South African Made Ranger Raptor specs for Europe revealed

Although several markets are expecting the Ford Ranger in 2019, the Ranger Raptor remains the talk of the town. An almost mini edition of the revered F-150 Ford Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is believed to be a more accessible version of the monster pick-up. Both Asia and Europe are expecting the release early next year. Asian specifications were long revealed through the European market’s specs have just been unveiled.

The Ford Ranger Raptor is available in diesel only and is set to have a whopping horsepower output of 210. We can expect 500 Nm of torque from the vehicle which is expected to cause a stir among bakkie lovers worldwide. There have been reports of a significant towing capacity of around 2500kg for the Ranger Raptor, proving that the vehicle is every bit as strong as it looks. At a figure of 28cm, the Raptor far surpasses the ground clearance of the regular Ford Ranger. The strong steel bash plate is 2cm thick; making sure the truck is ready for a great degree of high-speed, high-endurance duty. The Ford Ranger Raptor is also notably wider than the standard Ranger, with an extra 15cm for added stability.

On the tech side, the Ford Ranger Raptor has an exceptional terrain management system (hooray for Baja mode), ensuring the truck is ready for off-road pretty much all the time. The most standout feature is, of course, the sheer build of the vehicle. Fashioned on the F-150, the Ford Ranger Raptor is a vision. Its road presence is bound to have people excited. The launch color, Lightning Blue has been a visually stimulating lead, though we personally can’t wait to see this bad boy in Red.

The vehicle, which is the first of its kind manufactured in South Africa, is not scheduled for sale in the African market just yet. Ford Ranger enthusiasts can hope for the best as the market for pickup trucks strengthen in the region. Just last year the Ford Ranger was not only the second most purchased bakkie, but it was also the second most purchased vehicle in South Africa for 2017. The demand for vehicles of this caliber is expected to rise, making the likes of the Ford Ranger Raptor a fitting upgrade for the bakkie drivers among us.

Mini Makeover for Mazda’s CX-5 Line-up

A makeover may be a bit of a stretch but the popular Mazda SUV is set for a new entry in the middle of the range. A 2.0 Individual 4-wheel drive model is joining the local CX-5 family, bringing the line-up to an impressive 8 variants for the South African market. There is more on offer with this derivative, giving interested buyers an affordable option with a better spec package. In addition to the new entry, the existing 2.5l petrol engine CX5 Individual model is fitted with all-wheel-drive though this is accompanied with a price jump of around R40 000.

Mazda has seen considerable levels of growth over the past few years, particularly since its marriage with Ford ended in 2014. Investing in the domestic market after regaining its distribution rights for Southern Africa was the first step towards changing the South African view of Mazda. Since then the company has seen an increase in popularity and the sales figures are there to show for it. During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the company reflected its highest recorded vehicle sales since its independence. The likes of the CX-5 and Mazda 3 have been flagged as the biggest sellers, contributing to atleast half of the sales volume. The increasing demand for Sport Utility Vehicles means the CX-5 is probably going to be a smooth sailor for a while. Its striking design, competent mechanics and affordability set it apart from others in its class. The CX-5 is a gem that keeps increasing in value.

The Mazda CX-5 is available in three different trims, each with their own variations in terms of transmission and engine type. The entry level Active, mid-range Dynamic and range topping Individual make up the local range. The new entry may not be the top of the range vehicle but it is decked out with the luxury expected of an Individual derivative SUV. Standard features are plentiful across Individual models, offering a power tailgate, power adjustable front seats, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning and an impressive Bose 10 speaker sound system. These features are accompanied by the extensive range of standard CX-5 inclusions. Think cruise control, keyless start, a awesome infotainment system and auto headlights.

The Mazda CX-5 range includes 6-speed gearboxes in either manual or automatic. In terms of power, the figures stay the same. The naturally aspirated 2-l petrol engine produces around 121kW of power and 213Nm units of torque. Its 2.5l equivalent is slightly superior with 143kW of power and 258Nm of torque. The most torque is provided from the turbo-diesel engine however, which at 2.2l provides 140kW of power and a whopping 450Nm of torque.

Mazda’s CX-5 has already proved itself in our market and we imagine the range newbie be no exception to this.

The Latest Suzuki Swift in SA

The all new Suzuki Swift has just landed in South Africa. The fourth generation Suzuki Swift proves that it’s a much loved hatchback in the South African market and is able to compete against the likes of the Mazda 3 and the new Volkswagen Polo.

At an affordable starting price of R159000, the Suzuki Swift flaunts its value for money in almost every aspect of the car. The all new dash comes with an optional touchscreen that seamlessly connects to your Android or iPhone. The interior is relatively durable for a vehicle in its class.  The car handles effortlessly through corners and the improved model has added an element of excitement to the driving experience when compared to its predecessor. The response from the throttle is smoothly transferred from the accelerator to the tarmac through the same 1.2 litre engine found in the precious generation.

The exterior has had a major update with an all new grille and bumper giving the new Swift a more sturdy and aggressive look. The car is shorter, wider and has an attitude to match. The luggage space however, remains an issue. The boot space measures to about 204 litres in capacity (46 litres less than that of a Hyundai I10).

We all get attached to our daily drivers. Is the Suzuki Swift really the best car for zipping around in everyday? It may have an affordable price tag and an awesome entertainment system but is it a car you would be happy to get behind the wheel of everyday? Picture this. The New VW Polo and a Suzuki Swift at a stop light. Which one would you rather be in? The price of fuel is at the top of everyone’s mind when purchasing a car in this vehicle segment but the Swift makes up for this with its reasonable fuel consumption of 5.7l/100km.

Safety is always a major concern when purchasing a vehicle. The all new Suzuki prioritizes safety by means of 6 airbags that include dual front, side and curtain airbags. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate. Vehicles are awarded an ANCAP safety rating of between 1 to 5 stars indicating the level of safety they provide in the event of a crash. The ANCAP awarded the new Suzuki Swift 4 out of 5 stars for safety while the Polo was awarded 5 stars.

The new Suzuki is truly value for your money but there is still room for improvement before being considered the best in its class. We think they’re getting pretty close though, don’t you?