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RENAULT MÉGANE HATCHBACK WITH E-TECH PLUG-IN HYBRID

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Renault is strengthening its electrified vehicle offering in Ireland with the announcement of the Renault Mégane Hatch E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid, the new five-door model complementing the Sports Tourer version that is already available with the advanced powertrain.  The Mégane Hatch E-TechPlug-In Hybrid combines generous performance with incredible efficiency and low running costs, while customers can avail of SEAI grant support to the tune of €600 towards installation of a home charging point.

The Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid is in Renault dealerships today and customers can choose from two well-equipped trim levels – the Iconic E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto and the sporty R.S. Line E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto. Both versions feature an efficient 1.6-litre petrol engine complemented by two electric motors, resulting in combined fuel economy of 1.2l/100km (WLTP) and CO2 emissions of only 28g/km (WLTP). An electric-only range of 50km means many drivers’ regular daily journeys can be covered without resorting to petrol power, while the efficient hybrid powertrain offers the ability to cover longer distances without the need to recharge.

Efficiency isn’t to the detriment of performance either, the 160hp drivetrain enabling a 0-100km/h time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 182km/h. The new hybrid is more powerful than any other Mégane, with the exception of the incredible RS and Trophy versions, while also offering favourable Total Cost of Ownership arguments.

Both trim levels feature an extensive standard specification, which includes an electronic parking brake, front and rear electric windows, cruise control with speed limiter, 10-inch TFT driver’s display, Eco Mode, EV mode button, MULTI-SENSE with three driving modes and eight ambient lighting colours, and a hands-free key card.

Standard safety equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, Hill Start Assist and the Visio System that incorporates lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high/low beam.

The Iconic trim level stands out with such features as 16-inch ‘Impulse’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, and frameless rear-view mirror. Its EASYLINK navigation system ensures customers are well connected with two USB ports, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that are accessible through its 7-inch touchscreen.

The R.S. Line version gains exclusive body-coloured R.S. Line bumpers, 17-inch ‘Monthlery’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, and an R.S. leather steering wheel. Safety is further enhanced with the fitment of the Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), rear parking camera and hands-free parking, while the EASYLINK navigation system has a larger 9.3-inch touchscreen.

Customers will be able to further personalise their Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid with options such as the Signature Pack, which adds adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping Assistance, E-Call, BOSE audio and a luxurious leather interior.

The Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid uses the same technology that debuted on the Captur E-Tech hybrid, which was engineered with input from the Alpine F1 team. It combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 9.8kW lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, together with the automatic, multi-mode dog gearbox that features in all other E-Tech models. In operation, it starts the vehicle in 100 per cent electric mode, significantly reducing the gap in acceleration during gear changes. This means a smoother, more refined drive plus better performance.

The hybrid powertrain’s efficiency allows significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2emissions. Battery charging on a home charging point takes as little as 3 hours at 3.6kW, while the included domestic cable enables charging from a 3-pin plug.  In addition, the hybrid powertrain is designed to use the optimal energy output to recharge the battery whenever the energy created is more than the required power. Then, kinetic energy recovered during deceleration or braking can be transformed into electrical energy to recharge the battery.

When combined with the other hybrid and 100 per cent electric vehicles in the Renault passenger car range, the addition of the Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid means Renault now offers an electrified option to suit everyone. 

Irish Supercharging Update

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Tesla owners can now charge at our new Irish Supercharger location at Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork. The site hosts four 250kW Supercharger stalls, which are open 24 hours a day, supporting owners who travel in and around Cork or wish to explore wider area. Cork is Ireland’s fifth Supercharger location with a total of 34 Superchargers now available to Tesla drivers travelling the country.

Cork is the first location in Ireland with latest V3 Superchargers. With V3 Supercharging, a Model 3 Long Range operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 120 km of charge in five minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,600 km per hour. Owners use the Tesla app to monitor, control and get notifications when charging is complete.

