomorrow at the Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS 2015). Ford teased the new ute late last year and even released several videos.
In case you’ve missed them, have a look below.
So, what can you expect from the new Ford Ranger? In terms of looks, and as openly seen (even in Wildtrak guise) in the streets of Thailand recently, it borrows design cues from the 2015 Ford Everest that was unveiled in China in November 2014.
The front fascia sees the most dramatic change featuring a new three-bar grille, front bumper and bonnet — inspired by the Everest SUV.
The interior will also see an overhaul, again adopting styling cues and a more user-friendly dashboard design of the Everest. A new LED instrument panel and new centre console are confirmed in the new vehicle.
It is widely expected that the new Ranger will gain Ford’s renowned SYNC2 infotainment system.
In terms of powertrain, engine options should remain more or less the same with a 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi (“PUMA ZSD-22) turbodiesel inline 4 at the base and a 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi “PUMA” P5ST in-line 5 engine. It is rumoured that there is possibility that the 2.2-litre Duratorq may be replaced by an all-new 2-litre “Panther” lump.
Transmission-wise, options should be similar to the 2014 T6 — Getrag MT82 (M) and Ford 6280 (A) which is based on ZF’s 6HP26 units, but built under license by Ford.
It’s funny how the 2015 Ford Everest was based on the 2014 Ranger, while the upcoming Ranger borrows from the 2015 Everest. Strange, but true.
Ford is set to reveal the 2015 Ford Ranger as well as the new Ford Everest for the rfirst time in ASEAN, at 9.00AM GMT +8:00 tomorrow. Stay tuned for updates.