Ruggedly refined new Ranger
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.
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.