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Ford's new Ranger bakkie

2010-10-25 06:45
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ford
Model Ranger
Engine 2.5l, 3l turbodiesel
Power 105kW, 115kW
Torque 330Nm, 380Nm
Transmission Five-speed (manual/auto)
Ford’s popular Ranger bakkie will be shown at the Geneva motor show with a new face and powertrain upgrades in three weeks time.

Ranger now features styling details ushering in a sleeker look, moving away from the imposing design of the current model available locally. A large grille still dominates the front view, with three horizontal bars, framed by a bumper which now includes foglamps in the lower half.

Park distance control bakkie?

Some of the new styling features major on convenience, including sidemirrors with integrated LED turn indicators and the new rear bumper featuring park distance control.

A slew of new colours are available too, including Copper Red, Desert Bronze, Highland Green and two blues in either Lagoon or Wining hue.

Interior design is left essentially untouched, with a set of auxiliary dials mounted atop the centre console and orange instrumentation backlighting distinguishing the Ranger facelift from the current car’s green backlighting.

Bodystyles remain either bakkie, cab and a half or double-cab in configuration, with the two Duratorq turbodiesel engines – 2.5l or 3l – soldiering on.

High-trim models will feature rear park distance control. Towing capacity remains a healthy 3 000kg.

Autos for everyone

For European markets – with their high-quality diesel – the 2.5l TDCil produces 105kW and 330Nm, whilst the 3l retains the power figures it produces locally, 115kW and 380Nm. Both engines drive through five-speed transmissions in either manual or automatic.

Production of the facelifted Ranger is set to commence by the end of March at Ford’s Thai assembly plant, with the first bakkies being on sale in Europe by April. South Africans can expect a Ford Ranger facelift (final spec unconfirmed) by the second half of 2009.

Allegedly the Thai facility will be the sole global supplier of these new Ranger bakkies - according to some overzealous Northern hemisphere media reports. We doubt this though, considering Ford's decision to invest nearly R1.5 billion into its Silverton production facility last year, enabling  exports of right- and left-hand drive Rangers from Pretoria to the rest of Africa...


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