It’s always a pleasure coming out to Consolidated Auto in Boksburg and I always look forward to the exciting mystery of what car I will get to test drive for the day. Today sales assistant Dee is taking me out to test drive the new Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi  Double Cab XL 4×2.  There is a bit of a hype surrounding the vehicle here at the dealership already as they are currently running a special on the Double Cab starting at only R6 299 per month.

The 2019 Ford Ranger received a significant mechanical overhaul and the new facelift represents a big leap forward for the model. Aesthetically speaking there are a few slight trim changes on both the inside and out. The big change comes with the debut of the all-new 2.0-litre bi-turbo and single turbo diesel engines. There’ s also a new transmission in the form of a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Inside the Ford Ranger boasts a dark and premium look, and while all these changes appear minimal, I can guarantee you there is a lot of new goodness that this machine has to offer. The 2019 model has greatly improved its ride quality and comfortability. I must say I could easily compare the comfort and handling characteristics to that of an SUV rather than a pick-up.

I got a chance to take it on a bit of a bumpy off-road ride and it handled those curves and bumps like a true pro. The speed pick up and change between the gears goes almost unnoticeable, making an ideal drive especially for those long distance trips.

The new Ford Ranger doesn’t shy away from introducing trend setting technological features. It offers Adaptive cruise control features, Bluetooth radio and steering audio control features. It allows all the benefits of smartphone integration provided through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Now if you are looking at buying a new bakkie then this Ford Ranger, particularly the double cab, should be on the top of your list. Given the improvements made to this new Ranger, Ford South Africa will continue selling these in vast numbers. This incredible new bakkie offers a fair balance of spec, performance and great value for money. Be sure to pop in to Consolidated Auto to catch these amazing specials.

2.2 TDCi Base 5MT 4x2                                             R336 500

2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x2                                                 R355 9400

2.2 TDCi XL 6AT 4x2                                                  R370 900

2.2 TDCi XL 6MT 4x4                                                 R429 300

All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year/90 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.

By Noni Nchwe