Upgraded ute range here in September from $27,990
Ford Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for the updated 2019 Ranger ute, with the refreshed range to kick off at $27,990 before on-road costs.
While the upgrades announced last week focus mainly on the high-spec variants – which Ford tells us make up the majority of Ranger sales – there are changes, big and small, across all trim levels.
Kicking off the line-up is the entry-level XL Series, which is available in single-, super- and double-cab body styles. Priced from $27,990 (all prices exclude on-road costs), the base model sees an increase of $300, though some of that has been offset by new equipment.
These new features include an easy-lift tailgate (pick-up only), upgraded suspension which the company claims to reduce and better control roll for an improved driving experience when fully-laden or towing, a full-colour rear-view camera with rear parking sensors (pick-up only), along with new interior trims.
Other kit includes 16-inch steel wheels, inner tie-downs (pick-up only), load rest (pick-up only), manual air conditioning, vinyl floors, power windows, a 230V inverter (double- and super-cab), automatic headlights, a Sync 1 audio system with 4.2-inch colour display, Bluetooth, CD player, AUX/USB/iPod integration, a locking rear differential (4×2 Hi-Rider and 4×4 models), cruise control with speed limiter, along with the usual suite of electronic aids like stability control, trailer sway control, hill descent control (4×4 only), and roll over mitigation.
XL variants are offered with both the 118kW/385Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Stepping up to the XLS Series (from $49,190, +$300) brings front parking sensors (new), 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog-lights, carpeted floors and front floor mats. Also new to the XLS is the option of the Sync 3 Pack ($1950), which adds an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, along with a chrome grille and door handles.
The XLS range is exclusively available with the 3.2-litre diesel, in both manual ($49,190) and automatic ($51,390) guises.
Next is the XLT Series (from $50,290, +$2700) which is the most popular variant and arguably the subject of the most upgrades. It appears the manual versions of the 4×2 XLT have been dropped, hence the significant jump in price of entry.
Headlining the MY19 changes for XLT models is the availability of the Ranger Raptor’s 157kW/500 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel ($1200) mated as standard to a 10-speed automatic, and the availability of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and semi-autonomous parking as part of the Tech Pack ($1700).
Other changes include a restyled front grille, fascia and bumper, HID headlights with LED daytime-running lights, keyless entry with push-button start, idle stop/start (N/A on 3.2L auto), and a new ‘ebony’ interior with upgraded finishes.
That’s on top of 17-inch alloy wheels, tow bar, chrome exterior highlights, privacy glass, rear step bumper with chrome inserts, power-fold exterior mirrors, a 12V socket in the bed liner, the 8.0-inch Sync 3 navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, electrochromic rear-view mirror, and tyre pressure monitoring.
Available optionally is the aforementioned Tech Pack, which adds inter-urban AEB with pedestrian detection, park assist, traffic sign recognition (new), driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, along with auto high-beam. There’s also the Leather Pack for $1650 (double cab only), and the option of 18-inch alloys from the Wildtrak finished in black ($750, new).
Finally, sitting atop the range is the Wildtrak (from $60,590, +$1000). Like the XLT, the Wildtrak is available with the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel and 10-speed automatic from the Raptor ($1200), and comes standard with the 3.2-litre oiler.
New equipment for the 2019 model year includes revised frontal styling, LED fog-lights, a power-locking tailgate, inter-urban AEB with pedestrian detection, semi-autonomous park assist, traffic sign recognition, ‘ebony’ cabin treatment with upgraded finishes, black partial leather seating, and heated front pews.
Buyers can also opt for black 18-inch alloys ($500, new), while carryover features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane-keep assist, auto high-beam, tyre pressure monitoring, side steps with brushed inserts, a Wildtrak sports bar, puddle lights, and a roller shutter for the bed.
All versions of the Ranger ask for an extra $600 should buyers want prestige paint.
Towing capacity is rated at 3500 kilograms for 3.2-litre and 2.0-litre bi-turbo variants, along with all 2.2-litre versions bar the 4×2 XL Low Rider (2500kg).
As recently announced, the Ranger line-up is covered by Ford’s new five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty – which is unique in the dual-cab ute segment – in conjunction with capped-price servicing and up to seven years of MapCare updates for models equipped with Sync 3.
Note: We’re still waiting for more images of the MY19 Ranger. XLT variant shown
2019 Ford Ranger pricing
- XL Single C/C Low Rider – $27,990 (2.2L 6MT)
- XL Single C/C Hi-Rider – $33,690 (2.2L 6AT)
- XL Super C/C Hi-Rider – $36,190 (2.2L 6AT)
- XL Double C/C Hi-Rider – $38,190 (2.2L 6AT)
- XL Double P/Up Hi-Rider – $39,690 (2.2L 6AT)
- XLT Double P/Up Hi-Rider – $50,290 (3.2L 6AT)
- XLT Double P/Up Hi-Rider – $51,490 (2.0L 10AT)
- XL Single C/C – $41,890/$44,090 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
- XL Super C/C –$44,390/$46,590 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
- XL Super P/Up – $48,090 (3.2L 6AT)
- XL Double C/C – $46,090 (2.2L 6AT)
- XL Double P/Up – $47,590 (2.2L 6AT)
- XL Double C/C – $46,390/$48,590 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
- XL Double P/Up – $47,890/$50,090 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
- XLS Double P/Up – $49,190/$51,390 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
- XLT Super P/Up – $56,190 (3.2L 6AT)
- XLT Super P/Up – $57,390 (2.0L 10AT)
- XLT Double P/Up – $55,990/$58,190 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
- XLT Double P/Up – $59,390 (2.0L 10AT)
- Wildtrak Double P/Up – $60,590/$62,790 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
- Wildtrak Double P/Up – $63,990 (2.0L 10AT)
- Prestige paint (all models) – $600
- Sync 3 Pack (XLS) – $1950
- Tech Pack (XLT) – $1700
- Leather Pack (XLT) – $1650
- 18-inch wheels (XLT, Wildtrak) – $750/$500 (XLT/Wildtrak)
- 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine/10-speed auto – $1200 (XLT/Wildtrak)
All prices exclude on-road costs
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