WATER BABY: With a wading depth of up to 800mm , the new Ford Ranger Wildtrak offers buyers peace of mind motoring even in the harshest conditions. Image:Quickpic
AS Hilux sales continue to dip while buyers await the arrival of the next generation of SA’s favourite bakkie, Ford and Isuzu are pulling all the stops to lure the Toyota faithful to their showrooms.
In this marketing battle Ford has fired the most impressive salvo in the 3,2 litre Ranger Wildtrack.
This special edition is packed out with the most digital driving aids of any bakkie in SA.
Apart from the quick-linking SYNC2, the big bakkie also has front and rear park assist, adaptive cruise control, a drowsy driver monitor and lane-keeping assist and a tyre pressure monitor system. There is also a very handy 240 volt plug that can power all laptops.
With 147 kW and 470 Nm, the 3,2 litre Duratorq engine also produces the second most power in SA after Nissan’s rather thirsty Navara. The Wildtrack Ranger only goes on sale in October and Ford will announce a price closer to the date.
Meanwhile Isuzu has made the Serengeti 300 double cab available, which is basically the normal Isuzu made more attractive with judicious use of shiny and blacked-out bits on the exterior. At 130 kW and 380 Nm the three litre D-Teq turbo diesel in the Serengeti does not produce quite the stump-pulling power of Ford’s 3,2 litre, but this power is more than sufficient and also fuel miserly.
Three Serengeti models are available, with the entry level LX listed for R468 400 and the LX 4x4 listed for R522 600. The keyword is “listed”, as Isuzu dealers are leaders in the business of negotiating a good price, and Motoring readers often tell of the good trade in or discount they got from Key Group dealers.
The Isuzu has a five-year or 120 000 km warrantee with a five-year or 90 000 km service plan.
While neither is likely to shake the convictions of the Hilux drivers, Ford and Isuzu fans will find a lot to delight in both the Wildtrack and Serengeti