Expanding the Ranger range
The Ford Ranger line-up has been expanded with the addition of two new single-cab derivatives, powered by Ford’s 3,2-litre diesel powertrain. The 3,2 TDCi models will be available in either 4×2 or 4×4 versions, coupled to a six-speed manual transmission and offered in XLS specifications.
The 3,2-litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine offers a substantial 470 Nm of torque and power rated at 147 kW. However, it isn’t at all a guzzler as it delivers a reported 9,3 l/100 km.
The Ranger also offers notable towing capabilities, with the 4×4 model able to tow up to 3 350kg when fitted with the company’s flagship diesel engine. And the load box’s high beltline and raised rails ensures a loading volume of 1.82 cubic metres, with pockets above the wheel wells and along the sides of the box allowing owners to use timber inserts to carry full sheets of plasterboard or plywood.
However, as Ford marketing manager Gavin Golightly points out, the Ranger has been designed to cater to a wide spectrum of customers. “Both fleet buyers and small business owners will now be able to take advantage of the greater selection of models on offer while enjoying the quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology that have made the Ranger such a popular choice with South African consumers.”
Sweetening the deal even more are the five-year/90 000 km service plan and four-year/120 000 km warranty, with service intervals of 15 000 km, that come standard with all Ranger derivatives (excluding the base units).
Customers will also benefit from three years of roadside assistance and a five-year corrosion warranty as part of the Ford Ranger package, with 4×4 customers receiving free off-road driver training.