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PRODUCTION OF THE NEW FORD RANGER COMMENCES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Date: 15 Apr 2019 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Ford South Africa
Source: Ford South Africa
According to a media release from Ford, their Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria has officially commenced production of the new Ford Ranger, bringing a raft of product upgrades and refinements to one of South Africa's best-selling vehicles and export models. Following the investment of over R3-billion in their local operations and extensive upgrades to their plants over the past 18 months, saw the first of the new Ford Ranger models coming off the production line," says Neale Hill, Managing Director, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.

According to Hill, this is an extremely important and exciting year for the Ford Ranger, which will also see the launch of the first-ever Ranger Raptor that is undoubtedly one of this year's most highly anticipated new models. The new line-up will make the Ranger an even more compelling choice amongst workhorse and leisure-oriented pick-up customers.

The range-topping and very popular Wildtrak, which now comes with HID headlamps and LED daytime running lights, has been intentionally kept more familiar with the vertical aspect ratio grille that also incorporates the 'nostrils' in its design. Along with a split centre bar and additional venting holes for cooling, the new design is more aggressive in its application but remains true to the Wildtrak DNA. The Wildtrak lower bumper surface is more chiseled than before, again reinforcing its 'tough truck' image with a wider lower grille and silver accented skid plate. The larger, more aggressive fog lamp bezels are pushed further outboard, again accentuating width and incorporating LED fog lamps that give a greater level of distinction for the Wildtrak

"The 2019 Ford Ranger will deliver more power, greater fuel efficiency, enhanced refinement and even more advanced technologies when it goes on sale in the coming months. Selected range-topping models, including the Ranger Raptor, will be powered by the all-new 2.0 Bi-Turbo diesel engine assembled at Ford's Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. This unit produces 157KW and 500NM of torque, up by 10Kw and 30NM compared with the current 3.2 TDCi and delivers up to a nine percent improvement in fuel efficiency when combined with the advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Certain derivatives will feature a 2.0 Single Turbo version of this engine, producing 132KW and 420NM of torque, mated to the same 10-speed transmission. Various other models in the line-up will retain the proven 2.2 and 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engines and existing gearbox options, thus giving customers the widest choice yet in this category. As usual, the line-up includes; Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab body styles to suit customer requirements.

Doreen Mashinini, General Manager Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa says that as the new 2.0 Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo engines are only available in four derivatives at launch, the Duratorq TDCi engines still power the remainder of the 33 models that are available in the New Ranger line-up. She adds that many customers who have been truly delighted with the impressive all-round performance and durability of these units.

In selected XLT and Wildtrak models, we are taking the unprecedented step of giving customers a choice of engines to suit their preferences and driving requirements. The Ranger's exceptional towing capacity of up to 3 500kg remains unchanged, as do the impressive load capacity of up to 1 199kg (on selected SuperCab models) with the 800mm water wading depth and 230mm ground clearance. Along with freshened design cues, range-topping Ranger models will raise the bar once again with industry-defining safety features on the Wildtrak such as; Pre-Collision Assist and Active Park Assist. SYNC 3® with Navigation, remains one of the Ranger's technology highlights as a fully featured infotainment system with intuitive voice control.

Following the launch of the 'standard' new Ford Ranger models, the attention will be shifted to the locally assembled Ranger Raptor that is set to create an entirely new segment in the pickup market, when it makes its eagerly anticipated debut. There is a lot of excitement and hype around the Ranger Raptor, and this exhilarating new model will occupy a white space in the pickup market when it goes on sale in the second quarter of this year, creating the first-ever true performance model in this crucial segment. Some of the defining features of the Ranger Raptor include; Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX, and an advanced Terrain Management System (TMS) that includes an exciting Baja mode for fast off-road driving. It also boasts a toughened reinforced chassis, a powerful all-disc braking system and specially developed BF Goodrich tyres.

The Model Range and Recommended Retail Prices are listed below:
Single Cab
2.2 TDCi Base 5MT 4x2               R287 100
2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x2                  R359 800
2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x2                   R372 300
2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x4                  R411 400
2.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x2                R390 900
2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x4                 R449 200
3.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x2                R401 800
3.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x4                 R460 100

SuperCab
2.2 TDCi Base 5MT 4x2               R336 500
2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x2                  R381 400
2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x2                   R393 800
2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x4                  R429 300
2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x2                 R426 400
2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x4                 R472 400
3.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x2                 R424 900
3.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x4                 R480 900
3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x4                 R568 600

Double Cab
2.2 TDCi Base 5MT 4x2               R350 000
2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x2                  R409 400
2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x2                   R428 800
2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x4                  R455 300
2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x4                   R474 700
2.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4x2                 R455 100
2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x4                 R508 400
2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x2                  R514 300
2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x4                  R570 200
3.2 TDCi XLT 6MT 4x2                 R542 600
3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x2                 R571 400
3.2 TDCi XLT 6MT 4x4                 R604 800
3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x4                 R617 300
3.2 TDCi Wildtrak 6AT 4x2           R609 800
2.0 BiT Wildtrak 10AT 4x2           R632 300
2.0 BiT Wildtrak 10AT 4x4           R678 200

All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year / 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, with 15 000km service intervals.
 
 
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