Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 07 June 2017
In South Africa we absolutely love our pickups, or as we call them “bakkies.” Back in October 2015, I attended the launch, where Ford showcased the latest generation Ranger in several variants and gave the media a chance to put it through its paces.
While Ford SA at the time offered an extensive lineup, it left me wondering why you couldn’t get the 2.2-litre TDCi motor with an automatic gearbox. Thankfully Ford answered this question by adding 9 new automatic derivatives to its 2.2 TDCi Ranger line-up across single cab, super cab and double cab body styles.
The Sweet Spot
I have always liked the Ford Ranger, but I must say, the 2.2-litre turbodiesel motor and 6-speed automatic gearbox really is the sweet spot in the range! With its charming rugged and tough appearance, coupled with its luxurious interior, the Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi 4×4 XLS manages to offer the best of economy, comfort and practicality all rolled into one very impressive package.
With the ever increasing trend of pickup trucks becoming more and more luxurious, you immediately notice that the Ranger in this variant does a great job of combining a rugged, yet luxurious and comfortable interior with great ergonomics. With seating for the whole family and the practicality of its large load bay and ability to tow 3.5-tonne of a braked trailer, this really is a “do-anything” vehicle.
The Ranger is big safety and technological advancements, including airbags throughout the cabin and Ford’s clever Sync multimedia system, with which you are able to enjoy a wide selection media without ever having to take your eyes off the road.
Multimedia is available through the likes of USB thumb drive, 3.5mm auxiliary and Bluetooth streaming from your mobile device.
On & Off-Road
The Ford Ranger is an incredibly popular choice when it comes to combing real-world practicality and with the 2.2-litre TDCi motor and 6-speed automatic gearbox, you find that the Ranger performs incredibly well both on and off-road.
To further enhance its off-road abilities, the 4×4 model has HDC (Hill Descent Control), which is engaged by the simple tap of a button. This system allows the Ranger to effortlessly descend rough terrain by applying the required amount of braking to each of its wheels, while you as the driver are left to merely concentrate on steering the direction.
Apart from the smart HDC system, the Ranger allows you to shift to 4-high while on the fly, in order to send the power where it is required through the differential in order to tackle rutted terrain and 4-low from neutral for when the going gets really tough.
The easy to operate 4×4 systems make driving the Ford Ranger and easy and pleasurable task both on and off-road.
The Perfect Blend
If you are after a mass of torque and power with a few extra bucks to spend, you might be more after the Ford Ranger Wildtrack, but if you want a vehicle which is about 20% more economical to run and still offers great on and off-road ability with further improved economy, then you may want to take a closer look at this Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi 4×4 XLS (Automatic), it is a perfect multi-purpose vehicle.
All Ranger derivatives come with 4-year/120 000 km comprehensive warranty, 5-year/100 000 km service plan (base models optional), a 5-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty, and a 3-year/unlimited km roadside assistance plan.
SA Pricing (time of publishing – Vat incl.)