New models & features for Ford Ranger

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IOL mot feb5 ranger wildtrak c . The Wildtrak is now available with an automatic gearbox and 4x4 transmission.

Ford has bolstered its Ranger bakkie line-up with some new technological features, in certain models, and additional Wildtrak models.

The wildy-styled Ranger Wildtrak is proving rather popular with customers and to capitalise on this, the company is offering two more derivatives.

In the past it was only available as a 4x2 manual but now Ford is also offering it in 4x2 automatic and 4x4 automatic guises.

As before, all of them are fitted with Ford's gutsy 3.2-litre Duratorq turbodiesel motor, which produces 147kW and 470Nm.

Standard features include heated seats, dual zone climate control, multi-function steering wheel and automatic windscreen wipers.

A notch below Wildtrak, XLT models now offer a rear-view-mirror-mounted reverse camera and park distance sensors as an optional extra.

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XLS models, meanwhile, now come standard with Bluetooth with voice activation, audio controls on the steering wheel and a USB port.

Moving down to the single cab Base version, air conditioning is now available as an option, as is a safety pack that includes dual front airbags, ABS brakes and a seatbelt reminder.

For some reason Ford (along with some of its rivals) don't seem to see any safety hazard in offering a large rear-wheel drive bakkie without ABS as standard.

All Rangers do, however, come with a five-year/90 000km service plan and four-year/120 000km warranty.

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