2017 ford ranger oz update 1

Ford Australia has announced that the Ford Ranger T6 facelift has been given a number of equipment updates for the 2017 model year – new kit for the pick-up is led by the inclusion of a SYNC 3 infotainment system in higher-end models as well as a raft of driver assist technologies for the Wildtrak variant.

Down the line, all Ranger models save the XL Plus will now come with a rear view camera and reverse parking sensors as standard, and the XLT variant for the market is set to add front parking sensors into its kit list. For the Australian market, the Ranger’s powertrain has also been upgraded to meet Euro 5 emissions standards.

Both XLT and Wildtrak versions are set to get SYNC 3, which replaces the SYNC 2 system seen currently. The new infotainment system features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, an intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic interface over the current outing.

Key features include an eight-inch touchscreen with capacitive touch technology that allows ‘pinch and swipe’ capability on select features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and compatibility with apps such as Spotify, Pandora and Google Maps+.

The Wildtrak, meanwhile, will add adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, a driver impairment monitor, automatic high beam control, lane keep assist and lane departure warning into its standard equipment list.

Two new exterior colours are also set to be introduced for the Oz-market 2017 MY Ranger, with Jet Black and Meteor Grey replacing Black Mica and Metropolitan Grey respectively in the palette of available colours.