The locally-made Ranger will be sold to markets in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East with single-, super- and double-cab body styles on offer.
Ford SA also confirmed that the 2,2-litre four-cylinder and 3,2-litre five-cylinder TDCi Duratorq units would soldier on locally, while also retaining their current transmissions whilst a selection of range leading derivatives (including the anticipated flagship Ranger Raptor) would include the new bi-turbo 2,0 litre diesel engine. This engine is assembled in the Struandale engine plane based in Port Elizabeth. This unit produces 157 kW and 500 N.m of torque with its new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Neale Hill, managing director of Ford Sub-Saharan Africa said that “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger models coming off our production line.” He went on to add that “…this is an extremely important and exciting year for the Ford Ranger, which will also see the launch of the first-ever Ranger Raptor that is undoubtedly one of this year’s most highly anticipated new models,”
The official launch date is yet to be revealed.