Published on Friday 04 March 2016 in Pickup Truck News
This year is set to be an important one for pick-up trucks. The manufacturers are keen to capture their share of the market as it shows rapid growth. A total of 40,588 pick-ups were registered last year - an increase of 20% compared to 2014.
Ford, Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen are all releasing upgrades to their pick-up ranges in 2016, following on from the launch of the Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 in September last year.
Increase your productivity while you're driving
We're going to look at the new Ford Ranger and find out what changes have been made to this popular workhorse. Released in January, the interior is completely overhauled with a leather dash and the addition of the 'Sync 2' eight-inch touchscreen navigation system. It has voice activated control and connectivity technology. You can now be more productive and work while you're driving. Using the hands-free option, you're able to make and take phone calls through voice commands. It even has the capability to read out your text messages. The 'Sync 2' technology comes as standard on the Limited and Wildtrak versions of the Ford Ranger.
It's bolder, tougher and safer
Other new driver features include camera-guided lane alerts which sounds a warning if you drift out of lane. The function cleverly applies torque to guide you back into lane if you're veering sideways. There's a bigger rear view camera display, plus new front and rear parking sensors which'll help you when reversing into tight spaces.
Chief designer Craig Metros has created a tougher Ford Ranger with a solid appearance. The new front-end has more defied curves and a beefed-up bonnet. The headlights have been condensed, squaring them off which produces a glaring effect. This gives the Ranger an imposing look.
Enhanced fuel efficiency leads to fuel savings
The engine range is increased to boost efficiency, saving you on fuel costs. The 198bhp 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder diesel engine receives modifications to cut fuel consumption by 17%. The smaller 128bhp base model increases mpg by a staggering 22%. Electric power-assisted steering, new final drive ratio options and revised engines with stop/start technology have all contributed to greater fuel returns.
Size matters with the new Ford Ranger
Payload for the single-cab is 1,340kg and the double-cab comes in at 1,152kg - the largest of all the pick-ups. This is ideal if you carry large loads of materials and tools, reducing your trips between jobs - saving you time and money.
The extra weight of the 3.2-litre engine and added Wildtrak accessories, such as side bars and roll bars reduce the payload to 1,033kg. This is still above the one-tonne threshold for claiming back VAT. You'll need to be aware that if you add anything else, it could bring the weight under the limit for this.
Added comfort and accessories to improve your driving conditions
Size and strength has always been an important factor with the Ranger. The pre-facelift model was the first to offer a 3.5 tonne towing capacity. The cargo bed is 1,549mm long and 1,560mm wide - making it the largest double-cab available.
Extra comfort for the Wildtrak is provided with new eight-way electronically adjustable seats. The lower trims now come with DAB radio as standard and the XLT has illuminated sunvisors, as well as USB and AUX input. The Limited trim has been upgraded to include load box illumination and a 12V power socket in the load bed.
Exciting times ahead for the pick-up market
The increasing choice of pick-up trucks shows the growth experienced in the past 12 months and how valuable it is to manufacturers. Fiat, Mercedes-Benz and Renault are all planning to enter this sector in the UK. The competition will drive the established marquees to keep raising the bar, such as this impressive new offering from Ford.
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