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As part of a running change to its best-selling Ranger model, Ford has announced a series of incremental updates to keep its commercial vehicle range on the boil.

Headlining the change is the inclusion of standard rear parking-sensors, and a reversing camera for all XL and XLS pick-up models, however the change doesn’t affect XL Plus variants.

Previously the rear view camera was only standard on the Wildtrak, and an $1100 optional extra as part of the Tech Pack on XLT grade utes.

Also joining the range for the 2017 model year, a six-speed automatic version of the 3.2 litre 4x4 XL Super Cab Chassis, previously available only with a six-speed manual.

At the top of the range, both the XLT and Wildtrak will adopt SYNC 3, taking the place of the existing SYNC 2 infotainment system adding features such as an improved graphic user interface, conversational voice recognition, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

SYNC 3
SYNC 3

The previous Wildtrak Tech Pack now joins the standard features list adding adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, automatic high beam control, leane keep assist, lane departure warning, and driver impairment monitoring.

“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,” Ford Australia CEO, Graeme Whickman, said.

“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."

Along with the specification updates Ford will also make small powertrain updates to ensure the 2.2 litre four cylinder, and 3.2 litre five cylinder engines to meet Euro 5 emissions compliance.

So far this year Ranger sales trail the top selling Toyota Hilux by a slim margin, with Toyota’s ute finding 16,558 homes to the end of May compared to 14,121 Ranger sales. The Ranger is by far the most important vehicle in Ford’s portfolio, making up almost half of the brand’s sales this year.

Ford is yet to announce pricing adjustments to go with the specification changes, but TMR will bring you any pricing updates as soon as they are known.

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