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Car Review: Ford Ranger's 2.2 Auto

A rugged and refined new look for the Ranger

Adding to the success of the legendary Ford Ranger, the new 2.2 auto addition was launched in George/Mossel Bay last week, where we spent an action-packed day with one of SA’s favourite bakkies.

The expanded range of 36 Ford Ranger models includes nine all-new 2.2 Automatic derivatives, a unique offering in the single cab LCV segment.

Ford boasts this to be the most extensive and complete pick-up range in South Africa, and after motoring journos and industry experts got their hands on it, it’s been suggested that the Ford Ranger could overtake sales of the Toyota Hilux.

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“The Ford Ranger has been a huge success story for Ford Motor Company, and has redefined the LCV segment in terms of performance, capability, technology and safety,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.

“The introduction of the advanced six-speed automatic transmission on the 2.2 Duratorq TDCi models will undoubtedly build on this legacy, broadening its appeal to an even wider audience.”

While Toyota unveiled its new Hilux earlier this year, the pressure was on for Ford to make an impression with the Rangers new facelift.

The latest generation 2.2-litre four cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine offers up to 118kW and 385Nm when coupled with the six-speed auto, giving it a substantial amount of capability in a variety of driving situations, from overtaking to carrying a heavy load across long distances.

Driving impression

From the outside the Ranger 2.2 auto shows a rugged  and refined new look to enhance its reputation for being built on a platform for toughness and capability. One of the first things you’ll notice is the trapezoidal grid, muscular hood and chiseled projector headlamps, giving it a strong presence on the road.

Stepping in, the cockpit has been completely redesigned and features a modern and functional instrument panel. It houses some of the latest driver-assistance technologies, which made our drive through some dune-giants almost effortless:

The Electronic Stability Program, which is standard on all but the entry-level Base models, delivers a high level of active driving safety. The 8-inch high res touch screen doubles as a rear-view camera display when reversing. The system incorporates Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Adaptive Load Control, Roll-over Mitigation, as well as Hill Descent Control on the 4×4 models.

The Ranger 2.2 TDCi Auto models are available across all three body styles, including Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab. Customers can also select between three different specification levels: XL, mid-range XLS and high-spec XLT.

The 4X4 drivetrain, which employs an electronically controlled transfer case and shift-on-the-fly functionality controlled via a dail on the centre consol, allows 4X2 and 4X4 high-range modes to be engaged while driving.

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Pricing

Ranger 2.2 Automatic – Recommended Retail Prices (incl. VAT) from:

2.2 TDCi XL Single Cab 4×2 Auto                  R311 900

2.2 TDCi  XLS Single Cab 4×4 Auto              R426 900

 

2.2 TDCi XL Super Cab 4×2 Auto                  R357 900

2.2 TDCi XLS Super Cab 4×2  Auto               R411 900

2.2 TDCi  XLS Super Cab 4×4 Auto               R472 900

 

2.2 TDCi  XL Double Cab 4×2 Auto               R384 900

2.2 TDCi  XL Double Cab 4×4 Auto               R426 900

2.2 TDCi  XLS Double Cab 4×4 Auto             R517 900

2.2 TDCi  XLT Double Cab 4×2 Auto             R482 900

All models are sold with a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, five-year/100 000km service plan (optional on Base models), three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 20 000km.

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