Leaked back in January, and slated to arrive Down Under in September, exterior changes are minor in the form of new headlights with integrated daytime running LEDs, a new grille, slightly updated front bumper, new door handles and fog lamps, while the rear carries on unchanged.
Unlike local models which are sourced from Ford’s Silverton Plant near Pretoria, the Aussie spec Ranger is made at the Rayong Plant in Thailand, and will include new driver assistance systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Active Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, which will be optional on the XLT and standard on the Wildtrak.
The interior is kept unchanged in terms of design though, with the only additions being Ford’s SYNC 3 software and optional keyless entry and push button start on the XLS.
As mentioned though, the biggest talking point is the inclusion of the 157 kW/500 Nm 2.0-litre twin force fed oil-burner powering the Raptor, which will displace the long serving 3.2-litre five-cylinder as the new flagship engine option on the XLT and Wildtrak.
Like the Raptor, the mill will be connected as standard to the 10-speed automatic gearbox co-developed with General Motors, but will do without the off-road hardware, four wheel disc brakes and instead come with the same 3 500 kg braked trailer towing as other “standard” double Ranger models.
The inline-five will however continue to be offered alongside the Raptor engine on the XLT and Wildtrak with outputs unchanged at 147 kW/470 Nm, while the 2.2, which was reported as facing a potential drop in power and torque when installed in the updated Everest, will also remain as is with the former at 118 kW and the latter at 385 Nm. A six-speed manual is again standard, with a similar ratio automatic optional.
No pricing or local availability has yet been confirmed.
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