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2016 Ford Ranger unveiled, on sale in Australia Q3

The first official images and details of the 2016 Ford Ranger have been revealed. The facelift introduces more advanced technologies, updated diesel engines, and improved economy for some variants.

2016 Ford Ranger-front

Starting with the design, the 2016 Ranger features a new front end with the most notable highlight being the more prominent American-style grille. The surrounding headlights are also a bit smaller while the rest of the body remains mostly unchanged, aside from minor trimmings and the bonnet.

Not only does the new Ranger show off a tough new face, there’s also many technology updates. The 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-cylinder engine gets a new exhaust recirculation system which helps to reduce fuel consumption by 18 per cent. Output remains unchanged, at 147kW and 470Nm.

As for the entry-level 2.2-litre TDCi turbo-diesel, it’s also revised and now produces 118kW and 385Nm (up from 110kW/375Nm). Economy is improved by 22 per cent. The petrol 2.5-litre continues on in the same 122kW/225Nm specification.

Inside, Ford has introduced its new SYNC2 user interface and 8.0-inch touch-screen system. There’s also radar cruise control for some variants, lane-keeping assist, forward collision alert, adaptive load control, and front and rear parking sensors.

Off-road and towing specs remain unchanged for the four-wheel drive variants, with a 230mm ground clearance, 800mm water wading capability, and 28-degree approach and 25-degree depart angles. The maximum towing weight is 3500kg.

Ford Australia is set to launch the new model locally during the third quarter of this year. It will go up against a number of new utes being launched this year, including the Mitsubishi Triton arriving in April, and the updated Colorado and new Toyota HiLux later on.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.