More range for the Ranger

More range for the Ranger

If you’re a fan of the rugged capabilities of the Ford Ranger, this is sure to excite and enthuse. Due to its popularity, additional models have been added to the Ranger line-up making the Ford assembly plant in Pretoria a very busy place to be.

The Ranger boasts all the rough and tough capabilities of a pick-up truck but also features the luxury amenities of smart technology, outstanding safety, superior fuel economy and high levels of comfort – typically associated with passenger cars.

This year, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak will be offered in 4×2 and 4×4 automatic guise after having previously being available only in 4×2 manual. The range topping Wildtrak derivative is powered by Ford’s 3,2 litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine with a substantial 470 Nm of torque and a power rating of 147 kW.

The vehicle is fitted with extensive safety features that have seen the Ranger – XLT and Wildtrak models – become the first ever pick-up to achieve a maximum five-star rating under the European New Car Assessment Programme crash test protocol.

Other changes to this year’s Ranger line-up include the addition of Bluetooth with voice activation, steering wheel audio controls, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, heated seats and a USB port to the Single, Super and Double Cab XLS derivatives.

The XLT models can now be fitted with park-distance sensors and a reverse camera as an optional extra. The park-distance sensor is fitted to the rear bumper with a reverse camera that appears in the review mirror when the vehicle is placed in reverse.

Single Cab Base customers will now have the opportunity to fit air-conditioning and a safety pack as optional extras. The safety pack includes ABS brakes with EBD, seatbelt reminder and driver and passenger airbags.

A four-year, 120 000 km warranty is standard on all models while a five-year, 90 000 km service plan is available as an option on entry-level models, and is standard from XL models up. Service intervals are stationed 15 000 km apart on diesel and petrol modes.

Customers will also benefit from three years of roadside assistance and a five-year corrosion warranty as part of the Ford Ranger package. All new Ranger 4×4 customers also receive free off-road driver training – now that’s an offer not to be turned down!

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From left: Eckert Giliomee, AutoZone; Kenny Arnold, CI Automotive; Roland Bosse, AutoZone; Sean Rogers, CI Automotive; Frans Lombard, CI Automotive; Kevin Rogers, CI Automotive; Kyle Young, AutoZone and Richard Berner, CI Automotive.
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