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Ford Ranger goes mining

21 July 2014

Ford SA has introduced an XL-Plus version of its Ranger to its mining customers.

As mining is tough environment, the Ranger needed some serious exterior and interior upgrades.

External modifications and enhancements include a frame tested for an increased towing load of 3 500kg, an optional heavy duty front bumper, extruded aluminium side steps, front mud flaps, and a lockable fuel filler cap.

With airbags for both the driver and passenger, as well as side impact, curtain, and a driver-side knee airbag, Ranger XL-Plus also complies with the safety requirements determined by international mine operators.

Inside and under the skin, the Ranger XL-Plus gains a Crew Chief mounting bracket paired to an expanded wiring harness for accommodating more switches and circuits, a heavy duty second battery, vinyl floor covering, and heavy duty seat covers.

This mining model is available in three body styles with two chassis cab models in single and double cab variations, and a double cab model with a load box. Drive comes from the Duratorq 2.2-litre TDCi engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. All models have four-wheel drive and are fitted with an Electronic Locking Rear Differential.

Pricing starts at R319 900 for the single chassis cab, R334 900 for the double chassis cab and R379 900 for the double cab.