Ford going off-road at Fieldays
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Three new models will make their public debut on Ford's stand at this year's Fieldays at Mystery Creek, near Hamilton, this week.
The new Ford Everest large SUV, and the new Ranger utes will be on display, along with the new Ford Mustang.
Ford's "off-road Experience" will allow Fieldays visitors to ride with professional drivers in the Ranger range, demonstrating how the ute copes with a range of challenges, including a steep sided mountain, water wading pool, boulder, rough terrain and a seesaw.
The managing director of Ford New Zealand, Corey Holter, said the company would demonstrate why the Ranger had become New Zealand's number one-selling truck.
The off-road course starts with a drive along a steep sided slope to highlight Roll-Over Mitigation, which stops the vehicle from getting into a dangerous roll over situation. The Ranger then climbs 45 degrees up and over the specially built man-made boulder mountain.
The driver will take advantage of Ford Ranger’s Hill Launch Assist, which helps the vehicle pull away and climb up steep inclines. On reaching the summit, it will descend using Hill Decent Control, which allows greater control on steep hill grades. Other features in ‘The Ford Ranger off-track Experience’ include a seesaw, as well as a purpose-built lake where the Ranger’s 800mm water wading capability will be tested.