Ford enhances Ranger with rugged editions
Ford has added two new limited editions to its Ranger pickup line-up, called the Stormtrak and the Wolftrak.
The Stormtrak provides premium features and looks, while the Wolftrak adds some rugged equipment.
The Stormtrak (the red truck pictured) is based on the Ranger Wildtrak and adds comfort and visual equipment including a bespoke ‘Rapid Red’ paint, a black rear bumper and sports hoop. It also comes with a powered loadbay cover and a bedliner as standard. Despite this, it still offers the same 1000kg payload.
Inside, it gets Stormtrak seats with the same leather covering as the Ranger Raptor’s, Stormtrak logos and red stitching. It will be available as a Double Cab or Super Cab and comes with the range-topping 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 213hp and 500Nm of torque. This is linked to a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The Wolftrak (the grey truck pictured) gets an electronically locking rear differential, low-range four-wheel drive and all-terrain tyres. The visual elements include black 17-inch alloy wheels and a ‘long-leg’ tubular sports bar that aids accessory fitment in the rear. Inside it gets all-weather mats, plus an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen. It has the 170hp 2.0-litre diesel and a choice between the six-speed manual and the 10-speed auto.
The Wolftrak is set to start at around £28,000 and will be limited to 350 units in the UK while the Stormtrak will start at about £35,000 (not including VAT) and will be limited to 1050. They are due to arrive in October.
PHEVs pulling company drivers to JLR
Jaguar Land Rover is experiencing an increase in demand from company drivers thanks to the introduction of a number of plug-in hybrid models, including the Jaguar E-Pace and F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, according to the company’s fleet boss Andrew Jago.
“We’re seeing that we are able to access new fleets,” he told Company Car Today. “A number of fleets have been keen to offer something different to the ubiquitous German three, which is fuelling our growth. We’re working with a lot of people who want to drive JLR brands.”
Jago said the combination of delayed BiK announcements from October 2019 to March 2020, at which time the pandemic was well underway, followed by Brexit uncertainty, have combined to delay fleet decision making, but the pent-up demand is starting to be released.
LEVC pairs with Sortimo
LEVC has announced Sortimo as an official conversion partner for its VN5 range-extender van. Sortimo’s SR5 shelving system has been designed to fit the VN5 and the van has been added to Sortimo’s online configurator so that get a visual indicator of how their converted vehicle will look. Other solutions including folding racking, drawers, roof racks and load boxes are all offered too.
“It is extremely important that we can offer VN5 customers flexible, bespoke solutions to meet their individual needs,” said LEVC CEO Joerg Hoffman. “Sortimo will play a vital role in ensuring we can offer high quality racking solutions that will make VN5 even more versatile and accessible to a wider range of markets.”