Ford has expanded the Ford Ranger line-up with the introduction of an automatic transmission to the 3.0TDCi Double Cab XLE 4x2 and 4x4. The 3.0-litre turbo diesel model produces 115kW at 3200rpm and has a torque peak of 380Nm at 1800rpm.
Ford says the Ranger offers a no-nonsense approach to getting the job done. It’s a rugged workhorse at heart but with all the modern conveniences and practicalities associated with passenger cars.
The electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission has closely spaced ratios that keep the engine in its power band to produce better acceleration under full throttle. Its wide overall ratio provides a combination of good off-the-line performance and efficient highway fuel economy.
The Ranger 3.0-litre's power and performance are achieved by the fuel being injected directly into the combustion chamber multiple times per cycle under extremely high pressure (1600 bar) from a common-rail pump. The technology ensures the best possible mixture of fuel and air in the cylinders, resulting in efficient combustion for high torque and good fuel economy while also reducing engine noise and vibration.
Combined with a variable geometry turbocharger that reduces turbo lag, the system increases power and torque across the driving range, ideal for powerful acceleration, carting heavy loads and negotiating treacherous off-road conditions.
The Ranger 3.0-litre XLE automatic is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 guise and comes well equipped with a variety of comfort and convenience features. The Ranger also offers a comprehensive safety package including ABS brakes, single-stage driver and passenger front airbags and driver and front passenger side airbags.
“The Ford Ranger line-up is very comprehensive and with the introduction of the new automatic offerings there really is something for everyone in our line-up,” explains Ben Pillay, Ford Marketing Manager.
Service intervals on all models are every 10 000kms, with a 5 year / 90 000km Service Plan standard across the range. Customers will also benefit from 3 years of Roadside Assistance as part of the Ford Ranger package. A 4yr / 120 000km comprehensive warranty is standard, as is a 5 year corrosion warranty.
The 4x2 XLE is priced at R310 990 while the 4x4 version costs R350 990.