RANGER ups its range
First and only single cab pick-up on the local market available with an automatic transmission
FORD has mated its 2.2 Duratorq TDCi models with its six-speed automatic transmission, effectively adding nine new models to the Ranger range.
The Ranger is the first and only single cab pick-up on the local market available with an automatic transmission, adding unrivalled driving convenience to one of SA’s top-selling vehicles.
The extended Ranger line-up makes it the most comprehensive product offering in this segment with a total of 36 models now available to suit every segment of the industry, from pure workhorse applications right through to the leisure and lifestyle market.
“The Ford Ranger has been a huge success story for Ford, not only in South Africa, but around the world,” says Tracey Delate, general marketing manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).
“The automatic transmission option on the Ranger 3.2 has dominated sales due to its smooth operation and ease of use, combined with the superb power and torque of the Duratorq TDCi engine. We are delighted to now introduce this sophisticated automatic transmission to the Ranger 2.2 TDCi, providing unparalleled comfort and driving convenience, matched to the superb performance and efficiency of Ford’s latest generation Duratorq diesel engines.”
In its latest form, launched in October last year as part of the extensive update to the New Ranger, the 2.2 TDCi engine produces an impressive power output of 118 kW, matched to a substantial 385 Nm of torque.
This ensures superb all-round performance and fuel economy, whether used for the daily urban commute, heading out onto the open road, or tackling challenging off-road terrain.
Combined with impressive fuel consumption and 20 000 km service intervals for the Duratorq TDCi engines, the 2.2 TDCi Auto guarantees low running costs and superb value for money.
The Ranger 2.2 Auto Single Cab models are unique in the LCV segment, as they are the only automatic derivatives available in a sector dominated by corporate and fleet sales.
Two models are available, comprising the 2.2 TDCi 4x2 XL, along with the higher specification XLS model equipped with a 4x4 drivetrain.
Three versatile Super Cab variants of the 2.2 Auto are included in the expanded model offering, starting off with the 4x2 XL, along with the XLS models in either 4x2 or 4x4 guises.
The Super Cab is particularly popular with farmers, contractors as well as lifestyle-oriented buyers seeking the added convenience of the extra space behind the front seats, as well as the convenience of the rear opening doors that provide unrivalled access to the entire cabin.
All models are sold with a fouryear/120 000 km comprehensive warranty, five-year/100 000 km service plan (excluding Base derivatives), three-year/ unlimited kilometre roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited kilometre corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 20 000 km. The nine models in the Ranger 2.2 Auto Model Range start selling at R312k for the the single cab XL 4X2, a 4x4 single cab goes for R427k and the top of the range 2.2 TDCi double cab XLT 4X2 sells for R482 900. — WR.