Despite most electric vehicle charging taking place at home, the Tesla Supercharger network encourages owners to explore. Supercharger stations are conveniently located near amenities like restaurants and shops. Each station contains multiple Superchargers to get drivers back on the road quickly. There are also over 50 Destination Charging locations around Ireland at hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. Charge for a few hours or overnight for the convenience of home charging while out and about.

The ongoing expansion of the Supercharger network will ensure that Tesla drivers are able to charge their vehicles quickly, seamlessly and reliably. Future plans show Superchargers continuing to expand, allowing owners to travel even further with the freedom of Supercharging. See Tesla’s Supercharger map and Go Anywhere Trip Planner to explore where Supercharging and Destination Charging can take you. For more on Supercharging, visit our Irish website here

Cork Superchargers at a glance

Address: Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Link Road, Mahon, Cork, T12 X7HK

Supercharging opening hours: 24/7

Shopping centre opening hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 9:30am – 7:00pm

Thursday to Friday: 9:30am – 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 11am – 6:00pm

BAZ RETAINS MERCEDES-BENZ SUPPORT

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Once again, the popular TV presenter will retain the backing of Mercedes-Benz after its commercial vehicle division confirmed their continued support for the forthcoming series, produced by Dublin-based Motive Television and screened on RTÉ ONE.

As with the first season, which aired last Autumn, Mercedes-Benz will continue to supply the production team with two vans for the duration of filming – a Vito 109L and a Sprinter 311.39.

Throughout the show, both units will be put through their paces transporting building materials, site volunteers, trades people, filming equipment and production team personnel.

Describing the series as ‘a hugely worthy undertaking,’ Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales manager, Fergus Conheady said: “DIY SOS is a project we are proud to support and one that will bring great benefit to those who most need it”.

Toyota Supra GR

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It’s seventeen years since the last new Toyota Supra graced Irish roads. Other sports-coupes like the Celica and MR2 also disappeared but thanks to a much-publicised joint venture with BMW, the Toyota Supra is back, this time as an A90-generation and wearing a ‘GR’ badge for Gazoo Racing destined to grace a bunch of future sporting Toyota models. There was a lot riding on this Supra’s shoulders to help revive Toyota’s reputation for making great performance cars and we take a closer look at how it did.

This car came from development-sharing and the Supra coupe and BMW Z4 roadster needed each other to see the light of day. Manufactured in the same Magna Steyr factory in Austria, the Toyota and BMW share many structural hard points, including wheelbase length (2470mm), A-pillar and windscreen placement, the location of the front-mid-mounted engine and where the fuel tank sits. The flagship models also share drivetrains – BMW’s revered 3.0-litre single-turbo straight six tied to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission – which neatly maintains Toyota’s heritage in building straight-six Supra’s.

The Supra’s single turbo straight-six makes a healthy 335hp and 369Ib ft of torque over a wide band of revs and 500Nm of torque from 1600-4500rpm. That means you don’t have to rev it very hard for it to feel muscular, although you probably will anyway just to hear its pleasing engine note as it nears the redline.

The Supra is quick enough to blast from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds. That’s quicker than BMW’s equivalent and isn’t too far shy of what AMG’s rear-drive V8s are capable of. Numbers are one thing but it’s the feeling that matters. On the road, the Supra’s dynamic balance is neutral and confidence-inspiring for a fantastic corner entry and exit. And then there’s that superb BMW-developed, Toyota-tuned engine, which has so much power and so many ratios that you never feel short-changed. The ZF auto is near-faultless in its shift intuitiveness and smoothness and the Supra is a seriously quick car. You can really feel the short wheelbase in corners as the Supra pivots into place, with satisfying playfulness and character. 

Leaving the suspension in Normal mode allows the Supra to breathe with the road. Its body control remains taut yet it dispatches scarred surfaces with a suppleness that perfectly suits the turbo six’s torque delivery. In this sort of environment, Sport mode introduces too much vertical movement as the Supra pitches and reacts to lumps that Normal damping would smooth over. Overall it delivers a hugely accomplished and rapid car that is both suave and satisfying.

