Ford has boosted its Ranger bakkie line-up by adding an automatic transmission to the range.
The five speed automatic gearbox is mated with Ford's 3.0-litre turbodiesel unit and offered on both 4X2 and 4X4 models of the range-topping XLE derivatives.
The engine produces 115 kW at 3 200 r/min and has a peak torque figure of 380 Nm at 1 800 r/min and uses a common-rail fuel injection system and variable geometry turbocharger.
A Powertrain Control Module (PCM) controls shift duration and shift timing, based on the throttle position, engine speed, load and other factors.
According to the manufacturer, the new gearbox's close ratios keep the engine in its power band to produce better acceleration, while returning high fuel economy rates. No figures have been provided, though.
Service intervals on all models are every 10 000 km with a five-year 90 000 km service plan and a four-year/120 000 km warranty standard across the range.
Three-year roadside assistance is offered as part of the Ford Ranger package.
Ranger 3.0 TDCi Hi-Trail XLE 4x2 auto - R310 990
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