I love road trips, site seeing and big cars. And thanks to Ford I had all of that in one day. Ford invited a bunch of journalist to test drive their new Ford Ranger on the beautiful terrains of Mpumalanga.
When you are inside the Ranger you forget about its size and it feels like you are in a Sudan. The two gear levers that I’d always see in other bakkies are not there. You have one lever and when you want to do the off road fancy stuff, there is an electronically controlled transfer case where you can change from a 4x2 to 4x4 anytime via a little knob. Gone are the days when these bakkies looked mechanical and unsexy inside.
We arrived at our first location for an off-road experience. I’m all keen for a challenge but what I’ve seen as “off-road” driving was not something I was ready to do on my lone-some self. Luckily they had experienced off road drivers ready to show us some tricks. And some tricks it performed. At some point we were going up a very steep hill.
You can just press on Decent Control when going down a steep hill and the car takes control. You let go of all pedals and this bull of a car shows you why it’s not just an average car.
In terms of safety, the Ranger’s muscular, bold architecture is not only for its sexy appeal but safety as well. It’s built in such a way that should you decide to bull-doze a pedestrian the impact won’t be as severe. The hood will absorb the impact of the head. And the airbags react faster. In terms of space; there is plenty. The back seat has plenty of leg room and comfortability. Oh and the glove box is big enough to fit a 15inch laptop. I like!
It was great. I will not divulge further what happens when a bunch of journalist are fed and provided with a very open bar. The next morning, driving back to the airport in the 2.2xls Double Cab was…well a burden, nothing to do with the car but everything to do with the night before.
Thanks to Ford SA for some of the pics on this Blog! Whoop whoop!