Ford SA has recently revealed images of the Wildtrak version of the newest Ford Ranger. One of South Africa’s bestselling vehicles, the face lifted Ranger is being eagerly waited on by Ford enthusiasts around the country. Set for release in 2019, we had a look at what can be expected when it arrives.
A redesigned front bumper and grille is expected from the latest generation Ford Ranger though the Wildtrak is instantly more distinctive with a dark grey color scheme on the wing mirrors and grille. The different models are believed to be easily distinguishable from each other. Bumper design and colors are going to be used to reflect the model’s unique character, providing an obvious and visual difference.
When looking at the tech side of things the latest Ranger is set to debut a few Ford features. This includes Pre-Collision Assist with Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking. This feature includes detection of other vehicles as well as pedestrian. Active Park Assist is another feature set for release with the new Ranger. The emphasis on safety is clear from these valuable additions to the bakkie. The vehicle and pedestrian detection system will bring the Ranger to a complete stop at speeds above 3.5km/h.
In terms of power the Ranger will include Ford’s new 2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. This impressive engine was first seen in the Raptor and will now be available in the WIldtrak and XLT Ranger derivatives. The new engine pushes out a solid 157 kW of power and 500Nm of torque. This, paired with the 10-speed torque converter, makes for a powerful ride. The new engine won’t be alone however as Ford is retaining its current engines for the line. The 3.2 litre 5-cylinder and 2.2 litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engines will be carried over. Another exciting bit of news is that the engine will be locally assembled at the Engine Plant launched in Struandale, Port Elizabeth. The R3-billion investment in Struandale and the Silverton Assembly Plant, in Pretoria, is set to contribute to job creation and boost activity in the area.
The ride of the Ranger is expected to be far smoother, with suspension changes incorporated in the new model. Body roll has also been reduced by these suspension refinements. Improvement to the driving experience considered the Ranger when fully-laden as well as towing. Over and above it all, the Ranger keeps its promise for an aggressive and sturdy experience