RANGER ups its range

First and only sin­gle cab pick-up on the lo­cal mar­ket avail­able with an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion

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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.

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