Another month, another limited-edition Ford Ranger, it seems, and Ford South Africa has no intention of slowing down the pace as it aims to keep the current bakkie range fresh in the lead-up to next year’s all-new Ranger. The latest edition to join the family is called the Ranger Stormtrak, and it’s set to reach South African showrooms late in the third quarter of this year, with pricing to be announced nearer to the time.
Like the Thunder edition, the Ranger Stormtrak is based on the Wildtrak derivative, meaning that it will aim to bridge the gap between the latter and the hardcore Raptor variant. Setting the new edition apart is a black mesh front grille with red inserts as well as a black insert in the lower bumper, black decals on the bonnet and doors, black roof rails and gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels. You’ll also find 3D-style ‘Stormtrak’ logos on the lower front doors as well as on the tailgate.
While the Ranger Stormtrack can be ordered in Sea Grey, Frozen White and Blue Lightning exterior colours, you’re probably going to want the exclusive new hue called Lucid Red.
But there’s more to this new edition than just being flashy, as Ford has also added some practical features, such as a load bed divider kit, a drop-in bedliner, 12-volt external socket and a Power Roller Shutter.
Power comes from Ford’s flagship 2,0-litre twin-turbo diesel unit, producing 157 kW and 500 N.m, and paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
On the inside, the Ranger Stormtrak is distinguished by illuminated scuff plates, leather seats with the Stormtrak logo and red contrast stitching, which also appears on the dashboard, steering wheel and gear lever. Standard features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Alert, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Alert, Parallel Park Assist and a Sync3 infotainment system with built-in navigation and the FordPass remote access functionality.
Watch this space for pricing when it becomes available.