Ford’s new Ranger pick-up in single and super cab guises has just joined the double cab version, which was introduced locally towards the end of last year.
As in the case of the double cab, the single and super cab versions are brand new with nothing or very little in common with their predecessors. Two litre single and bi-turbo engines are the only carry-overs from the previous generation Ranger although in the new version the powertrains have been tweaked.
Luxuries, spec levels and drivetrain options are model dependent.
Four single cab models have been introduced to cater for workhorse applications. In XL trim, the 2.0L single turbo unit, which produces 125 kW and 405 Nm, is used and is available with a new-generation six-speed manual gearbox or the latest-spec six-speed automatic – and a choice of 4x2 or electronic shift on the fly 4x4 systems.
It is riding on a 50 mm longer wheelbase, along with a 50 mm wider track compared to the previous Ranger. The cargo box is wider and accommodates a standard European pallet between the wheel arches (up to 1 224 mm), while the load box length runs up to 2 305 mm on the Single Cab models. The payload capacity ranges from 964 kg to 1 186 kg.
Here the big news is the addition of a first-ever super cab in the range-topping Wildtrak version with 154 kW (500 Nm), 10-speed automatic and 4x4, luxury features and Ford’s latest driver assistance technologies.
The XLT series adds a higher level of luxury than the XL and is available in 125 kW (405 Nm) 2.0L Single Turbo 4x2 guise with a six-speed automatic transmission, or the 154 kW (500 Nm) 2.0L Bi-Turbo engine matched to 4x4 and Ford’s 10-speed automatic.
Three Super Cab models introduced in XL trim with the 125 kW (405 Nm) 2.0L Single Turbo engine, manual or automatic in 4x2 guise, or six-speed automatic in 4x4 complete the rest of the range.
On the Wildtrak Super Cab, which is equipped with a drop-in bedliner as standard, pockets are moulded into the cargo box sidewalls that allow owners to use wooden planks to create compartments in the bed or to build a two-tier loading surface.
On the Wildtrak Super Cab, the fitment of a standard 400 W inverter, with 12 V and 240 V power to the cabin and the load box, opens up further possibilities for operating a variety of equipment in any location. A 12 V socket is standard in the load bed of the XLT range.
The high-tech theme is carried through to the large portrait-style centre touchscreen, which incorporates Ford’s SYNC® 4A connectivity and entertainment system. It measures 10.1 inches in the XL and XLT models, or 12 inches on the Wildtrak.
2.0L SiT XL 4x2 6MT (R464 200), 2.0L SiT XL 4x2 6AT (R477 800), 2.0L SiT XL 4x4 6MT (R531 300) and the 2.0L SiT XL 4x4 6AT (R545 000).
2.0L SiT XL 4x2 6MT (R485 400), 2.0L SiT XL 4x2 6AT (R499 900), 2.0L SiT XL 4x4 6AT (R542 900), 2.0L SiT XLT 4x2 6AT (R547 100), 2.0L BiT XLT 4x4 10AT (R688 900) and the 2.0L BiT Wildtrak 4x4 10AT (R772 800).
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