TURNS out that Paul, who owns the neighbourhood car wash and workshop, is a Ranger fan. His current ride is a Wildtrak of the same mechanical specification as our test unit, a Ford Ranger Thunder 4x4 dual cab.
The differences are in the added Thunder Pack consisting of 3-D “Thunder” decals, bed divider in load box, black exterior detailing, lockable roller cover for the bin, bespoke black wheels, new grille with red detail, leather seats with logo and red stitching, and red strips on the bin bar that Ford calls a “Sports Hoop.”
He found the roller cover interesting but paled a bit at its price, if added as an option to his Wildtrak, of R20 090. That’s when I pointed out the included bed divider – useful for separating delicate groceries from more robust cargo – and that spares, camping gear, valuable equipment or tools, saved from independent shoppers, would pay for the cover rather quickly. “Sound logic,” he agreed.