Ford Philippines offers its popular pickup truck, the Ford Ranger with a wide array of variants to easily fit in with your specialized needs. That being said, with so many variants to choose from it becomes a difficult task to pick out which one best suits you and your business needs. Pickup trucks after all are still technically commercial vehicles that have evolved beyond their role of being just a workhorse and have transitioned into being lifestyle vehicles.
With the role of business in mind, we help you pick out which variant of the Ford Ranger will best fit your needs. It is important to note that we didn’t include the off-road specialized variants such as the FX4, FX4 Max, and the Ranger Raptor. It's not to say that they can’t be used for business purposes, but they are geared towards a more lifestyle-oriented crowd. That being said, we will tackle the more workhorse-oriented models that Ford has to offer for the Ranger.
We first start with the XLS range. It's the brand’s entry-level trim for the Ford Ranger. While you don’t get too much in the way of features, you do get the basics that you need for a car and a reliable and durable workhorse. It comes in two drivetrain flavors. The first is a 4x2 and the other is a 4x4. The 4x2 models can be had with an automatic transmission while the 4x4 model can only be had with a manual. With its pricing leaning towards the more affordable side this could be the variant to go to if you want an affordable yet durable workhorse pickup truck.
It also comes powered by the 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine that isn’t as powerful as the 2.0-liter turbo and Biturbo motors but it does make 159 hp and 385 Nm of torque which is more than enough power for your business needs.
In the middle of the workhorse variants of the Ford Ranger, you have its XLT trim level. You get a little more at its slightly more expensive price point. While the engine remains the same you get bigger wheels and projector halogen headlights. Its minor touches make the variant a little bit more of a better-looking daily driver compared to the XLS. You still get the same 2.2-liter engine and it is still available with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. It is important to note that there is no 4x4 variant available for the XLT trim so you either have to go down to the XLS to get it or go up to the Wildtrack.
Excluding the off-road-ready variants that the Ranger has, the Wildtrack is the top variant to get. It has all the technological features that Ford has available locally for the nameplate but still retains the same ruggedness as the other two models. That being said, it's more geared to be a lifestyle vehicle than a workhorse, but it can still do much of the same things as the other variants but with a bit more tech inside.
As this is the top variant, it can be had with the more powerful 2.0-liter single and biturbo engines. What this means is that you can tow and haul more than the other variants. It also comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission differentiating it from the rest of the lineup. It can also be had as a 4x2 or as a 4x4.
All things considered, Ford offers you a great selection of pickup trucks to choose from to match your business needs. The XLS and XLT models are aimed toward the commercial vehicle segment as they had styling and features that are meant to work and work well and aren’t too flashy. They don’t have too many features but that's ok as it keeps up with the workhorse aesthetic to them.
Conversely, the Ranger Wildtrack is there if you want the best of both worlds. It's also important to note that it also does come with a more powerful set of engines and a wider set of features, which makes it a great balance of work and fun. But, if you are ever worried about the high-tech features breaking down the more back-to-basics models could better suit your needs.
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