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 All-New Ranger Outperforms On 3,000 Km Drive Across South Africa Into Botswana

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PRETORIA, South Africa— When Stephen Brockwell discovered in early 2011 that the All-New Ford Ranger was going to be released in South Africa later in the year, he started planning a family camping holiday which was well worth the wait.
 
In December, Brockwell – a transformation specialist with Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa – took delivery of his new 2.2-litre, 4x4, 6-speed manual, Double Cab XL model Ranger, with canopy - just in time for a 3,000 kilometre drive through the top of South Africa into Botswana.
 
The Ranger's performance was super impressive. Brockwell was using the truck to tow a Conqueror 4x4 camping trailer weighing more than one ton, laden with food and drinks for two weeks, 150 litres of water in tanks, along with 120 litres of diesel.
 
"I was surprised at the power the engine produced whether on the open road or driving through 4x4 tracks in the bush," Brockwell said. Brockwell was not only looking for performance, however.
 
With his family on board – including two teenagers aged 16 and 18 – "comfort was our number one priority. The Ranger offered the rear seat passengers a lot more cabin space in all directions compared with the previous model, with leg room being the most important."
 
While comfort inside clearly satisfied, Brockwell also made sure he tested the Ranger's capabilities in almost all conditions. The trip took the family through approximately 400 kilometres of highway, 1,800 kilometres of sealed roads and potholes, and 800 kilometres of 4x4 tracks, with off-road conditions ranging from gravel to light sand, deep mud, and almost 150 water crossings.
 
"On the highway travelling at 140 km/h towing a heavy trailer you had to keep looking back to remind yourself you were actually towing something. On the potholed roads the large wheels and suspension absorbed the bumps brilliantly. On the off-road tracks the strength of the 4x4 Powertrain pulled us through the heavy sand and water holes with ease," Brockwell said.
 
They also did a steep hill climb in Savuti Marsh – in the Chobe National Park, a famous safari spot in Botswana – using low range 4x4 over large rocks, "which the Ranger passed with flying colours."
 
The fuel economy was also a standout – particularly as the Brockwell's were driving for six days without seeing a fuel station, and were in difficult conditions, constantly changing gears during off-road driving.
 
"We fully tested the suspension off road to its limits and the entire family commented on how smooth the ride was," he said.
 
The holiday was also during the harsh southern African summer, with outside temperatures at times reaching 38 degrees Celsius, but the air-conditioning ensured everyone kept cool – with the two teenagers even complaining it was too cold even when it was on low speed.
 
During the drive, they were also approached several times by other motorists asking questions about the Ranger, and asking "is that the new Toyota beater?"
 
"My expectations of the Ranger were high and I was not disappointed," Brockwell said.
 
 
 
 
A wildebeest crosses a dirt track shortly after the All-New Ranger drove by.
Stephen Brockwell tested the Ranger in a wide range of driving conditions.
   
Putting the Ranger to the test in some rugged terrain.
The Ranger had no trouble towing a camper trailer weighing more than one ton.
   

  

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1/17/2012 4:05 AM