The Ranger has been taking the fight straight to the likes of the Toyota Hilux and Volkswagen’s Amarok for the past few years. The bakkie market is undeniably shifting towards automatics, hence the introduction of an automatic version of the popular 2.2-litre diesel Ranger.
What Ford has to say…
“The success of the automatic transmission option on the Ford Ranger is unprecedented, with almost 70 percent of buyers opting for the auto instead of the manual in the powerful 3.2-litre models,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.
“The latest refinements, increased performance and enhanced fuel efficiency of the new Ranger, particularly with the updated 2.2 Duratorq TDCi engine, has led to growing customer interest in the option of an automatic transmission on these models,” she said.
Available from July
The automatic version of the 2.2-litre model will be on sale from July onward. The 2.2 motor still produces 118kW/385Nm and will be available in nine variants with the auto box including Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab. The specification level is also comprehensive, with XL, XLS and the top-end XLT variants available.
Ford is yet to release pricing for the new models but we will provide further details closer to the time of market launch.