Tough and topping sales

FORD is riding high with its 2017 Ranger Wildtrak which, with its theme of Tough Done Smarter, has leapt to the top of the sales market and earned rave reviews.

Sitting at the top of the Ranger fleet is the Wildtrak four-wheel-drive double cab, a vehicle that is both rugged and comfortable. As the brochure says, you can stay connected even in the middle of nowhere and have the power to go wherever you want.

The Ranger’s five-cylinder diesel engine delivers a hefty 147kW of power at 3000 rpm and 470Nm of torque between 1500 and 2750 rpm. The towing capacity is 3500kg braked and payload capacity of 1205kg. The six-speed automatic transmission allows fuel consumption of 8.9litres/100km.

Light steering and top-class suspension make it particularly easy to drive and the big diesel motor is surprisingly quiet.

Adding to the driving experience is a staggering list of comfort features.

Adaptive cruise control makes driving easy by using radar to allow you to set your cruising speed and adjust the distance you want. The extremely valuable lane departure warning system will vibrate the steering wheel if you stray out of a lane unintentionally and even steer you back towards it.

The voice operated Sync3 system will let you perform just about every function you want without having to take your hands off the wheel. It can tell you where anything is, from the nearest food outlet to a police station, and will dial a number for you.

The system has seamless integration with a smartphone, whether Apple or Android, and contains a CD player for “dinosaurs” who want one.

The front two seats are heated and the driver’s one can be electrically adjusted.

All this comfort should not obscure the fact this is a genuinely rugged vehicle with a bigger chassis and 800mm of clearance, which would have been handy for dealing with the tail end of Cyclone Debbie.

There is a lock-up slide on the wellside with a handy deck liner.

The Wildtrak has a collision warning alert that lets out a chime, flashes a heads-up display on the windscreen and pre-loads the brakes for greater stopping power.

The electronic stability programme is the full Monty with roll-over mitigation, hill launch assist and descent control, trailer sway mitigation and adaptive load control.

There are front and rear sensors and a reversing camera.

The Wildtrak looks as good as it drives. The test drive vehicle was pride orange with the interior seats matching the exterior colour.

No surprise then that the Ranger is not only at the top of its class but also headed the individual model sales figures for 2016.

A price tag of $69,640 retail has not deterred Gisborne customers, who have snapped them up in record numbers in a clear indication that the Wildtrak is at home in this district.

FORD is riding high with its 2017 Ranger Wildtrak which, with its theme of Tough Done Smarter, has leapt to the top of the sales market and earned rave reviews.

Sitting at the top of the Ranger fleet is the Wildtrak four-wheel-drive double cab, a vehicle that is both rugged and comfortable. As the brochure says, you can stay connected even in the middle of nowhere and have the power to go wherever you want.

The Ranger’s five-cylinder diesel engine delivers a hefty 147kW of power at 3000 rpm and 470Nm of torque between 1500 and 2750 rpm. The towing capacity is 3500kg braked and payload capacity of 1205kg. The six-speed automatic transmission allows fuel consumption of 8.9litres/100km.

Light steering and top-class suspension make it particularly easy to drive and the big diesel motor is surprisingly quiet.

Adding to the driving experience is a staggering list of comfort features.

Adaptive cruise control makes driving easy by using radar to allow you to set your cruising speed and adjust the distance you want. The extremely valuable lane departure warning system will vibrate the steering wheel if you stray out of a lane unintentionally and even steer you back towards it.

The voice operated Sync3 system will let you perform just about every function you want without having to take your hands off the wheel. It can tell you where anything is, from the nearest food outlet to a police station, and will dial a number for you.

The system has seamless integration with a smartphone, whether Apple or Android, and contains a CD player for “dinosaurs” who want one.

The front two seats are heated and the driver’s one can be electrically adjusted.

All this comfort should not obscure the fact this is a genuinely rugged vehicle with a bigger chassis and 800mm of clearance, which would have been handy for dealing with the tail end of Cyclone Debbie.

There is a lock-up slide on the wellside with a handy deck liner.

The Wildtrak has a collision warning alert that lets out a chime, flashes a heads-up display on the windscreen and pre-loads the brakes for greater stopping power.

The electronic stability programme is the full Monty with roll-over mitigation, hill launch assist and descent control, trailer sway mitigation and adaptive load control.

There are front and rear sensors and a reversing camera.

The Wildtrak looks as good as it drives. The test drive vehicle was pride orange with the interior seats matching the exterior colour.

No surprise then that the Ranger is not only at the top of its class but also headed the individual model sales figures for 2016.

A price tag of $69,640 retail has not deterred Gisborne customers, who have snapped them up in record numbers in a clear indication that the Wildtrak is at home in this district.

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