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2017 Ranger Offers Even More Standard Tech with SYNC 3 on XLT, Wildtrak; Rear View Camera and Rear Parking Sensors standard on All Pick-up Models as Ranger 4X4 Closes in on Hilux 4X4

Tue, Jun 28, 2016

  • 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.

MELBOURNE – 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.

Standard tech:

The 2017 Ranger will see the introduction of the following new features as standard:

  • XL (Excluding XL Plus)
  • Rear view camera (pick-up models only)
  • Rear parking sensors (pick-up models only
  • Automatic transmission for 4X4 XL Super Cab Chassis 3.2L (previously available as manual only)

  • XLS
  • Rear view camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 2nd key fob

  • XLT
  • SYNC 3^ with Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM#
  • Rear view camera
  • Front parking sensors
  • Black fog lamp bezel

  • WILDTRAK
  • SYNC 3^ with Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM#
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Alert, Driver Impairment Monitor, automatic high beam control, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning

  • ALL VARIANTS
  • The 2017 Ranger will feature a minor powertrain upgrade to meet Euro 5 emissions standards.

  • SYNC 3 highlights:
  • SYNC 3 is Ford’s new in-vehicle communications and entertainment platform that features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic interface over the current SYNC 2. It incorporates the best features of the outgoing system but includes new technologies designed to help customers stay better connected.

    • Highlights of SYNC 3 include:
    • New ‘Home’ screen with clearer layout and large icons for quicker access to functions including audio system, climate control, smartphone (including compatible apps) and satellite navigation (where fitted)
    • Upgraded 8” touchscreen with capacitive touch technology allows ‘pinch and swipe’ capability on select features (similar to a smartphone or tablet)
    • Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM integration includes ability to access Apple Siri and Google Now#
    • Compatible apps include Spotify, Pandora, Google Maps+
    • More customisable and easier-to-navigate settings and user preferences

    SYNC 3 will replace the current SYNC 2 infotainment system on 2017MY PX Ranger MkII XLT and Wildtrak.

      Other product updates:

      Exterior prestige paint colour changes, effective from July 2016:

      • ‘Jet Black’ replaces ‘Black Mica’
      • ‘Meteor Grey’ replaces ‘Metropolitan Grey’

      Going Further for Australia and Australian Customers:

      The 2017 Ranger builds upon the enviable response Ranger has enjoyed since its introduction, with the vehicle awarded numerous accolades including Ford Ranger XLT taking out Drive’s Best Ute 2015, Carsales Best Tradie Vehicle 2015 and Carsales Best Offroad 4X4 2015.

      Ranger’s development demonstrates how local innovation and high-tech design continues to be expanded locally through Ford’s extensive product development operations. Ford is home to 1100 innovative engineers and designers, with the company set to become the largest auto employer in the nation after 2017

      ^Not all SYNC™features are supported on all phones and/or require additional data services and equipment. #Local laws may prohibit the use of this function. Apple CarPlay and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc. + Local laws may prohibit the use of this function. PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Google Maps is a trademark of Google Inc.







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