BMW switchgear abounds inside the Supra, though that’s a good thing. Toyota should be delighted that its instrumentation is excellent in both design and clarity. Likewise the Supra’s excellent steering wheel with intelligently sized wheel-rim thickness and thumb placement. And with a rear opening revealing a 290-litre boot, the Supra is relatively practical too, despite its small door pockets and fairly minimal cabin storage.

Buyers of the Toyota Supra in Ireland will have the choice of two versions, starting with the GR Spec that will cost €81,260. With this, you get most of the main features that include LED Adaptive headlights with daytime running lights, a black Alcantara interior with an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, memory function and heated front seats. Auto folding door mirrors, keyless entry and engine start is joined by an 8.8-inch infotainment display with satnav and Apple CarPlay.

If you’re after some more upmarket equipment, the Supra GR Premium grade, at €84,335, adds leather upholstery, a 12-speaker JBL Audio system, ambient lighting, a head-up display and a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphone devices.

All models come with a suite of safety and driver assistance systems that include adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, road sign recognition, rear-cross traffic alert, intelligent park assist with auto braking and a pop-up bonnet with active pedestrian detection.

Conclusion

Regardless of what you think of the styling as some people not sure about it, I can assure you it looks way better in the flesh. The new Supra is on the money. It’s comfortable, accessible and relatively affordable for what you are getting, as well as fast and fun. If Toyota can keep the momentum rolling with even more powerful models and alternative transmission choices, then the A90 Supra will truly be the halo product Toyota wants it to be for its fun-to-drive future. If the Supra is out of your price range we are hoping to review the new GR Yaris in the weeks ahead.

THE ELECTRIC ŠKODA ENYAQ iV AVAILABLE TO TEST DRIVE

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ŠKODA Ireland are delighted to announce that their first fully electric vehicle the ŠKODA iV has arrived in Irish showrooms. Priced from €37,465 inclusive of grants and rebates, the entry ENYAQ 60 has a WLTP range of up to 412 km. The ENYAQ 80 has enhanced equipment levels with a WLTP range of up to 535 km and is priced from €44,712. The ENYAQ iV is offered exclusively with a service and maintenance package including replacement tyres.  

ŠKODA have placed particular focus on the charging experience. 80% of ENYAQ iV charging is expected to occur at home. Customers can complement their ENYAQ iV with a ŠKODA iV Charger wall box unit installed by ŠKODA’s professional and safe registered electrical contractors. The ŠKODA iV Charger can charge an ENYAQ 60 from 0% to 100% in just 6 hours and 15 minutes (eight times faster than a regular plug socket).

Inevitably the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV will need to be charged when away from home. For this ŠKODA have launched PowerPass.  PowerPass is a clever solution for accessing the public charging network. A mobile app and card enables customers to locate and access more than 1,667 charging points across Ireland, including the ESB network. It also provides some of the most competitive rates for IONITY DC fast charging. PowerPass knows if charge points are available or occupied and provides access to charging points in Northern Ireland, GB and the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the ENYAQ iV, Ciara Breen, ŠKODA Ireland said, “We are thrilled with the successful launch of our first fully electric vehicle here in Ireland. The ŠKODA brand has tremendous momentum in Ireland recording annual market share of 9% for the first time ever with a third place ranking in the market looking very achievable in 2022.  We are confident the new ENYAQ will fuel further success for the brand. Availability will improve next year with 1,200 ENYAQ iV secured for Ireland. Demand is still expected to be high and to avoid disappointment we would encourage interested customers to consider their electric future today and contact their local ŠKODA dealer”

ŠKODA have also indicated that a SportLine version and an all-wheel drive 80x version, will be launched in 2022 with prices and specifications to be confirmed at a later date.

Six of the world’s ten most successful electric vehicle manufacturers rely on Continental tyres

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Continental is expanding its market share in the tyre segment for fully electric vehicles. In 2020, six of the world’s ten highest-volume manufacturers of electric vehicles relied on the high technological expertise of the premium tyre manufacturer for their original equipment. These included Tesla with its Model 3 and Model S and Volkswagen with the ID.3. Also Asian manufacturers, for example BYD, one of China’s largest car producers, rely on Continental tyres as original equipment for their electric vehicles. This underpins the product strategy and quality of the company’s products in the electromobility segment.

