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Ford Australia has added a heavy duty steel bull-bar as a genuine Ford accessory on its award-winning PX Ranger one-tonne pickup to compliment the alloy bull-bar already available.

The new heavy duty bull-bar is constructed of strong but lightweight steel and was developed primarily for the demanding environments of the mining industry.

ADR-compliant and designed to integrate with PX Ranger’s safety systems, the new heavy duty bull-bar maintains a five-star Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) rating when fitted to a five-star rated PX Ranger.

The Ford bar features a lower splash shield designed to prevent excess water getting into the engine bay. Finished in a grey powder coat, the new bull-bar also offers auxiliary lamps and two antenna brackets.

“We designed the heavy duty bull-bar for the harsh environments experienced in the mining industry but some of our more adventurous private customers put their Rangers through worse (conditions) every weekend,” said Ford marketing manager David Katic.

“We’ve received a lot of customer inquiries for a heavy duty bull-bar. This is a serious accessory for the serious Ranger customer.”

When fitted prior to delivery the genuine Ford accessory bull-bar is covered by Ford’s three year / 100,000kms new car warranty and is available from Ford dealers for RRP $2107.00 installed.

Mitsubishi has launched a limited edition variant of its aging Triton dual cab 4×4 pick-up and added new features across the Triton range, to try to keep sales buoyant during the countdown to its all-new replacement in 2015.

The GLX-R Warrior comes with a range of extra features including a diff lock, Mitsubishi’s Multi Communication System with USB input, voice recognition and Bluetooth, iPhone and iPod connectivity, eight-speaker audio system and MPSS power amplifier, black leather seat trim and six-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

The Warrior’s exterior styling includes an alloy front nudge bar (a bull bar is also available), flush-fit soft tonneau cover and Warrior decals on the front doors. It’s available in a choice of Charcoal, Cool Silver, Ironbark and White and only 200 are being made available.

Drive-away pricing for the GLX-R Warrior is $43,990 with five-speed manual transmission, while the five-speed automatic is $45,990. By comparison, the standard GLX-R manual is $45,740 plus on-roads.

Running changes to the Triton range include an upgraded audio system across all models. GL and GLX also feature Bluetooth functionality, mobile phone and iPod hands-free operation with voice recognition and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

All dual cab Triton models are also equipped with two ISOFIX child seat anchorage points, while GLX-R Triton gains a black interior colour theme.

With early 2014 sales of the ageing Triton 4×4 range in freefall compared to the same time last year, Mitsubishi will no doubt be looking forward to the Triton’s replacement due for release early in 2015.

The new generation one-tonner is tipped to take its styling cues from the striking GR-HEV concept unveiled last year. The current Triton range, which was launched in 2006, is now one of the oldest on the Australian market.

Isuzu UTE Australia has introduced a limited edition D-MAX to its award-winning one-tonne ute range – the 2014 X-RUNNER.

On sale from March 17, only 660 units of the X-RUNNER will be available. Based on an Isuzu D-MAX 4×4 LS-U, the 2014 X-RUNNER comes in a choice of two metallic colours – pearlescent white or black mica, with unique contrasting striping and decals.

This special edition D-MAX also features additional exterior styling tweaks in the form of gun metal grey alloy wheels and side steps, front and rear body kit, black sports bar and tub liner. The interior has red and black two-tone seat trim, red contrast steering wheel stitching and a high-gloss piano black dash trim.

The X-RUNNER is covered by Isuzu’s five-year warranty and five-year roadside assistance and has a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Available in both auto and manual transmissions, the 2014 X-RUNNER is priced from $46,490 drive-away (manual).

 

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