Ford kicks up a limited storm for its Ranger
If the Wildtrak isn’t posh enough for you, the limited-edition Stormtrak double cab is sure to do the trick
Ford SA is prolific at churning out variants of its Ranger bakkies. Despite 44 options available and the next generation of its one-tonner just around the corner, it is also about to launch the Stormtrak.
To be sold in limited numbers, it fits between the Wildtrak and the Raptor in the locally built range.
It has distinctive styling features, including four colour options: Lucid Red, Sea Grey, Frozen White and Blue Lightning, along with black roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels finished in gloss black, a black mesh front grille with red inserts like the Ranger Thunder, and custom black decals on the bonnet, doors and rear tailgate.
On the inside, there is leather seat trim with red stitching, and a soft-touch dashboard, steering wheel and gear lever. The cabin is also perked up with Stormtrak logos and illuminated scuff plates.
Standard features include the Sync 3 infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the usual caboodle of high-end features such as climate control, electric windows, and a multifunction steering wheel. It also connects to the FordPass app that allows for remote access of numerous vehicle features from a smartphone, including scheduled starts to cool or heat the cabin.
Power is supplied by the 2.0l twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine that also powers the Wildtrak and Raptor flagship models. It produces 157kW and 500Nm and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Active safety and driving convenience is taken care of by adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping alert and lane keeping aid, driver alert system, and semi-automatic parallel park assist.
The Stormtrak retains the Ranger’s 3,500kg towing capacity and rubber specification which, along with its 230mm ground clearance, allows it to wade through water traps with a maximum depth of 800mm.
A Power Roller Shutter for the load bin is a standard feature, rather than optional as on the Wildtrak. There’s also an adjustable load bed divider that prevents cargo from shifting around and a 12-volt socket for powering accessories.
“The Ranger Thunder was exceptionally well received when we launched it a year ago, proving unequivocally that there is strong demand for range-topping models that offer something different from the norm,” said Doreen Mashinini, GM for Marketing at Ford SA.
Pricing for the Ranger Stormtrak will be announced closer to launch in the third quarter of the year.
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