Production of the 2019 Ford Ranger has officially started at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Tshwane, Ford said today.
According to Ford, the new Ranger brings a raft of product upgrades and refinements to what’s already one of the best-selling vehicles in South Africa.
“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,” said Neale Hill, Managing Director, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.
“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,” Hill adds.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will deliver more power, greater fuel efficiency, enhanced refinement and more advanced technologies when it goes on sale in the coming months, said Ford in a media statement.
Selected range-topping models, including the Ranger Raptor, will be powered by the all-new 2.0 Bi-Turbo diesel engine assembled at Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. This unit produces 157kW and 500Nm of torque – up by 10kW and 30Nm compared with the current 3.2 TDCi. Ford claims that the new power plant also delivers up to a nine percent improvement in fuel efficiency when combined with the Blue Oval’s 10-speed auto’ box that will also debut in SA with the new Ranger.
Certain derivatives will feature a 2.0 Single Turbo version of this engine, producing 132kW and 420Nm of torque, mated to the same 10-speed transmission. Various other models in the line-up will retain Ford’s familiar 2.2 and 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engines and existing gearbox options. As usual, the line-up includes Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab body styles to suit customer requirements.
Along with freshened design cues, range-topping Ranger models will raise the bar once again with industry-defining safety features on the Wildtrak such as Pre-Collision Assist and Active Park Assist. SYNC 3® with Navigation remains one of the Ranger’s technology highlights as a fully featured infotainment system with voice control.
Pricing for the new Ranger has not yet been announced. We’ll be sure to share more details, including pricing, as soon as it’s made available.