Ford has continued to breathe new life into their stable of Ranger utes, now with some subtle changes to options and specifications.
This constant updating and refreshing shows how fiercely competitive this segment is. And Ford is reaping the rewards of their hard work, building on a lead to topple the long-time champion Toyota HiLux. Interestingly, these two utes, which are leading the ute sales race by a fair margin, have both had heavy R&D input from Australia.
There is now the option of leather-accented seats on XLT spec Rangers, which does the door cards and both rows of seats, for $1,650.
On the subject of seats, Wildtrak-spec Rangers will have a new seat design used from now onwards. They will resist choccy milk spillages (and other messes) better these days, and they reckon changes in piping and the bottom cushion will also make it more comfortable.
Exterior tie-down points on XLS-spec Rangers are being deleted ‘for a sleeker look’, and cup holders are being improved across the range with ‘secure fingers’. All models, except for the poverty-pack XL-Plus, will also have an external temperature display available.
Punters will be happy to know there isn’t a corresponding increase in price with these changes. Of course, the Ranger is one of the most expensive 4X4 utes available, starting at $41,590 for a single cab-chassis XL 4X4, going up to $61,790 for the automatic, dual-cab Wildtrak.