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First of its kind: Ford Ranger workhorse now with six-speed auto gearbox

By Graeme Lund - Dec 7, 2016
First of its kind: Ford Ranger workhorse now with six-speed auto gearbox

Earlier this year, we reported that Ford had expanded its local Ranger line-up with the addition of nine 2.2 Duratorq TDCi variants equipped with a six-speed auto gearbox that brings the Ranger line-up to a total of 36 different models.

Most noticeable of this range was that Ford’s new introductions makes the Ranger the first bakkie to offer an auto option on workhorse single cab models, with either rear or four-wheel drive.

The Ranger, says Ford, “is the first and only single cab pick-up on the local market available with an automatic transmission”.

The 2.2 TDCi engine produces 118kW/385Nm. Two versions are available, comprising the 2.2 TDCi 4x2 XL, along with the higher specification XLS model equipped with a 4x4 drivetrain.

The Super Cab is particularly popular with farmers, contractors as well as lifestyle-oriented buyers seeking the added convenience of the extra space behind the front seats, as well as the convenience of the rear opening doors that provide unrivalled access to the entire cabin.

In a recent test drive, we found the 2.2 TDCi single cab auto to be just as comfortable as one would expect from a Ford Ranger with the auto gearbox making it very simple and convenient to get around.

Considering the tough competition between the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger for the title of highest selling bakkie, this one-of-a-kind automatic single cab will certainly give the Ford Ranger a boost.

All models are sold with a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, five-year or 100 000km service plan (excluding Base derivatives), three-year or unlimited km roadside assistance and a five-year or unlimited km corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 20 000km.

To book a test drive, visit Eastern Cape Motors in North End, Port Elizabeth, or contact them on 041 484 4326.