Locally built Ford Ranger spiced up for 2018

2018-01-10 06:00
The locally built Ford Ranger has been spiced up for 2018.Photo:SUPPLIED

The locally built Ford Ranger has been spiced up for 2018.Photo:SUPPLIED

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KEEPING aligned with the times, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has introduced a raft of new enhancements and product updates on the Ford Ranger, which is locally produced at Ford’s Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria.

“The Ford Ranger has cemented its status as one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles overall and in the light commercial vehicle category, having topped the monthly vehicle sales charts on various occasions last year,” said Tracey Delate, general manager of marketing, at FMCSA.

“The 2.2 TDCi Auto has been a great success for us, offering superb performance and economy matched to the convenience and ease of use of the refined six-speed automatic transmission.

“With the latest enhancements introduced for the 2018 model year, we are delighted to offer our customers even greater value for money, driving convenience and safety, as well as trend-setting style,” Delate added.

Bolstering the integrated SYNC3 with the Navigation infotainment system and its large eight-inch touch screen, Front Park Assist is now fitted as standard on all Ranger XLT and Fx4 ­models. The new front-mounted sensors complement the existing Rear Park Assist with rear-view camera; thus, providing improved visibility and safety when manoeuvring the vehicle in tight spaces.

On the topic of the Fx4, this bold limited-edition derivative - previously only available on the Ranger 3.2 Double Cab XLT 4x4 - has proven exceptionally popular among South African customers, giving the muscular Ranger even greater on-road presence.

“Based on strong customer feedback and demand, the Fx4 treatment is now available in limited quantities on all XLT Double Cab derivatives, including the 2.2 and 3.2-litre models, in both manual and automatic transmissions,” Delate stated. “This makes the unique and thoroughly distinctive Fx4 styling available to more of our Ranger customers.”

Building on the Ranger’s “Built Ford Tough” heritage, the Ranger Fx4 incorporates a number of distinctive styling changes, including black finishes for the radiator grille, fog lamp bezels, exterior mirrors and roof rails. The 17-inch alloy wheels are supplied in an eye-catching black finish, with the same treatment for the side steps, rear bumper and special Fx4 tubular sports bar located in the load bay which features a fitted bed liner. Unique Fx4 decals provide an additional distinguishing touch.

For the first time, the Ranger will also be available with a spray-in bed liner direct from the factory as an added cost option.

As a genuine Ford accessory spray-in product, it is fully tested and approved according to Ford’s stringent engineering specifications and has been used on the Ford F150 produced at the Kansas City assembly plant in the US since 2008.

The liner is a Polyurea-based two-component material that provides rugged durability and anti-slip protection for the load bed, and is more aesthetically pleasing than some aftermarket solutions currently available.

Minor and major repairs to the spray-in liner can be done at Ford dealerships. The liner is covered by a four-year/120 000km warranty.

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