BEST FOR TRAILERS
SOUTH Africa has a billion-rand but hidden rural economy of sacrificial goats and cattle, which animals are transported to market every weekend.
For these transporters, the best and strongest trailer-pulling deal right now comes from Ford, which brand offers the first single cab with an automatic gearbox in South Africa. (See page 7 for more details on this bakkie.)
While twice as pricey as the Bolero at R311 900, Ford does sell each of the 385 Newton metres of torque from the Ranger 2,2 automatic for a very reasonable R810, ensuring a lot of bang to move the buck on the back. To boot, Ford also offers a reassuring number of dealers to support the buy in deep rural SA.
In second place is the badge-engineered Mazda BT-50, which offers 376 Nm at R317 000 from its 2,2 engine.
These two Ford-engined bakkies are closely followed by the Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Defender, both making 360 Nm.
But the Cruiser retails for a whopping R218 300 more than the Ranger while the Landy costs R231 500 more — this is incidentally, the price of a whole new Hilux 2,0.
The Nissan Patrol 3,0 makes 356 Nm, giving it the fifth strongest spot, but note, at a R376 900 price tag Wheels still has strong reservations about the lack of planning that went into the Patrol’s design.
For R311 900, Ford will sell you the Ranger 2,2 auto box, currently the only single cab bakkie with a six-speed automatic transmission in SA. Two models are available, comprising the 2.2 TDCi 4x2 XL, along with the higher specification XLS model equipped with a 4x4 drivetrain.