The latest Ford Ranger goes on sale in SA

5 August 2019

The new Ford Ranger has a redesigned interior, updated exterior features, and most importantly, a new drivetrain. Ford has even changed the suspension set-up to improve comfort on- and off-road.


The Ford Ranger has been one of the best-selling bakkies in South Africa since 2012 and Ford is hoping to maintain these sales with the latest facelift received to the Ranger. However, the new model should be considered more then just a facelift. 

The new Ford Ranger has a redesigned interior, updated exterior features, and most importantly, Ford has added a new drivetrain. In fact, Ford has even changed the suspension set-up to improve comfort on-road and off-road. As one of the biggest competitors in its class, the Ranger is not taken lightly and it’s amongst good company: the Toyota Hilux, Volkswagen Amarok, Mercedes X-class and Nissan Navara.


The biggest change to the new Ranger has to be the new drivetrain, a 2.0 litre bi-turbo and single-turbo diesel engines are now available, including a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Ford says the 10-speed gearbox is better for towing and fuel consumption, at the same time the new 2.0 litre bi-turbo pumps out 157kW/500Nm. The single-turbo model manages a considerable 132kW/420Nm, however, the 3.2 litre 5-cylinder is still available as well as the 2.2 litre TDCi.

The 2.0 litre bi-turbo manages to save an average of 9% on fuel and the 2.0 litre single-turbo also improves fuel consumption over the older 2.2 TDCi.

As for the suspension, Ford has added improved dampers and managed to move the anti-roll bar further back, which aids in stability and ride comfort.

Pricing starts @R514,300 for the 2.0 litre single-turbo double cab, this includes the new 10-speed gearbox. Another R56,000 adds 4-wheel drive for better off-road capabilities. The range topping 2.0 litre bi-turbo starts @R632,300, this includes the wildtrak kit and the same auto gearbox found in the single-turbo version. However, this steep price still doesn’t feature 4-wheel drive, which becomes a R46,000 optional extra. (Prices correct at time of publication.)

Overall the new drivetrain is a big stepping stone for Ford. Both engines have more than enough power but the bi-turbo is the sweet spot. The grunting 157kW with 500Nm pulls strong and the 10-speed automatic compliment each other perfectly.

Starting with the interior, you’ll notice straight away that Ford has improved the overall design. The cabin is a lot darker inside and some of the orange accents have been ditched, this manages to give the cabin a premium feel, which was not the case before… well done, Ford. The new Ford Ranger is booming with new technology, certain safety features have been added such as: Lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise-control, forward-collision alert and automatic high-beam headlights. Ford has even added keyless start with a new engine start/stop button.

The new Ford Ranger now comes with Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touchscreen along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The exterior has received minor but noticeable changes, starting with the new front grill which is the most noticeable change and headlights (which now have day-time running LED’s).  New alloy wheels now feature on all models and helps keep the Ranger abreast of its competition in 2019.

Ford has done a great job with the new Ranger. More power, better fuel consumption, good comfort and some slick designs helps the Ranger perform as a strong competitor in the South African bakkie segment. It’s safe to say that the new Ranger will be another popular selling vehicle for Ford and may dominate sales against its competition, thanks to the new 2.0 litre engines and 10-speed automatic gearbox.

If you’re looking to upgrade your ride, it’s important to conduct research before committing. Chat to friends and family for their views, as a professional, and look for reviews online. The MotorHappy blog is a good place to start – every month we review some of the latest cars to hit SA’s roads. 


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