Much like the Thunder that preceded it, the Ford Ranger Stormtrak offers more kits and different looks for a modest extra expense when compared to the Wildtrak on which it is based. It maintains that one tonne payload of the truck as well, so unlike the sportier Ranger Raptor, it still qualifies as a commercial vehicle. This will definitely help Ranger maintain its number one position on the sales charts until the new models arrive in the new year.
While the new Ford Ranger has been revealed, we are still a long way from arriving at dealerships. The new high-performance Ranger Raptor with V6 turbo petrol is expected to arrive in the fall, but we’ll have to wait until early 2023 for a commercial version to be available at dealerships. Meanwhile, Ford is keeping current trucks fresh with special editions.
The latest to arrive is the Ranger Stormtrak, and if it looks familiar to you, it’s because it follows a template created about 12 months ago by Ranger Thunder. Ford has taken the top spec from the standard Ranger lineup, the Wildtrak, and given it a few upgrades to make it stand out. The main ones of which are red ‘nostrils’ added to the black grille, while gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted and there is an Ebony black finish for the mirror housings, door handles, front wing vents, rear bumper, skid. plate and roll hoop on the weight bed.
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Solid black stripes have also been added to the hood, while the biggest difference between the Thunder and Stormtrak is the colors available. Stormtrak comes in Frozen White as standard, or there’s a metallic option in the clear Blue Lightening [sic] for £600, or our Rapid Red car for £720. A large red Stormtrak logo on the doors and tailgate completes the look.
Inside, the Stormtrak is largely similar to the Thunder, and therefore the Wildtrak, with the addition of Stormtrak-branded leather upholstery, while red stitching is used everywhere from the seats and steering wheel to the dashboard. A glowing kick plate with red Ranger letters is also included.
All of this comes on top of the specs already seen on the Ranger Wildtrak, with heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Quickclear heated windshield, automatic headlights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and reverse camera. including.
Our car also features some neat additions. The Driver Assistance package costs £1,380 and includes adaptive cruise, automatic main beam and self-parking, while the £480 Trailer Tow package adds a ball hitch and power supply. One addition we definitely recommend is the £120 Cargo Management System, which adds four double-ended hooks on either side of the cargo area, which is ideal for tying things up to prevent slipping.
Any losses? Well, unlike some rivals, the Ranger’s tailgate isn’t damped, so it opens with a slam if you let go when it’s open, while the truck’s driving position isn’t the most tuned in these days. The high floor and low seats mean you can feel a little cramped behind the wheel, while the steering wheel only adjusts to sweep, not reach, though we wouldn’t call it uncomfortable.
Like the Ranger Wildtrak, the Stormtrak only comes with a higher 210bhp 2.0 EcoBlue twin-turbodiesel, which is now sold exclusively with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. There are no problems with the truck’s performance with this set-up, although there is a slight slow response from rest. Once you’re moving, the engine and gearbox react quickly, and with so many ratios to choose from, the Ranger is almost never out of bounds. There’s a maximum torque of 500Nm on offer, and the Ranger has plenty of traction for you to maximize its 3.5 tonne maximum towing limit.
Comfort is also quite good. Don’t expect the level of SUV refinement, as the Ranger’s rear suspension is still designed to handle a tonne of payload, but this truck is more than capable of going smoothly at most speeds. Big potholes and bumps will make the truck bounce and vibrate, but the Ranger is still the best new truck for sale in terms of passenger comfort.
The sacrifice will be invaluable for business users who need a work vehicle that can double as family transportation. While the Ranger Stormtrak’s £44,591 price tag would be steep for a private buyer, the tax savings it offers as a light commercial vehicle when compared to a similarly priced diesel SUV used as a company car would be worthwhile.
|Model:||Ford Ranger 2.0 EcoBlue 213PS Stormtrak automatic|
|Price:||£37,216 (Except VAT)|
|Machine:||2.0 liter 4 cylinder diesel|
|Transmission:||10-speed automatic, selectable four-wheel drive|