Ruggedly re­fined new Ranger

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

FORD launched the new Ranger bakkie yesterday, with the fac­tory in Sil­ver­ton in Pre­to­ria East now mak­ing 33 de­riv­a­tives.

Sin­gle cabs make up a dozen bakkies in the new range, with power from ei­ther the Base 2.5 petrol through to the 3.2 XLS 4x4 with man­ual trans­mis­sion.

The Su­per Cab line-up has been ex­panded from five to of six vari­ants, start­ing off with the 88kW 2.2 Du­ra­torq TDCi 4x2 and top­ping out with the all-new 3.2 4x4 Au­to­matic which is of­fered in high-level XLT guise for the first time.

A re­vised Dou­ble Cab range sees the ad­di­tion of two new vari­ants for a to­tal of 15 mod­els, fea­tur­ing the new 118kW 2.2 Du­ra­torq TDCi XL 4x4, as well as a lux­ury XLT-spec 2.2 TDCi 4x2 mated to the man­ual trans­mis­sion. The 3.2 TDCi XLT is once again avail­able in 4x2 and 4x4 ver­sions, with the choice of man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sions.

The pop­u­lar Wild­trak can be spec­i­fied in 3.2 TDCi 4x2 man­ual or au­to­matic, or the range-top­ping 4x4 Au­to­matic.

Up to 18% less thirsty

Up­grades in­clude a new ex­haust gas re­cir­cu­la­tion sys­tem that helps im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency by up to 18%, while still pro­duc­ing 147kW and 470Nm.

The wad­ing dept is now a class-lead­ing 800 mm and ground-clear­ance is 230 mm.

Sim­i­larly the re­vised 2.2-litre four-cylin­der Du­ra­torq TDCi ben­e­fits from a raft of up­grades in the in­ter­ests of per­for­mance, re­fine­ment and ef­fi­ciency.

The peak out­puts of the high­power de­riv­a­tive is now 118 kW and 385Nm. An eco­nom­i­cal mid­power 2.2 Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gine is also avail­able in cer­tain mod­els, pro­duc­ing 88 kW and 285 Nm.

The new Ranger is also avail­able with Ford’s de­pend­able 2.5-litre Du­ratec petrol en­gine, pro­vid­ing 122kW of power and 226Nm of torque.

Depend­ing on model de­riv­a­tive, the new Ranger is equipped with a six-speed man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, or a fivespeed man­ual on the mid-out­put diesel and petrol ver­sions.

Train­ing is in­cluded with ev­ery 4x4 model sold.

PHOTOS: QUICK­PIC

With 800 mm wad­ing depth, 230 mm ground clear­ance and stor­age com­part­ments un­der the rear bench, the Ford Ranger prom­ises to get the tools to the site.

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