All Rangers delivered after May 1 this year comes with Ford's new five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty deal. "It's also seen new buyers come in to the segment, especially at the premium end, which is why we've made Ranger more refined and more capable at an even wider variety of uses".
For those wanting the beefed-up performance of the Ranger Raptor without the juiced-up looks, Ford will now sell its XLT and Wildtrak ute variants with the same 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel and 10-speed automatic drivetrain combo. The Bi-Turbo will be available in the Ranger Wildtrak series as an option, giving Ford Ranger customers a wider choice to better match their lifestyles.
Having chalked up the equivalent of 5.5 million kilometres of testing, Ford's new generation of diesel engines use advanced materials and sophisticated construction to offer Ranger BiTurbo customers a vehicle with an enhanced span of already capable attributes.
The 10-speed transmission accompanying the new engine is a torque converter unit aimed at making the Ranger quieter and more comfortable to drive.
Along with the bi-turbo/10-speed combination, the XLT and Wildtrak will be offered with the same 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel now fitted, making 147kW of power and 470Nm of torque. Its highly competitive payload applies to both automatic and manual transmission models, with 3500kg on all 3.2-litre powered Rangers across all body styles.
However, the Ranger's "Inter-Urban" AEB system, which operates at speeds above 3.6km/h and includes pedestrian detection, is only standard in the top-shelf Ranger Wildtrak and optional on XLT models as part of a "Tech Pack", pricing for which is yet to be revealed.
Traffic Sign Recognition, available for the first time on Ranger, is created to identify traffic signs whether they are at the side of the road or above it, permanent or temporary. An icon of the speed sign appears on the instrument cluster and changes every time you enter a new limit. The driver needs only to apply the throttle and brakes, as the system steers the Ranger into the parking space.
Standard for all pick-up models, however, is the Ranger's new "easy-lift" tailgate featuring a new internal mechanism. This also means the tailgate won't drop suddenly when opening. Rather, it will drop slowly under its own weight.
Along with the engines and safety updates, albeit only on top-spec dual-cab variants, Ford's refreshed Ranger gets a new-look snout via a tweaked grille and lower bumper, while XLT and Wildtrak gets LED daytime running lights and HID headlights.
Ford Australia President and CEO Graeme Whickman said the Aussie-engineered, Thai-built Ranger - the nation's top-selling 4×4 pick-up in 2017 - has now chalked up the equivalent of 5.5 million kilometres of testing at its Victorian facilities, as well as in the Aussie Outback, Arizona and MI.
The Ranger line-up also wears a fresh look thanks to a cleaner front grille similar to the US-spec pick-up. "We know Ranger can walk the walk, so we have to show this in the way its styling speaks to that". As before, the XLT will get chrome highlights on the exterior, where the Wildtrak gets dark-grey details.
Keyless entry and push-button start is now optional on the XLS, and standard on the XLT and Wildtrak. With durable, tactile surface finishes ensuring a long lifespan with a quality touch and feel, the spacious Ranger interior now sports a black theme.
SYNC 3 [iii] with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto [iv] compatibility continues as standard on XLT and Wildtrak, including Bluetooth, an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen and reversing camera. The mapping system also features a "breadcrumbs" feature, allowing an unmarked off-road route, for instance, to be mapped as it's traversed.
New packaging also enables geometry changes that bring improved ride, a reduction in body roll as well as improved steering precision. Crucially, while improving the drive and refinement, the suspension changes do not impact on Ranger's class-leading towing and payload capabilities.
"We've further improved how Ranger behaves when carrying a load, towing a boat or taking a caravan around the country", said John Willems, Chief Program Engineer, Ford Ranger.
The 2019 Ranger's upgrades are created to take the rough with the smooth.