Ford South Africa has added new derivatives to the Ranger line-up.
In 2013, the popular WildTrak derivative will now be offered in 4x2 and 4x4 automatic guise, having previously only been available as a 4x2 manual. The range-topping WildTrak derivative is powered by Ford's 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine with a 147kW and 470Nm.
The WildTrak gets extensive safety features that have seen it become the first bakkie to achieve a maximum five-star rating under the Euro NCAP crash test protocol. The WildTrak is also comprehensively equipped with features normally associated with premium passenger vehicles. Among them, Bluetooth with voice control, steering wheel mounted radio controls, dual zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, power windows front and rear, heated seats and more.
Other changes to the Ranger line-up in 2013 include the addition of Bluetooth with voice activation, including steering wheel audio controls and a USB port to the Single, Super and Double Cab XLS derivatives, while all XLT models can now be fitted with Park Distance Sensors and a Reverse Camera as an optional extra. The sensor is fitted to the rear bumper with a camera that appears in the review mirror when the vehicle is placed in reverse.
Single Cab Base customers will now have the opportunity to fit air-conditioning as an optional extra, while a Safety Pack will also be available as an option. The Safety Pack includes ABS brakes with EBD, beltminder and driver and passenger airbags.
A four-year or 120 000km warranty is standard on all models while a five-year or 90 000km service plan and is standard from XL models up, but is available as an option on entry-level models. Service intervals are 15 000km.