- The 2017 Ranger adds new standard technologies as a centerpiece of Ford’s leading investment of nearly $2 billion in R&D over the past six years and even more to launch and upgrade a record number of products.
- Ranger 4X4 has nearly equaled Hilux 4X4 in 2016 with sales growing 38 percent compared to this time last year.
- Rear view camera and reverse parking sensors become standard across the entire 2017 Ranger pick-up range (excluding XL Plus), the XLT receives front parking sensors as standard, while the 4X4 XL Super Cab Chassis 3.2L is now available with an automatic transmission making it accessible to more drivers.
- 2017 Ranger XLT and Wildtrak to come loaded with standard SYNC 3^, Ford’s new in-vehicle communications and entertainment platform, featuring Apple CarPlay®, Android AutoTM, faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic user interface#.
- 2017 Wildtrak now to offer standard driver assist technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Alert, Driver Impairment Monitor, automatic high beam control, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning.
Standard new technologies are set to make the Australian-developed 2017 Ford Ranger even more compelling as the four-wheel-drive model has pulled within 310 units of Hilux 4X4 in year-to-date sales.
The standard features include rear view camera and reverse parking sensors across the entire 2017 Ranger pick-up range (excluding XL Plus), front parking sensors on XLT, SYNC 3 for XLT and Wildtrak models, a suite of driver assist technologies for Wildtrak and an automatic transmission for the 4X4 XL Super Cab Chassis with 3.2-litre engine.
“Standard new features such as rear view camera and SYNC 3 will help our customers get more done at work while staying better connected to their lives,” said Graeme Whickman, CEO and President, Ford of Australia. “These innovations combined with Ranger’s unsurpassed towing and hauling capability will help continue Ranger’s momentum as we continue closing the gap on Hilux.
“In particular, Australians are being drawn especially to the XLT and Wildtrak variants, which now account for 62 percent of all Ranger’s sold this year, up from 51 percent in 2014.”
Designed and engineered in Australia, the Ranger updates illustrate how Ford’s local R&D investment of nearly $2 billion over the past six years continues delivering more innovations to make consumers’ lives easier and better.