Ford’s Ranger has received minor tweaks and an adjustment in price for the 2020 model year, including an increase in equipment for its hot-selling Wildtrak.
Headlining the changes is a new automatic-rolling hard tonneau cover for the Wildtrak, which is able to be remotely opened and closed. This replaces the existing manual hard tonneau.
The hero-spec Raptor, Wildtrak, and XLT now all gain Bi-LED headlights (17 per cent brighter) to replace their current projector LED globes and the Raptor’s hero ‘Lightning Blue’ colour option is replaced by a slightly deeper ‘Ford Performance Blue’.
The Wildtrak will also gain a new alloy wheel design, while further down the range, the XL workhorse is able to be optioned with a ‘heavy-duty’ suspension pack.
Part of the hot-selling Wildtrak's changes includes a new alloy wheel design.
The suspension pack is for 4x4 variants only and includes new rear springs, new dampers, upgraded tyres and a recalibrated stability control program.
The heavy-duty suspension is a $500 option and Ford says it was included to improve the XL 4x4s ride when towing and under load.
Due to these updates and alongside “incremental pricing adjustments”, the Ranger’s pricing has increased slightly across the board.
The Ranger continues to be offered in diesel only with a choice of three engines across five variants. The three engine choices, consisting of a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo (118kW/385Nm), 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo (147kW/470Nm) and 2.0-litre bi-turbo (157kW/500Nm) are unchanged for the 2020 model year.
The Wildtrak gets the lion's share of upgrades for the 2020 model year.
For a full layout of available engine/transmission, body style, and trim combinations, see the table below.
In terms of standard features by trim level, the entry level XL features an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, as well as new USB ports in the windscreen for mounting dash-cams (Ford says this was added due to customer demand). Other standard items include cloth seats, auto halogen headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, mud flaps, locking rear differential, and remote entry with turn-key ignition. The XL can be had as either a 4x2 or 4x4 with a choice of the 2.2-litre or 3.2-litre engines.
Standard safety across the Ranger line-up includes auto emergency braking, lane keep assist, auto high-beams, reversing camera, load adaptive control, hill descent and launch assist, auto high beams, and six-airbags.
Next in the line-up is the XLS which is available as a 4x4 auto dual-cab only with the 3.2-litre engine. Standard spec is increased to include 16-inch alloy wheels, grey contrast highlights with body coloured accents, single-zone climate control, sat-nav and DAB+ digital radio, keyless entry and push-start, front and rear parking sensors, as well as driver attention alert (DAA).
Stepping up to the XLT adds 17-inch wheels, chrome body highlights, new Bi-LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, smart key memory key fobs, tyre pressure monitoring, a tub liner, tow kit, sports bar, cooled centre console box, privacy glass, semi-digital dashboard, as well as heated and auto-folding rear vision mirrors.
The XLT is the first grade in the line-up optionally available with the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine and 10-speed automatic.
The limited-edition FX4 will launch at the same time as the updated Rangers. Limited to 1000 units, the FX4 will be available with either the 3.2- or 2.0-litre engine and features unique ‘tinted graphite’ styling, 18-inch wheels, sports bar, decal pack, red-on-black seat trim, and the same specification level as the XLT 4x4 on which it is based.
The FX4 will launch alongside the rest of the updated Ranger line-up in December.
The Wildtrak gains grey and silver highlights for the body, 18-inch alloy wheels (in a new design) auto-rolling hard tonneau cover, auto-locking tailgate, ambient interior lighting, leather seats with 8-way power adjust and heating for front occupants, puddle lamps, and decal pack.
The hero of the Ranger’s lineup is the Raptor, which is a double cab 4x4 2.0-litre only and comes with enhanced suspension courtesy of Fox Shox off-road suspension tuners, as well as a bespoke set of Ford Performance 17-inch alloy wheels, 33-inch BF Goodrich tyres and Raptor-unique trimmings to suit its wider track. The interior of the Raptor gets unique seats, steering wheel and grey-on-black aesthetic. The Raptor does not come with a tonneau cover, instead the tray is adorned only with a tub-liner.
The FX4 gets its own interior trim, although the rest of the Ranger lineup is unchanged on the inside.
All Rangers are covered by a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and comprehensive capped price servicing that extends out to 10 years, with the first four services locked at $299. The Ranger requires servicing once a year or every 15,000km no matter which engine option is fitted. Ford also throws in state auto club membership and a free loan car with each service.