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All-new poweful Ford Ranger XLT and Wildtrak pickup trucks to be launched in Sarawak next month

by Venu Puthankattil, venu@theborneopost.com. Posted on March 27, 2012, Tuesday

NEW PICKUP KING: Teo (right) joins Sime Darby AutoConnexion Kuching sales staff in showing off the all-new 3.2-litre Ford Ranger Wildtrak which is slated to be launched on April 4 along with the Ford Ranger XLT automatic and manual variants.

KUCHING: Sime Darby AutoConnexion Sdn Bhd (Sime Darby AutoConnexion), the country’s distributor of Ford motor vehicles, is bringing in the latest additions to the Ford Ranger family of pickup trucks to Sarawak on April 4.

Sime Darby AutoConnexion Kuching branch sales manager Teo Yong Hua told The Borneo Post that the brand new trucks (XLT and Wildtrak), touted as the most technologically advanced, would be the most anticipated arrivals of the year with new robust features outdoing rival competitors in its category.

“The all-new Ford Ranger XLT with a 2.2-litre TDCi engine comes in two variants – automatic and manual transmissions while the automatic Wildtrak has a 3.2-litre TDCi engine. The engines provide superior performance, with the Wildtrak engine capable of 200PS and an impressive 470Nm of torque.

“Indeed, with a proven truck bed payload of 1,000 kilogrammes (kg) and towing capacity of 3,350kg, the sheer power of the truck will be one of the many highlights that will impress prospective truck buyers,” he opined.

Other salient features of the truck included a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capabilities, a remarkable water wading depth of 800 millimetres (mm) which was 40 per cent higher than its closest rival and a category-topping spacious rear diagonal legroom of 902mm, outdoing its biggest than its closest rival.

Additionally, the truck offered 23 innovative storage spaces to complement its spacious interior cabin, serving various needs and applications for a comfortable long distance drive.

With stylish rail guards, rain and speed sensing windshield wipers and hill launch assist, the pickup offered a locking rear differential, rugged front bumper, limited slip differential, adaptive load control (Wildtrak variants only) and a lockable tail gate to effectively conquer off-road terrains.

The interior was certainly plush with a wide array of features that made it akin to that of a luxury sedan: a sporty leather and fabric combination motif, dual zone electronic climate control with voice activation, cruise control, integrated control panel, reverse camera with mirror display and Bluetooth with voice control.

In addition to a disc playback system and radio, the sound system connectivity options offered comprehensive interface options with contemporary devices such as iPods, mobile smart phones and USB peripherals through six high output speakers.

In terms of safety, the truck had the distinguished honour of being the first mid-size pickup to receive a five-star European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) rating, with an ultra rigid safety cell, crash crumple zone and up to four safety airbags to protect its occupants.

Teo revealed that while the new pickup trucks were slated for official launching at the Hills Shopping Mall on April 4, they were open for bookings now. Official pricings would be announced on the same day.

For further information, visit Sime Darby AutoConnexion’s showroom at Lot 1096, Section 64 KTLD, Jalan Pending or call 082-348855.

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