“Fully electric models are now available from almost all car segments, from cabin scooters, small and mid-size cars to SUVs and high-performance sports cars. Individual tyre configurations are required for each vehicle type,” says Andreas Schlenke, tyre developer at Continental. “This means there isn’t just one tyre for all fully electric vehicles. In fact, we have already been working for over a decade on developing our existing portfolio so that they meet the requirements of all electric vehicles and, at the same time, are able to sustainably reduce emissions from combustion vehicles as well. Meanwhile, almost our entire range of tyres is optimised for all drive types and the majority of our products can be found on electric vehicles today.” For those electric vehicles that are not already equipped with Continental tyres from the factory, the manufacturer now has the equivalent summer, winter or all-season tyre in its portfolio for almost every model.

Tyres from the entire Continental product portfolio in use

According to investigations by Continental, tyres account for up to 20 percent of the total resistance faced by a vehicle. Consequently, customers can gain additional range thanks to tyres with optimised rolling resistance. Low rolling resistance tyres are therefore in particular demand for electric cars that focus on efficient driving. In this case, many manufacturers rely on the EcoContact 6, in which Continental uses the Green Chili 2.0 rubber compound. The special compound of natural rubber and other components shows significantly improved behaviour during mechanical deformation. This results in lower rolling resistance and therefore lower energy consumption.

When developing the EcoContact 6, Continental was able to reduce rolling resistance by 15 percent compared with its predecessor.

Suppliers of medium and high-priced vehicles place other demands on the choice of tyres. Handling, steering precision and safety at high speeds are more important here. Corresponding manufacturers have opted for tyres from the PremiumContact or SportContact series. With the PremiumContact 6, Continental offers a balance between efficiency, sportiness and comfort. The SportContact 6 on the other hand is a tyre for the high-performance segment with a focus on handling, steering precision, stability, grip and braking performance.

“The development of tyres is always a technical conflict of objectives,” explains Schlenke. “For example, a high rolling resistance can result in greater safety, but also higher energy consumption. Therein lies the skill of our engineers to improve both attributes at the same time.”

The engine noise is no longer present, so electric car drivers attach greater importance to low rolling noise. Manufacturers of high-end vehicles with a high level of comfort therefore also use ContiSilent technology when it comes to their choice of tyres. A special foam layer absorbs the vibrations of the road which reduces the transmission of noise into the vehicle interior. This is particularly important for electric vehicles, as there is no engine noise and the electric motor runs very quietly. 

Ford Mustang Mach 1 has touched down

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First deliveries of the new Ford Mustang Mach 1 – the most track-focused Mustang ever offered to customers in Europe – are now underway, Ford today announced.

Enhancing the powerful performance of the world’s best-selling sports car with a specially-calibrated 460 PS 5.0-litre V8 engine 1 and unique transmission specifications, Mustang Mach 1 also introduces bespoke aerodynamics and new performance component cooling systems for greater agility and consistent on-track performance.

Mustang Mach 1 delivers 0-100 km/h acceleration in 4.4 seconds and increases downforce by 22 per cent compared with Mustang GT for enhanced cornering capability and high-speed stability. Introducing the iconic Mach 1 moniker to the region for the first time, the limited-edition model also delivers race-derived styling, specification and detailing for performance car fans.

“There’s a reason Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car, but the Mach 1 is going to elevate Mustang to another level in the hearts of performance car fans on this side of the Atlantic,” said Matthias Tonn, Mustang Mach 1 chief programme engineer for Europe. “Road or track, this is the most capable Mustang ever to reach Europe and is more than worthy of carrying the legendary Mach 1 badge.”

Thoroughbred performance

Specially tuned for a “reward-to-rev” character that makes the Mustang driving experience more satisfying than ever, Mustang Mach 1’s all-aluminium Ford V8 engine combines a high-performance Open Air Induction System, intake manifold and 87 mm throttle bodies with low-pressure port fuel injection and high-pressure direct fuel injection for 460 PS power at 7,250 rpm and 529 Nm torque at 4,900 rpm.

