New Ford Ranger to offer unprecedented technologies
Ford’s popular Ranger has continued as a strong seller in 2015, with the ute line-up claiming a 16.4 per cent market share and the crown of Australia’s 10th biggest selling nameplate. The flagship Wildtrak proving a popular choice for buyers, along with other 4×4 models.
The Blue Oval brand is set to up the ante for 2015 and beyond, with the new Ford Ranger offering consumers technology that has never been seen before in this class with the PX Ranger MKII
Five specification levels will be on offer: the XL, XL Plus, XLS, XLT and Wildtrak along with a choice of body styles, engines and transmissions.
Ford has Toyota’s HiLux firmly within its sights and the Ranger’s exterior and interior have undergone a considerable overhaul and all new Ranger models will gain Ford’s Emergency Assistance system as standard. The system is runs through Ford’s SYNC (or the more advanced SYNC2 in more expensive models) telephony system and automatically dials 000 in the unfortunate event of a collision.
Additional new standard equipment includes tyre pressure monitoring and a sports bar mounted cargo light for pick-up models, along with electric power steering and automatic stop/start technology on manual transmission 4×2 Hi-Rider and 4×4 models.
However, many on the innovative features are available as an option on the XLT and Wildtrak models in what Ford calls a Tech Pack. This equipment includes: adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist a driver impairment monitor and a reversing camera which is standard on the Wildtrak.
Buyers who choose the XLT and Wildtrak will also be able to enjoy a digital (DAB) radio, satellite navigation and a WiFi hotspot. The Wildtrak adds heated leather seats.
The new Ranger promises to be not only clever but tough. The 2.2-litre TDCi engine that delivers 118 kW and 385 Nm and the 3.2-litre TDCi engine that develops 147 kW of power and 470 Nm of torque remains. Either engine can be had with either a six-speed manual or automatic. Maximum towing capacity is rated a hefty 3.5 tonnes.
The update has been designed with both commercial and recreational customers in mind, according to Ford Australia boss Graeme Whickman ““Ranger continues to win friends and customers across the country, from urban trade’s people looking for a smart workhorse during the week, to rural folks who require a robust, stylish and capable light truck…the Ranger is a stylish weekend companion for recreational pursuits.”