Next-Gen Ford Ranger
October 27, 2021
Australian development engineers tasked with ensuring the new-generation 2022 Ford Ranger makes significant improvements over the current model have shared insights into what’s gone into the ute’s punishing testing regime.
When it’s officially unveiled later this year ahead of a 2022 launch, Ford says the new Ranger will be the toughest, smartest, most versatile and most capable yet.
In a video teaser released by the brand – the latest in a drip-feed of promos for the hotly-anticipated ute – the new Ford Ranger’s chief program engineer, John Willems, said the vehicle has tackled some of the toughest terrain around the world during testing.
“Earning a ‘Built Ford Tough’ status is not something we take lightly,” he said.
“Every part of the next-generation Ranger was tested to the same standards that we demand of every Ford vehicle.”
Ford says testing for the new-gen Ranger 4×4 dual-cab has covered around 10,000km of desert driving in North America, Australia and the Middle East, the equivalent of 1,250,000km of customer driving and the equivalent of 625,000km of off-road durability testing at maximum load capacity.
Cold weather testing in North America and New Zealand have also made sure the new Ranger will cope with icy conditions, while extreme hot weather testing also took place.
“It’s important that our customers are able to rely on Ranger to deliver years of dependable service,” said Willems.
“So we’ve gone to great lengths to subject next-gen Ranger to extreme tests – stressing it much more than a typical consumer would – to help ensure it is ready to face everything life throws at it.
“Whether it’s tackling muddy bush tracks, coping with the rigours of extreme tropical weather, towing over alpine passes, or enduring temperatures of more than 50 degrees Celsius, Ranger has to do it all.”
However, some tests are deemed too rigorous for humans to endure, such as the extreme “squeak and rattle” rig, where the Ranger is exposed to “24/7 test cycles”.
“Our job as engineers is to translate the customer experience insights into a clear product definition brief for the engineering group, which becomes the absolute reference for engineers,” he said.
“This is particularly important for the Ranger, given we are developing it to be sold across the globe.”