Out on the Range (R) – Ford’s best selling pick-up in Stormtrak guise
There is no doubt about the prowess of the of the Ford Ranger when it comes to towing a caravan – Remember when it pulled 15 ‘vans in a row as part of a publicity campaign? No trouble or bother to it!
Ford knows how to maximise customer appeal with consistent modifications and upgrades to its model range. Particularly with its most successful Ranger line-up. As Europe’s best-selling pick-up truck, the selection of models available is increasing all of the time. Most recently, no less than four limited edition versions were introduced into the marketplace, such as the Raptor Special Edition, Stormtrak, Wolftrak and MS-RT, drawing from influences as diverse as the forestry and farming industries to the championship‑winning M‑Sport Ford World Rally Team. Both the Stormtrak and Wolftrak are offered in Single and Double Cab types, while the other two are the 4-door open back variants only.
This well enhanced additions features a variant of Ford’s powerful 2.0-litre 213 PS Bi-turbo EcoBlue diesel engine, with 10-speed automatic transmission, alongside four-wheel drive and features for comfort and practicality such as enhanced cabins, load bed dividers and protective roller shutters.
“Pick-ups have come a long way from just being workhorses – today, a pick-up can also enhance the lifestyle of our customers with their style and performance,” said Hans Schep, General Manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “Our new special editions raise the desirability of the Ranger line-up to a new level, adding exclusive design touches to Ranger’s proven practicality and off-road ability.”
Rapid Red paint work and exclusive red grille inserts create a unique and bold look, supported by three dimensional badging, black sport decals, black rear bumper and sports hoop not to mention the black alloys. Frozen White and Blue Lightning paint options are also available. Generous standard equipment includes LED headlights, rugged underbody protection, a bedliner and load divider, and remote-operated Power Roller Shutter for greater convenience and practicality. Ranger Stormtrak’s interior features leather seats, with embroidered Stormtrak logos and special red stitching.
“Ranger Stormtrak offers head-turning style, premium interior and range-topping powertrain to support customers’ active outdoor lifestyles, while rugged off-road performance helps it comfortably take owners far off the beaten track for work and fun”
With its sure-footed 4×4 system, which includes electronic shift-on-the-fly enables the driver to change from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive at the flick of a switch, there’s more capability for work or play, on-road or off-road. There’s even an easy-lift tailgate that reduces the effort required to access the load bed.
Once the door is opened, illuminated ‘Ranger’ scuff plates welcomes the front seat occupants, while the sporty, leather wrapped steering wheel provides cruise control, remote audio controls and the ability to make and take hands-free calls using the voice controlled Ford SYNC 3 system, which also covers DAB radio, TMC, USB, AUX connection and SD Slot for external music devices.
The driveability of the Ranger is never questioned and with the new drivetrain, as in the 2.0 twin-turbo diesel and new 10-speed auto box are well matched, working in harmony superbly together. There is no doubt that the Stormtrak has a significant presence, certainly an eye-catcher. When towing a caravan, it’s a dream, smooth power, comfy when cruising and thanks to the wide angle exterior mirrors offer great all round visibility – without the need for extentions to same.
Make/Model: Ford Ranger Stormtrak
Cab type: Double cab pick-up 4×4
Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder in-line Bi-Turbo Euro 6D DOHC
Power: 213PS/157kW @3,500 rpm
Torque (max): 500Nm @1,750-2,500 rpm
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Emissions: 201 g/km (WLTP)
Payload (max): 1024 kg
Kerb weight: 2246 kg
Towing mass: 3,500 kg
Overall length: 5282 mm
Overall width: 2163 mm
Overall height: 1848 mm
Wheelbase: 3220 mm
Ground clearance: 232-237 mm
Wading depth: 800 mm
Width: 1560 mm
Length: 1783 mm
Depth: 511-514 mm
Loading height: 835 mm
Price: From €52,092
Standard features include:
■ 18″ Black alloy wheels with 265/60 R18 all-season tyres
■ Power roller shutter offering improved usability as well as increased security and protection from the elements
■ Pick-up bed liner with load bed divider that helps to separate cargo and prevent items from sliding around