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Flagship Ford Ranger Stormtrak touches down in South Africa

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With the imminent introduction of the new Ranger, Ford South Africa has released a special edition variant of the current-generation, dubbed the Stormtrak. Just two models are available, priced at a more premium point than the former halo model, the Wildtrak (excluding the specialist Raptor).

Both models are equipped with the Blue Oval's 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. The four-cylinder powertrain produces 157 kW and a meaty 500 Nm of torque. The twin-turbocharged Ranger is only available with one transmission option, the 10-speed automatic. Available as a 4x2 or 4x4, the former priced at R790 300. The 4x4 derivative will set you back R846 500, making it more expensive than both the Thunder and Wildtrak 4x4 models.

However, for that extra outlay, Ford has equipped the Stormtrak with impressively high levels of equipment. As standard, you receive seven airbags, parking sensors (front and rear) with a back-up camera, hill launch assist and descent control as well as adaptive load and trailer sway control - an excellent feature for those who tow on a regular basis. A tow bar is standard fitment, too. For added peace of mind, the Stormtrak receives a 4-year/120 000 km warranty and a 6-year/90 000 km service plan.

Style wise, you'll find distinctive, black-painted 18-inch alloys, automatic LED headlamps (with daytime-running lamps) a sports bar, black roof rails and a sporty mesh grille with red finishes. Inside, things have also taken an upmarket turn. The Stormtrak is bristling with tech and luxury features, including adaptive cruise control with autonomous braking, rain sensing wipers, keyless entry with push-button start and black leather seats. For that classier feel, Ford has included a plusher feeling dashboard. Dual-zone climate control is also standard.

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