You can order an armoured-protected Ford Ranger from your nearest dealership

SVI and Ford
SVI and Ford

• Ford is partnering with SVI Engineering to offer armoured protection for its Ranger model. 

• ford says the Ranger is the only vehicle in its category to be offered with OEM-approved armoured protection. 

• Customers can order armoured Rangers directly from Ford dealers.


Ford South Africa and SVI Engineering announced factory-approved armoured protection for the carmaker's Ranger – a first for any original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the country.

SVI and Ford
SVI and Ford

Both companies are aiming the armoured protection option at private and fleet customers.

With more than 18 000 vehicle hijackings recorded annually in South Africa, according to the South African Police Service Annual Crime Statistics for 2019/20, Ford says it makes sense to add another layer of safety for customers in the form of ballistic protection.

SVI and Ford
SVI and Ford

Background on SVI

SVI Engineering was formed in 2004 as a mechanical engineering and rapid-product development firm with capabilities in product design, finite element analysis, development, product evaluation and manufacturing of armoured products for the military, security, and civilian markets.


SVI and Ford
SVI and Ford

"While we all wish there was no need for armoured civilian vehicles anywhere in the world, being able to provide outstanding levels of safety for customers is deeply rooted in Ford's DNA, with armoured protection being no exception," says Neale Hill, MD of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.

"One of our strengths as a local-manufacturer has always been our ability to adapt to new trends in the automotive industry and changing customer requirements. We see armoured vehicle protection as a next step into a potentially life-saving sector. Ford is leading the way in customer experience by offering this without affecting the Ranger's full warranty and service plan, which is a first for any OEM in South Africa," says Hill.

Orders can be placed at all Ford dealerships around the country

The ownership experience is further enhanced because Ranger is the only armoured bakkie in South Africa that can be ordered directly from a franchise dealer.

Customers can place an order for an armoured Ranger at any of the 134 Ford dealerships around the country.

SVI and Ford
SVI and Ford

"SVI is proud to announce our cooperation agreement with Ford SA to provide Ranger customers with a turnkey solution for all their armoured vehicle needs," says Jaco de Kock, CEO at SVI Engineering.

"The Ranger is one of the best-selling bakkies in South Africa, and this agreement expands SVI's footprint throughout Southern Africa. The quality of the Ranger mirrors the well-proven ballistic protection and track record of SVI's armouring solutions. Customers can now procure a fully locally-manufactured armoured vehicle with OEM support," De Kock says.

SVI offers two levels of Ford-approved armoured protection for the Ranger, across all models, powertrains and derivatives.

The armour protection has been specifically designed with the overall dynamics, quality, in-car technology and Built Ford Tough DNA in mind, says the company. 

An integral part of SVI's armoured technology is the high-quality glass which consists of unique layers of glass and polycarbonate material to withstand compression and tension forces. This strong combination forms the ballistic barrier by dissipating the energy of a bullet on impact while avoiding distortion.

B4 and B6 armour protection covers the following areas:
All glazing surrounding the occupants

A-, B- and C-pillars of the vehicle

Doors

Firewall

Rear of the cabin

Front fenders to protect engine components and firewall

Battery

ABS unit

B4 Armoured Specification

B4 offers customers bullet-resistant protection against handguns up to a .44 Magnum. This is the typical anti-hijack solution that also protects brick-throwing and other hand-held projectiles. The shield consists of 18-21mm armoured glass in combination with Kevlar sheets for the body.

It is discreet and, at only 280kg on the Ranger Double Cab, also lightweight with minimal impact on vehicle acceleration, fuel consumption and dynamic performance. The build time of a B4 armoured Ranger is around eight weeks.

B6 Armoured Specification

B6 is the highest level of civilian protection allowed without a special permit. It has been designed for the valuables-in-transit industry and high-profile individuals needing the ultimate level of security. This has been designed to protect against the ammunition fired by the R1 assault rifle and the AK47.

This comprehensive protection comprises 38mm armoured glass and special armoured steel plates. Due to the additional 650kg of armour, the Ranger's suspension is upgraded accordingly.

With the B6 armour protection option, customers can choose between a discreet appearance, or the cost-effective non-discreet option, called Stopgun V2.0.

Additional Ford-approved armouring options for the Ranger include:


Roof armouring

Floor armouring

Bullbar and ballistic grill

Run-flat ring system for the tyres

Public announcement system

The hidden option features upgrades not readily identifiable on the vehicle, versus the more obvious protection on the non-discrete Stopgun option.

The discreet option takes three months to build, while the Stopgun security option can be installed in only two weeks.

SVI says b responding to customer feedback, the B4 option is available only in the discreet appearance form, which caters mainly to those who want a level of armoured protection without compromising their vehicle's interior and exterior aesthetics.

Model and pricing

Ranger Single Cab

B6 Stop gun V2.0 non-discreet - R234 413

B4 discreet - R338 386

B6 discreet - R527 990

Ranger Super Cab

R271 163

R454 371

R688 225

Ranger Double Cab

R335 202

R454 371

R688 225

Warranties and service plans

All new Ford Rangers come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty.

A six-year/90 000km service plan is included which covers six services. The recommended service interval is 15 000km or annually, whichever occurs first.

In addition, customers receive a one year/50 000km warranty on the armouring components from SVI Engineering.

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