Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

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New limited-edition Ranger Stormtrak

Ford recently announced that the limited-edition Ranger Stormtrak will be joining the local Ranger line-up.

The Stormtrak is based on the luxury Wildtrak and is said to continue the success of the other recent limited-edition Ranger thunder.

“The new Ranger Stormtrak builds on this strong foundation by introducing even more striking visual enhancements and convenience features to Ford’s generously specified bakkie,” says Doreen Mashinini, Ford South Africa’s general manager for marketing.

The Ranger Stormtrak gains several design elements that Ford describes as “outlandish”. This includes a black mesh grille with red inserts, a black insert in the lower section of the front bumper, black decals for the bonnet and doors, black roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels finished in gloss black.

“Three-dimensional Stormtrak logos on the lower sections of the front doors, as well as on the rear tailgate identify the newcomer, along with an attention-grabbing model specific Lucid Red paint colour,” says Mashinini.

“The styling upgrades to the Stormtrak are matched with carefully considered convenience features to aid day-to-day practicality, including a Power Roller Shutter for the rear load compartment, which allows a customer to electronically open or close the protective shutter over the load box and provides a convenient method to securely stow cargo out of sight.

“Compared to the manual roller shutter, which can be locked only in specific predetermined positions, the intelligent Power Roller Shutter can be securely locked in any position and has also been designed with an anti-pinch feature to prevent injury or damage when contact is made with an object.

“Bespoke buttons on the key fob, instrument panel and inside the load box add to the overall convenience of the system, complemented by the tailgate locking mechanism being integrated into the vehicle’s central locking system.

“An adjustable bed divider kit that makes it easy for the owner to compartmentalise the cargo area according to the size of the items being carried – thus preventing goods from shifting around when driving. A drop-in bedliner provides a useful 12-volt socket for powering accessories such as a camping fridge.”

Other standard features include the SYNC®3 infotainment system with embedded navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; a USB charging port located in the rearview mirror for a dashcam; and Ford’s innovative Semi-Automatic Parallel Park Assist.

The Stormtrak is available in Lucid Red (as seen in the attached photos), Sea Grey, Frozen White and Blue Lightning.

The Stormtrak is powered by Ford’s 2-litre Biturbo diesel engine that kicks out 157kW and 500Nm of torque, delivered through a 10-soeed automatic transmission.

The Ranger Stormtrak is priced at R790 300 for the 4×2 version and R846 500 for the 4×4 version.

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