Sustained performance driving is supported by an auxiliary engine oil-cooler and a new engine oil filter adaptor to ensure optimum oil flow and consistent performance on track.

Mustang Mach 1 customers have a choice of high-strength, high-precision transmissions designed to comfortably manage high-rpm gear-shifts. Offered for the first time in Europe on a production Mustang, the TREMEC six-speed manual gearbox features a robust twin-disc clutch and short-throw shifter, while aggressive upshifts and downshifts are made smoother, more precise and easier to perform with rev-matching technology and flat shift capability. Also available is Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic gearbox, featuring an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration.

Both transmissions benefit from a dedicated oil cooler, rear axle cooling system and limited slip differential for consistently optimised transfer of torque to the road. The 10-speed automatic also features a second air-to-oil cooler – increasing cooling capacity by a further 75 per cent.

Aerodynamic enhancements include new two-piece upper as well as lower and side grilles for improved cooling, and a new front splitter, undertray, single-deck rear spoiler and performance rear diffuser for optimised downforce and aero balance. The lengthened undertray also uses dedicated fins to direct cooling air to the brakes, which themselves feature a higher specification brake booster for consistently responsive braking performance. Six-piston BremboTM brake callipers support 100-0 km/h stopping distances of less than 32 metres.

Combining with enhanced aerodynamics to deliver Mustang’s sharpest directional changes and most agile responses in Europe to-date, electric power-assisted steering, electronically-controlled MagneRide® 2 adjustable suspension, and stiffer front springs and anti-roll bars are all uniquely tuned for Mustang Mach 1.

The suspension architecture is configured to mitigate squat, dive and lift under hard acceleration and braking, and includes subframes and toe-link components proven in Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 models. Unique five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels are 0.5 inches wider front and rear, and fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres for outstanding grip on road and track.

Further enhancing the performance driving experience, Mustang Mach 1 continues to deliver Mustang selectable Drive Modes including Sport and Track modes, 3 with Track Apps 3 enabling drivers to deploy accelerometer, acceleration timers and Launch Control 4 features – viewed in the standard 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster.

Ford Kuga SUV

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Ford’s Kuga has certainly sharpened up its act in this third-generation guise. It has evolved into a more credible mid-sized SUV that benefits from an improved engine range that includes both plug-in and mild hybrid electrified options. There’s also sharper styling, a much-improved interior and extra technology.

This third generation Kuga is a significantly bigger SUV than its predecessor. It’s 44mm wider and 89mm longer than the outgoing model, while the wheelbase has increased by 20mm. This is thanks to a new C2 platform that allows for a wheelbase increase of 20mm and has allowed this Ford to become one of the bigger SUVs in the mid-sized sector, freeing up space for the brand’s new Puma crossover to fit in between this Kuga and Ford’s entry-level EcoSport SUV.

Inside, the exterior size upgrades translate into 43mm more shoulder room and 5mm more hip room in the front seats than the outgoing model, while rear passengers benefit from 20mm more shoulder room and 36mm more hip room. Despite an overall height that is 20mm lower than the outgoing model, this third generation Kuga also has 13mm more headroom for front seat occupants and 35mm more in the rear.

For rear seat passengers, heated outer seats are available for the first time, and the entire second row of seats can be moved backwards for best-in-class 1,035mm rear legroom, or forwards to increase boot space by 67-litres. A remote release function enables the second row to be folded flat with ease. At the wheel, it’s much as it would be in a Focus hatch, with the usual 8-inch centre-dash SYNC 3 infotainment touchscreen. Higher-spec Kuga variants though, differ from their Focus counterparts in their provision of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Whichever Kuga you choose from the lineup you’ll enjoy the driving experience. The sharp steering, plentiful grip and decent performance mean that it’s enjoyable to drive on country roads. Good visibility and a decent turning circle make it simple work in town, too, while it’ll prove comfy and quiet on the motorway. On back roads it was generally a comfortable drive and most bumps were absorbed without any fuss. 

