More safety equipment comes as standard on the Ford Ranger line-up along with additional improvements
Ford has injected the Ranger family with a heap of new standard safety technology. All Ranger models are now fitted with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, traffic sign detection and high beam assist.
There are also rear parking sensors on all pick up models, and cab chassis variants now have a provision for a reversing camera which is displayed on the infotainment screen.
XL and XLS models now benefit from an acoustic windscreen, which boosts interior refinement.
If you’re feeling a little fancy, Ford has slashed the price of the Tech Pack – $800 down from $1700 – for Ranger XLT. The Tech Pack includes adaptive cruise control and semi-automatic parking. Those who want the luxe feel of leather will be pleased to know that the leather option on Ranger XLT double cab is now $1,500, down from $1,650.
The cost of Ranger ownership is down too, with the ute family now covered by Ford’s Service Benefits Program. That means you’ll never pay more than $299 a service for the first four years/60,000km, have access to a loan car when your car is being serviced, auto club membership, free sat nav upgrades and a vehicle report card.
“Ranger has a tradition of leading technology, which includes being the first pick-up to achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating, and in 2018 we added more powertrain choices and significant Driver Assist Technology coupled with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty,” said Ford Australia and New Zealand President and CEO, Kay Hart. “Now, AEB with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Aid, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam is standard on every Ranger, from the entry-level Ranger XL cab-chassis all the way through to the Ford Performance Ranger Raptor.”
The updated Ranger will arrive in showrooms from June 2019.