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The 2015 PX Ford Ranger MkII ute will feature a suite of new technology features, exterior design tweaks and increased towing capacity when it arrives locally in September.
This latest arrival date differs from our earlier expectation of a July date debut, but still puts it in showrooms ahead of the all-new Toyota HiLux which is due to land in October. Updates to the Ranger's Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton rivals have already landed in local showrooms.
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The Ranger will continue to be available in single-cab, extra-cab and dual-cab bodystyles, with either pickup or cab-chassis bodies.
Pricing is up between $200 and $3650 across the board, with the biggest jump applying to the XL single cab chassis manual entry model.
Trim levels continue as before, kicking off with the XL trim level, moving up to XL Plus, XLS, XLT and topping out with the Wildtrak, totalling the same 37 variant lineup as before.
However, the 4x2 XL dual-cab pickup models are now the taller hi-rider spec, which has added $1300 for the manual manual and $1600 for the auto, to $36,390 and $38,590 respectively.
The 118kW/385Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine carries over from the previous model, but does bring a 8kW/10Nm improvement in outputs. The 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel also carries across to the new model.
Both engines are paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission in 2WD, 2WD Hi-Rider and 4WD drivetrains.
The Ranger still trumps the competition with its maximum wading depth of 800mm.
Externally, the new Ranger gets a redesigned grille, headlights and new wheels, while pickup models with the sportsbar score a cargo light.
The entry-level Ranger XL features a 230V inverter for powering laptops and the like (double and extra-cab variants only), speed-limiting cruise control, 4.2-inch multimedia system with SYNC1, auto-headlights, rear diff lock (2WD Hi-rider and 4WD only) and 16-inch steel wheels.
The mining-fleet oriented XL Plus adds daytime running lights, a second battery, plastic side-steps and 17-inch steel wheels with all-terrain tyres. However it does away with SYNC multimedia system, replacing it with a basic 3.5-inch LED display.
Stepping up to the XLS adds carpet flooring, front fog lamps and 16-inch alloys.
Adding to this, the XLT includes a towbar, rear parking sensors, 8-inch touchscreen with SYNC2 and satnav, mobile wi-fi hotspot, sportsbar, dual-zone climate control, 12V power socked in the tray, auto wipers, leather steering wheel and shifter, powered folding mirrors and 17-inch alloys.
An optional Tech Pack for the XLT brings reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.
Topping out the range, the Ranger Wildtrak features reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated leather front seats, Wildtrak sportsbar, and 18-inch alloys. The Tech Pack for the Wiltrak adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.