All New Kuga in Ireland

New Kuga in Ireland is available in four series: Titanium, ST-Line, ST-Line X and Vignale.

Spec detail is as follows:

Titanium: 17” alloy wheels (18” for PHEV); LED daytime running lamps; halogen projector headlamps; heated and power-fold mirrors with puddle lamps; rear spoiler; twin exhausts; keyless start and entry; leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob; auto dimming rear view mirror; front scuff plates; 4.2” TFT coloured instrument cluster; SYNC with DAB audio system, 6 speakers and Navigation; FordPass Connect embedded modem; pre-collision assist and AEB; lane keeping aid with lane departure warning; intelligent speed assist.

ST-Line adds: 18” rock metallic alloy wheels; front LED fog lights with front cornering; black roof rails; ST-Line full body styling kit – (front and rear fascia and bumper design; rear painted diffuser; front painted skid plate; dark mesh upper grille); large rear spoiler; red brake calipers; flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching; alloy pedals; ST-Line sport seats in cloth; full digital 12.3” instrument cluster.

ST-Line X adds: full HED headlamps; headlamp control, automatic high/low beam; B&O premium audio system (10 speakers and subwoofer); driver impairment warning.

Vignale adds: 19” liquid aluminium alloy wheels; full LED quad projector headlamps with glare-free; Vignale body styling kit; Vignale rear diffuser; memory functionality with door mirrors; hands-free tailgate; Vignale premium leather steering wheel and gear knob; leather-wrapped instrument panel; Vignale scuff plates; full Vignale leather seat trim; heated passenger and driver seats; active park assist; heads up display.

The all-new third generation Kuga, available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time and a trusty diesel, with a regular hybrid to join the Kuga range in 2021. The Kuga diesel is available from €34,581, while the Kuga plug-in hybrid is available from €43,017. The ST-Line is the pick of the range from €36,723. The entry level Titanium model is priced from €33,358.

Conclusion

This latest generation of the Kuga has improved in diesel efficiency, media connectivity, safety spec and styling. The Kuga needed wider appeal if it was to push itself up-market and this third generation re-design looks to have provided just that. Other crossovers still make more of a style statement in this class, but this Ford now has considerably greater showroom appeal and is a fantastic overall package. 

Model tested: Ford Kuga 1.5 EcoBlue ST-Line X
Price: €39,134 (Range starts at €34,581)

Engine: 1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 120 hpTorque: 300 Nm
0-100km/h:  11.7 seconds

Top speed: 180 km/h
Economy (WLTP): 5.1l/100km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 127 g/km
Motor tax: €200 per year

Ford Adds Exclusive New Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak Limited Editions to Europe’s Best-Selling Pick-up Range

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Ford Adds Exclusive New Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak Limited Editions to Europe’s Best-Selling Pick-up Range

Ford today revealed the new Ranger Stormtrak and Ranger Wolftrak – two exciting, limited-edition models building on the style and capability of the company’s award-winning pick-up.

Ranger Stormtrak is a premium truck offering distinctive styling and premium features for customers that value outstanding capability and a generous specification to support their active work and lifestyle needs. Ranger Wolftrak is an intrepid, rugged pick-up designed around the needs of customers who work outdoors and desire commanding off-road performance without compromising comfort and desirability.

“Customers love the bold style and tough capability of our Ranger pick-up, so we’ve developed the new Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited edition models to offer even more of both,” said John Manning of Ford Ireland. “Stormtrak combines striking looks with added luxury touches and features for active lifestyles, while Wolftrak’s rugged off-road performance helps it comfortably take owners far off the beaten track for work and fun.” 

“The Ford Ranger has grown in popularity in Ireland year-on-year to the point where it is now the top-selling vehicle in its segment.  Already for 2021, we have sold 304 Ranger units here, more than double the number of our nearest competitor and 55 percent of the total number sold from this segment.  The arrival of the exciting new Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak models will help to cement that leadership position for the nameplate in Ireland.”

The new Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited editions will arrive in dealerships across Europe from October this year, adding further breadth to Ford’s award-winning line‑up of Ranger variants for a wide range of customers, including the thrilling Ranger Raptor, rally-inspired Ranger MS-RT and recently-announced Ranger chassis cab.

