Tested: Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo D/C 4×4 Wildtrak

Yes, you read correctly. A Ford Ranger Wildtrak with a two-litre turbo-charged engine. Even more astonishing is that this engine and 10-speed automatic gearbox pairing can also be found in the new Ranger Raptor. While the Raptor impressed us immensely, the engine combo did not. However, this same engine is ideally suited to the Wildtrak model. Here is why:

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Padtoets: 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor

Vir vele stedelike inwoners is daar nie veel aanloklikheid rakende bakkies nie… en met goeie rede. Behalwe vir die duursame V6 bakkie hier en daar, is die natuur van hierdie tipe voertuig onprakties vir die stad. Breed, harde vering en ‘n tekort aan ‘n kattebak is maar net sekere van die probleme. Tot onlangs is die bakkie (of die “pickup” in Engels) gesien as ‘n voertuig vir die plaas en werkverrigting. Die klem word ergter hier geplaas op ‘tot onlangs’…

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Ford Ranger FX4

Second time around…

About a year ago, when the Western Cape was still cold and had relative water sources left, we took the Ranger FX4 3.2 Automatic on a camping excursion in the freezing Cederberg mountains. Proving an excellent mixture between a bakkie (workhorse) and a luxurious SUV, the FX4 took us through some of the toughest terrains.

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Tested: Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT FX4 (Limited Edition) 6-spd AT

Working around stereotypes

Hearing the word “bakkie” or “utility vehicle” immediately brings certain stereotypical thoughts to mind. Bakkies have always been seen as the business workhorse, mainly being used for carrying or towing large weights. Yet, within recent years, that stereotype may have been put to rest as more and more manufacturers are trying their hand at changing this perception.

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Top 5: Cars of the Year 2016

So here’s something different. Each year we list our favourite new cars which were launched over the last 12 months but this time around, instead of us telling you which ones we liked, our Facebook page invited YOU to vote your favourite new ride of 2016.

The list of candidates was chosen from the launches we attended or vehicles we thought were brilliant newcomers and worthy of being included in this line-up.

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Padtoets: Ford se Ranger 3.2 TDCI Wildtrak 4×4

Ford se Wildtrak beїndruk en rig ‘n sterk uitdaging aan sy mededingers

Suid-Afrika is nou maar eenmaal ‘n land van bakkies wat lankal nie meer net gemik is op ‘n kopersmark van boere nie, maar ook op die stedelike en plattelandse koper wat ‘n multi-funksionele en ‘n veeldoelige voertuig teen ‘n bekostigbare prys soek.

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Top 5: Tow Vehicles

So it’s finally holiday time and you’re off to the coast with your boat to visit the in-laws. Or perhaps your daughter got a new horse for Christmas? In both cases you have our sympathy.

Jokes aside though, here’s our little list of cars that can tow big loads, arranged by number of models and total weight. Please note that we based this list on manufacturer’s figures and advise that you confirm any data with your local retailer.

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