A 2016 model year refresh only makes us want this truck more.
One would think Ford would offer a pickup truck smaller than its F-150 to US buyers. It used to but not anymore. Elsewhere in the world the Ford Ranger is thriving, having been redesigned completely a few years ago. And now it’s been refreshed for 2016. We’re more jealous than ever, and here’s why: The front fascia has been given an update that’s certainly bolder than before, and the hood is more muscular flowing into a strong new trapezoidal grille.
The overall frame and suspension are unchanged, as is the 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel with 197 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. Also new is an updated exhaust gas recirculation system and start/stop functionality that, combined with this engine, can boost economy by 18 percent. The other available engines are also carried over with some fuel economy improvements, a 2.2-liter diesel with 158 hp and 284 lb-ft, and a 2.5-liter gas engine with 164 hp and 166 lb-ft. The interior, however, has received quite an update. The dash cluster design is cleaner and more modern, and includes information relating to entertainment, navigation and climate control.
The top-of-the-line Ranger 4x4 has a 9-inch ground clearance and the ability to wade through 31.5-inches of water. Thanks to a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure, Ranger drivers can easily take on steep obstacles. The Ranger is built in South Africa, Thailand, and Argentina for 180 markets, just not the US. What a damn shame.