Ford is also introducing a desirable new Power Roller Shutter option for Ranger Wildtrak double cab, which is specified as standard on Ranger Stormtrak .

New Stormtrak is a force of nature

Based on the premium Ranger Wildtrak series, the new Ranger Stormtrak delivers even higher specification with further enhanced comfort features and unique finishes. A limited run of vehicles will be built to ensure exclusivity, available as Double Cab for spacious rear seating or Super Cab for increased load area.

All Ranger Stormtrak models are equipped with Ford’s range-topping Bi-turbo 213 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine developing 500 Nm of torque for outstanding pulling power. 1 A standard selectable four-wheel drive system offers confident off-road performance, while the advanced 10‑speed automatic gearbox delivers a smooth, effortless driving experience.

Striking Rapid Red paint is unique to Ranger Stormtrak, complementing the exclusive red grille insert that contributes to the muscular front styling. LED headlights also feature, and rugged underbody protection as standard delivers serious road presence. Frozen White and Blue Lightning paint options are also available. Ranger Stormtrak’s powerful look is enhanced by exclusive bonnet and body side decals, chunky three-dimensional badging and a black rear bumper and sports hoop.

In addition, a bedliner, load divider and Ford’s new Power Roller Shutter feature as standard, providing greater convenience and practicality when moving cargo. Ranger Stormtrak also retains the 1.0-tonne payload and 3,500 kg maximum towing weight delivered by the popular Wildtrak series.2

The Ranger Stormtrak interior further enhances the model with premium specification and practical features. Stormtrak-specific seats feature the same supple leather as Ford’s iconic Ranger Raptor, accentuated with embroidered Stormtrak logos and bolsters trimmed with technical fabric. Tinted Graphite interior surfaces and red stitching throughout mirror Stormtrak’s unmistakeable exterior palette. 

Ranger Wolftrak tames the wilderness

Ranger Wolftrak is built for customers who desire dependable off-road capability and a bold, no‑nonsense exterior. Based on the Ranger XLT series, Wolftrak is powered by Ford’s 170 PS 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine with the choice of six-speed manual or 10‑speed automatic transmission. 1

A selectable four-wheel drive system with shift-on-the-fly function, 1 electronically-locking rear differential and all-terrain tyres are standard to enable progress in challenging off-road conditions, supported by a low range four-wheel drive setting to improve performance on steep hills and soft surfaces.

Ford anticipates Ranger Wolftrak will appeal strongly to customers in farming, forestry and outdoor pursuit industries as well as private buyers. A 1.0‑tonne payload and 3,500 kg maximum towing weight 2 offer significant load-moving ability, supported by a standard protective bed liner. An optional manual load bed cover or Aeroklas full load canopy are uniquely available in matte black to match Ranger Wolftrak’s blacked-out exterior detailing.

A long-leg tubular sports bar exclusive to Ranger Wolftrak creates a rugged look and supports accessory fitment and easy load restraint. Imposing Conquer Grey paint accentuates the pick-up’s haunches and complements the matte black grille, underbody protection, 17-inch black alloy wheels and sill covers; Sea Grey paint is also available. The truck’s distinctive style is completed by darkened Wolftrak badges. 

Exclusive touches in Ranger Wolftrak’s cabin include Wolftrak badges, a matte black instrument panel and door spears, and durable all-weather floor mats. Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen is a standard feature. 3

New Power Roller Shutter for extra practicality

Ford is also introducing a desirable new power-operated version of its popular  Roller Shutter load bed cover, available as an option for Ranger Wildtrak double cab models and fitted as standard to Ranger Stormtrak. The Power Roller Shutter adds new convenience and ease of use, with customers able to open and close the shutter via the key fob, or using buttons located in the load bed or inside the cabin on the dashboard. Sensors provide an anti-pinch function to help prevent trapped fingers or damaged cargo.

Ranger last year set a record 34.9 per cent annual segment share as it further strengthened its position as Europe’s best-selling pick‑up.