THE Aussie-developed Ford Ranger is closing the gap on the market-leading Toyota Hilux. And updates to the 2017 Ranger range could see the gap tighten further.
The 2017 Ranger will see a host of fresh technology implemented as standard across the range.
XL pick-up models (excluding the XL Plus) will receive rear view cameras and rear parking sensors as standard, and an automatic transmission will be available for the 4x4 XL Super Cab Chassis 3.2L.
XLS pick-up models also get a rear view camera and rear sensors as standard.
XLT models get a rear view camera, front parking sensors, black fog lamps bezels and Ford’s all-new SYNC 3 technology – replacing the outgoing SYNC 2 tech.
The Wildtrak also gets SYNC 3 tech, but adds adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, a driver impairment monitor, automatic high beam control, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning.
All 2017 Rangers will receive a powertrain tweak to meet Euro 5 emissions standards.
Ford Australia’s CEO and President Graeme Whickman said: “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 per cent of all Rangers sold this year, up from 51 per cent in 2014.”
Ford has shifted only 310 fewer Rangers than Toyota’s Hilux so far this year (VFACTS, May 2016).
Pricing details are yet to be released.
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