Monday, March 13, 2006
I had seen comments from several readers about a Ranger SORV or Severe Off Road Vehicle model and assumed that they meant the new Ranger that was introduced in Thailand recently. I then came across this article about the SORV Ranger in Indoniesia. It seems to be just a package on the current Ranger. I remember seeing a similar option on the UK Ranger a few months ago. It's a neat package, better shocks and some skid plates, as well as a new intake snorkelt and prefilter. In the US, you can bye these pieces from aftermarket companies, and I wouldn't expect to see any manufacturer to release a factory package like this any time soon. There's one simple reason, the American propensity for litigation.
Think about it, some idiot buys a truck from the factory with a snorkel, drives into a situation beyond his ability as a driver and a lawsuit is the result. It's a neat idea though, and if a Diesel Crew Cab Ranger were availalbe here in the US, I would consider some of these upgrades for myself.