The updated 2020 Ford Ranger has been detailed boasting new equipment and updated suspension and safety equipment across the range.
Ford has released details of the updated 2020 Ford Ranger which will lob into showrooms around December. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet but it’s fair to assume there’ll be some minor pricing adjustments. Moving on.
The tweaks start with the Ranger XL which will now be offered with a heavy-duty suspension option ($550 on al XL variants with the exception of 4×2 Low-Rider). The heavy-duty suspension option for the XL has been developed, Ford said, to improve, not load carrying, but vehicle ride and handling when carry heavier loads. For instance, the new suspension pack, when carrying, say, 550kg improves bump stop clearance by 70 percent or 25mm. The suspension pack, includes:
- New rear springs – thicker, with revised spring rate;
- New front and rear dampers with revised damper tune;
- Bridgestone A/S tyres on 4×2 XL models (already standard on 4×4 XL models); and
- Unique calibration for ABS and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
Entry-level Ranger XL and XLS will now get the same 8.0-inch infotainment screen running Sync3 as the rest of the range. Ford is also adding an extra USB outlet mounted up near the rear vision mirror, across the range.
Step up to the XLT, Wildtrak and Raptor will get new Bi-LED head-lights which replace the old model’s HID style headlights. The visual change sees the round light replaced by a square-look light housing. But there’s more to it than aesthetics, the Bi-LED headlights, according to Ford, offer 17 percent better light penetration in standard beam and 20 percent greater lighting penetration in high-beam. Ford claims the LED lights provide a much whiter light which causes less eye fatigue.
And for those urban warriors who favour looks…the Ranger Wildtrak cops, in addition to the new lights, new-look 18-inch alloys, as well as cost-optional black alloys. But it’s the ditching of the manual roller shutter which drew numerous complaints and could be easily broken into, for a powered unit. The new, powered roller shutter can be activated from inside the cabin, via a button in the tray or by using the key fob. The shutter will lock in any position and even features an ice-break function that will see it ripple the shutters in icy conditions. More than this, the new shutter is more compact than the old one, improving load clearance by 20mm and an additional 80mm of length from the roller cannister to the tail-gate.
For the Raptor, it gets the new lights and extra USB outlet but also a new, exclusive colour – Ford Performance Blue will only be available on Raptor. Blue Lightning will continue to be offered across the range.
Making the announcement, Kay Hart, President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand, said: “Feedback from Australian and New Zealand customers has driven upgrades across the Ranger line-up, from heavy duty suspension in the XL, to a remote control powered roller- shutter on Wildtrak, and newBi-LED projector headlightson the XLT, Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor.
“Customers also told us they want the convenience of a windshield mounted USB to power accessories, so we will now make this available across the Ranger line-up.”