Ford’s local Ranger line-up, which is produced on a high-tech assembly line in Silverton, Pretoria, already enjoys an envious reputation for its successes – constantly giving the leaders in the LCV segment a proverbial run for their money.
Earlier this year the company expanded its Ranger line-up with the addition of a few new models that perhaps blur the lines between workhorse, performance utility vehicle and genuine off-roader thanks to several technologies that are not available in many products in this segment of the market.
These two new single-cab derivatives are powered by Ford’s powerful 3,2-litre turbocharged diesel powerplant and offer either 4×2 or 4×4 versions in high-end XLS specification. The Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel offers a hefty 470N.m of torque and hot-hatch rivalling power rated at 147kW.
Its impressive performance does not come at the expense of frugality, says Ford, as the 4×2 has a claimed consumption of 9,3 litres/100km on the combined cycle.
While the 4×2 may appeal to those that spend most of their time on road, and with lighter loads in the cargo area, the Ranger also offers notable towing capabilities in 4×4 guise as Ford claims that it’s capable of pulling up to 3 350kg behind it.
“The Ranger has been designed to cater to a wide spectrum of customers,” says Gavin Golightly, Ford SA’s marketing manager. “Both fleet buyers and small business owners will now be able to take advantage of the greater selection of models on offer while enjoying the quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology that have made the Ranger such a popular choice with South African consumers.”
More impressively all Ranger derivatives, except the base models, come with a five-year/90 000km service plan and a comprehensive four-year/120 000km warranty. Prices start at R179 500.
Enter the Transit Missing from the crucial LCV segment for a number of decades has been Ford’s Transit. That changed earlier this year when the company reintroduced the Transit nameplate to SA shores with the introduction of its new Transit Custom range.
Featuring a car-like interior and outstanding driving dynamics, the Ford Transit Custom will appeal to a broad range of professionals, skilled tradesmen and small businesses, thanks to its legendary status in Europe for durability and versatility.
“The Transit Custom is a welcome introduction to the South African market,” Golightly added. “It is a stylish, modern van that customers will be proud to have in their driveway. At the same time it’s up for the tasks required by this segment.”
Available in a choice of short wheelbase (overall length 4,97 metres) and long wheelbase (overall length 5,34 metres) versions, in addition to offering maximum load volumes (6m3 SAE with full bulkhead fitted, 6,8m3 SAE with LWB), the new latest Transit Custom nudges close to the top of its competitor class.
“Designers sought to design a load space that would make everyday functions more convenient – so it’s easier for customers to do their job,” Golightly added. Powered by Ford’s 2,2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, the Transit Custom is available in three varying states of factory tune: a 74kW/310N.m model, a 92kW/350N.m model and the range-topping 114kW/385N.m Sport model.
The Transit Custom comes with a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty. Service intervals are every 15 000km with a Service Plan available as a dealer option. Prices start at R303 100.