In light of the success of the Ranger Thunder, Stormtrack luxury vehicle based on the Wildtrak is looking forward to attracting buyers in South Africa this month.
“When the Ranger Thunder was launched in 2020, it added a distinctive design and enhanced functionality to Ford’s already trendy and popular Ranger Wildtrak,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa.
Ranger Stormtrak comes with a black mesh grille featuring red accents, a black insert in the lower bumper section, black decals on the doors and roof, and 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels.
“With its tally of well over 2 000 units sold during its 12-month production run, the Thunder proved itself to be an enormous success. Ford’s generously specified bakkie receives even more striking visual enhancements and convenience features with its new Ranger Stormtrak,” said Mashinini.
There are three-dimensional Stormtrak emblems on the lower sections of the front doors and the rear tailgate, together with an eye-catching Lucid Red paint color that makes the newcomer stand out. It is also available in Sea Grey, Frozen White, and Blue Lightning, all of which are designed to appeal to a wide range of Ranger personalities.
The Stormtrak offers stylish upgrades along with thoughtful convenience features, such as a Power Roller Shutter for the rear load compartment, which allows a customer to electronically open or close the protective shutter over the loadbox to stow cargo out of sight.=
Unlike a manual roller shutter, which can only be safely secured in a few predetermined settings, the intelligent Power Roller Shutter can be securely locked in any position and features an anti-pinch mechanism to prevent harm or damage when it comes into contact with an object.
The tailgate locking mechanism is integrated into the vehicle’s central locking system, and there are bespoke buttons on the key fob, instrument panel, and inside the load box to add to the overall convenience of the system.
With the movable bed divider, the cargo area can be divided based on the size of the items being transported, preventing products from shifting while driving. You can use a 12-volt outlet in a drop-in bedliner to power a camping fridge and other devices.
Luxury and attention to detail abound throughout the cabin, which includes illuminated front scuff plates.
This concept is carried over to the premium leather seats, which have prominent red stitching and the Stormtrak emblem on the front seat backrests.
The leather-trimmed inside features red stitching everywhere, including on the soft-touch dashboard top, steering wheel, and gear lever, adding to the athletic feel.
Both the Ranger Wildtrak and Stormtrak come standard with cutting-edge technology such as the SYNC®3 infotainment system, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.A handy USB port located in the rear view mirror allows quick dash cam installation.Ford’s FordPass system is also included on the Stormtrak, which allows drivers to remotely control a variety of features of their vehicle from their phone, such as starting the AC or heating.
Owners may check their vehicle’s essential variables, such as fuel level, oil life status, tyre pressures (on models equipped with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), and kilometres, from the comfort of their smartphone using the FordPass app’s Vehicle Status function.
As part of the FordPass app, customers can use a map and location tracker to locate their vehicles, receive Vehicle Health Alerts that will notify them of future service needs, and take advantage of Ford’s 24-hour emergency Roadside Assistance services that are valid for three years and unlimited distance.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Collision Alert, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, and Driver Alert System are just a few of the revolutionary active and passive safety features and driver aids that come standard.
The LED headlamps add to the vehicle’s safety when driving at night. The addition of unique LED daytime running lights improves visibility during the day.
A revolutionary Semi-Automatic Parallel Park Assist system (SAPPA), which is also present on Ford’s top-of-the-line models such as the Ranger Wildtrak and Everest Limited sport utility vehicles (SUVs), is also offered on the new Stormtrak.
The system eliminates the difficulty of parallel parking by employing ultrasonic sensors on the front and back bumpers to search for parking spaces large enough to accommodate the vehicle and alerting the driver when one is identified.
The technology then uses the Ranger’s electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and sensors to direct the vehicle into the slot. All that is required of the driver is to utilize the accelerator and brake pedals, as well as to select the proper gear as directed by Park Assist.
The EZ lift tailgate, which minimizes the initial lift force necessary to raise the tailgate by around 70%, makes reaching the Stormtrak’s load bin a breeze.
The Ranger Stormtrak is powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo engine, which produces 157kW and 500Nm and is positioned at the top of the range. It comes with a sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission that provides smooth shifts, responsive performance, and excellent fuel economy.
The Ranger’s towing capacity of 3 500kg, as well as its 800mm water wading depth and 230mm ground clearance, remain unaltered.
The Ranger Stormtrak is priced at R790,300 for the 4×2 model and R846 500 for the 4×4 model.VAT is included in all pricing.
All new Ford Rangers 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 which covers six services. The recommended service interval is 15000km or annually, whichever occurs first.