Aries B. Espinosa's text and photos
I really did not know if the Ford Philippines deliberately predicted its internal and external handling of the 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak, which took place on November 6-7, to play with pairs, doubles and number two. But it was, the pattern is clear and too embarrassing to not be noticed.
Here's what you really did pieced to "two-gether:"
1) The most obvious, of course, was the new Ranger Wildtrak engine and gearbox. Out with 3.2 liters, with a 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
But do not trust the size. Despite the smaller, this two turbo engine produces 210 PS and 500 Nm torque. Combine it with a lighter engine and you'll get even more fuel consumption.
Our group of 240 kilometers from Quezon City to Candelaria Zambales through Clark Pampanga and Subic our Ranger Wildtrak did not depart from a consumption of 14-15 kilometers per liter.
2) Regardless of the Ranger's famous power, there are two "Cs" – comfort and connectivity. You can call the conveniences of this creature, and 2019 Ranger Wildtrak dishes them. A sedan-like suspension has been given (and we felt both on the well-paved road northern roads and dusty dirt tracks from the Acai mining trail in the Zambales region) as well as about the recreational opportunities that we enjoyed during the journey. Special mention is also made of: electric power steering; SYNC 3 connectivity system; eight-inch TFT touchscreen multifunction display; an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and four-way manually adjusts passenger seating; and a smart key record.
3) This trip also did two things: we have to go to the 2019 Ranger Wildtrak, and then we visited the latest Ford concierge – its 47th country – Ford Clark by M.A. Roxas highway in the Clark freeport area.
What's special about Ford Clark is that it is the first concession company in the country that follows the automotive manufacturers' new global distribution brand guidelines, taking into account a globally balanced external and internal look to offer customers a better distribution experience, while at the same time targeting is to connect a client's online shopping trip with the store environment, thus providing more affiliated and unified automotive retail experience.
Our visit to Ford Clark also allowed us to testify Bert Lessard, Ford Filipino CEO Bert Lessard and Lewis P. Laus, Levis P. Laus, CEO and Chairman of the Laus group of companies that created and operates 1,863 square meters of concessions highlighted by the four-wheel drive showroom in the interactive bay and seven crew bays.
"The customers of the modern automotive industry are becoming more and more sophisticated, business-minded and technologically wise. Therefore, it is very important that the concession company, which is one of our most important customer touch points, adapts to this changing consumer behavior, taking into account the look, feel and experience of it offers customers, "said Mr Lessards.
Mr. Laus convinced the group that Ford Clark could develop into this new automotive business landscape, as he discovered that concessions would be no less than a 5G Wi-Fi connection, in parallel with the world's developed regions.
4) Two Wildtrak variants were tested. The 2.0-liter Wildtrak Turbo 4 × 2 AT, priced at P 1.455 million, and the 2.0-liter Superior Bi-Turbo Wildtrak 4 × 4 A / T, costing at least P1 695 million. In addition to the two Wildtrak variants, the Ranger 2.2L XLT 4 × 2 A / T variant (at a price of P1,089 million) was also driven.
5) All other small things. Just as the ark of Noah, where creatures were boarded in two places, we had to unite and assignments to us. After the first day of travel, we watched the Zambales sunset island called Potipot, which has two recaptured syllables that sounds like an old-fashioned car horn.