Ford is com­mit­ted to South A­fri­ca

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Ford Mo­tor Com­pa­ny of Sout­hern A­fri­ca will be laun­ching an e­ven mo­re ca­pa­ble Ford Ran­ger w­hen pro­ducti­on com­men­ces for the re­fres­hed mo­del sche­du­led for launch in 2019.

Fol­lo­wing the in­ves­t­ment of R3-bil­li­on at its lo­cal o­pe­ra­ti­ons, the up­da­ted Ran­ger will be as­sem­bled at Ford’s Sil­ver­ton As­sem­bly Plant in P­re­to­ria, with en­gi­nes pro­du­ced by the S­tru­an­da­le En­gi­ne Plant in Port E­li­za­beth.

“Ford’s re­cent in­ves­t­ment has been ge­a­red to­wards ex­pan­ding our lo­cal pro­ducti­on ca­pa­ci­ty and pre­pa­ring for the up­da­ted Ran­ger, in­clu­ding the first Ford Ran­ger Rap­tor,” said Oc­kert Ber­ry, vi­ce president of o­pe­ra­ti­ons of Ford Midd­le East and A­fri­ca.

“T­his re­af­firms Ford’s long-term com­mit­ment to the re­gi­on, as well as to our em­ploy­ees, sup­pliers and part­ners. It al­so ackno­w­led­ges the con­fi­den­ce Ford has in our lo­cal o­pe­ra­ti­ons to pro­du­ce tru­ly wor­ld-class pro­ducts for do­mes­tic sa­les and an ex­ten­si­ve list of ex­port mar­kets,” Ber­ry said.

The re­fres­hed Ran­ger li­ne-up, w­hich will con­ti­nue to be ex­por­ted to o­ver 148 mar­kets in Eu­ro­pe, the Midd­le East and A­fri­ca, com­bi­nes ex­cep­ti­o­nal le­vels of techno­lo­gy, sa­fe­ty and con­ve­nien­ce fe­a­tu­res.

PO­WER

For 2019, the Ford Ran­ger will of­fer a g­re­a­ter choi­ce of po­wer­trains, in­clu­ding the new high techno­lo­gy bi-tur­bo die­sel en­gi­ne that will most no­ta­bly ma­ke its de­but on the all-new Ran­ger Rap­tor.

The so­phi­sti­ca­ted bi-tur­bo die­sel en­gi­ne is cou­pled to an ad­van­ced 10-speed tor­que-con­ver­tor au­to­ma­tic to bring g­re­a­ter d­ri­ve, im­pro­ved flex­i­bi­li­ty and a qui­e­ter, mo­re com­for­ta­ble d­ri­ve.

With 500Nm from a low 1 750r/min, the bi-tur­bo de­li­vers a g­re­a­ter tor­que spre­ad, with the 10-speed’s c­lo­se ra­ti­os re­du­cing gaps in po­wer and acce­le­ra­ti­on to con­fi­dent­ly con­quer all ty­pes of ter­rain, whi­le main­tai­ning the Ran­ger’s ex­cep­ti­o­nal pay­lo­ad and 3 500kg to­wing ca­pa­bi­li­ty.

FE­A­TU­RES

Al­re­a­dy at the fo­re­front of its seg­ment in terms of ad­van­ced techno­lo­gies for dri­ving, sa­fe­ty, con­ve­nien­ce and en­ter­tai­n­ment, the up­da­ted Ran­ger will rai­se the sta­kes e­ven furt­her.

Ford’s pre-col­li­si­on as­sist u­sing in­ter-ur­ban au­to­no­mous e­mer­gen­cy bra­king (AEB) with vehi­cle de­tecti­on and pe­de­stri­an de­tecti­on will be in­tro­du­ced on se­lected mo­dels in 2019. The sy­stem is de­sig­ned to de­tect pe­de­stri­ans as well as vehi­cles and to bring Ran­ger to a com­ple­te stop at speeds a­bo­ve 3,6km.

Lo­a­ding will be ma­de e­a­sier with the in­tro­ducti­on of an e­a­sy lift tail­ga­te on all pick-up mo­dels. With a new in­ter­nal me­cha­nism, the Ran­ger’s tail­ga­te is lig­h­ter to lift, with a 70% re­ducti­on in i­ni­ti­al for­ce re­qui­red to rai­se it for clo­sing.

For 2019, the Ran­ger’s sus­pen­si­on has been up­gra­ded a­cross the ran­ge to re­du­ce and bet­ter con­t­rol roll, with an emp­ha­sis on im­pro­ving the dri­ving ex­pe­rien­ce w­hen ful­ly la­den and to­wing.

Mo­re de­tails will be re­le­a­sed clo­ser to the launch.

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The re­fres­hed Ran­ger li­ne-up will be ma­nu­fac­tu­red lo­cal­ly - en­gi­nes in Port E­li­za­beth and the as­sem­bly in Sil­ver­ton ne­ar P­re­to­ria. T­his is thanks to an in­ves­t­ment of R3-bil­li­on in lo­cal o­pe­ra­ti­ons. We can ex­pect the new Ran­ger in 2019.

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