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Ford Australia has announced pricing for the updated Ranger ute line-up due in September, with price increases of between $300 and $1000 and additional spec on most variants.
The refreshed Australian-developed, Thai-built ute was uncovered last week, and now Ford has confirmed that pricing will kick off from $27,990 (+$300) excluding on-road costs for the base Ranger 4x2 single-cab chassis with a manual gearbox and the 2.2-litre diesel engine.
Two-wheel-drive variants top out with a new addition to the range, the $51,490 XLT double-cab Hi-Rider pick-up, powered by the new 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel and new 10-speed automatic transmission nabbed from the sporty upcoming Ranger Raptor.
As reported last week, Ford has added a number of new variants that will use the new bi-turbo/10-speed auto combo from the Raptor.
As well as the new 4x2 Hi-Rider mentioned above, the new engine is also available in 4x4 XLT super-cab pick-up guise for $57,390, 4x4 XLT double-cab pick-up from $59,390 and as the priciest Wildtrak at $63,990.
Ford’s 4x4 offerings start at $41,890 (+$300) for the XL single-cab chassis manual, while the double-cab Wildtrak pick-ups powered by the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel are $1000 dearer at $60,590 for the manual and $62,790 for the auto.
Last month, Ford announced a $74,990 pricetag for the Raptor, making it the most expensive one-tonne ute in Australia.
Ford has dropped six of the slower selling variants from the range, including the 4x2 XL Hi-Rider manual 2.2L and the 4x4 double-cab 2.2L manual.
However the addition of four new bi-turbo variants and the Raptor means the variant count now stands at 29.
In base XL guise, Ford has added updated suspension and a restyled ebony interior treatment, as well as an easy-lift tailgate and rear parking sensors on pick-up variants. It continues to be offered with a full-colour reversing camera, manual single-zone air-conditioning, 16-inch steel wheels and the Sync1 infotainment system with a 4.2-inch multi-function display.
The XL is offered in single-, super- and double-cab body styles with a choice of the 118kW/385Nm four-cylinder 2.2-litre turbo diesel or 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel, six-speed manual or auto and two- and four-wheel drive.
New equipment for the XLS includes front parking sensors and an optional $1950 Sync3 package that features an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, chrome grille and door handles, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry and start.
The XLS is double-cab only and is powered exclusively by the 3.2-litre unit.
XLT variants are super- or double-cab pick-ups and come with either the 3.2-litre engine or the new 2.0-litre bi-turbo for a $1200 premium.
New features for the updated XLT include High Intensity Discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and start, idle-stop (on 2.0L versions) and a refreshed interior.
New options for the XLT include 18-inch Wildtrak alloy wheels for $750 and a $1700 Tech Pack that adds an ‘inter-urban’ autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system with pedestrian and vehicle detection, traffic sign recognition and semi-auto active park assist, as well as adaptive cruise control with a forward collision alert, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, auto high beam and a driver impairment monitor.
Carry over features on XLT includes privacy glass, Sync3, DAB radio, rear step bumper with a chrome accent, rain-sensing wipers, leather-wrapped gear shifter and steering wheel and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
New standard gear for the Wildtrak includes LED front foglights, a power lock tailgate, AEB, traffic sign recognition, semi-auto active park assist, restyled cabin and restyled all-black partial leather front seats, while new black finish 18-inch Wildtrak alloy wheels are a $500 option.
The double-cab-only Wildtrak already comes standard with eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, sports bar, puddle lamps, roller shutter, adaptive cruise control and a tyre pressure monitor.
All variants of the Ranger range also fall under Ford’s recently announced five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman said the additional standard gear and the Ranger’s versatility will ensure it continues to appeal to local buyers.
“We know that Australians in this segment are looking for value for money with genuine, real-world capability,” he said. “The MY19 Ranger delivers greater capability and improvements across the line-up from suspension upgrades to Autonomous Emergency Braking.”