The new 2017 Ford Ranger gets important additions including significant tech gains across the range. According to Ford, the new model is developed to be the direct rival to the successful Toyota Hilux that has made significant in-roads in over 180 countries across the globe. In addition to making the changes known in advance, Ford has also offered clues regarding the expected release date. Read on to get the info.
Some of the updates Toyota hopes will help make it even more appealing to buyers include front and rear parking sensors available for the Ranger XLT. The Ranger XLS gets a second key fob. A reversing camera and parking sensors are available for the entry-level Ranger XL pickup. Finally, both the Ranger XLT and the Ranger Wildtrak get the latest Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system. The SYNC3 features the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The Wildtrak model also gets automatic lane-keeping, automatic high-beam, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control – features previously offered as options.
While many folks expected the new model to get a more powerful engine beneath the hood, Ford says the new Ranger returns with the same engines and output. However, few mechanical changes will be offered in order to bring it in tandem with Euro 5 emission standards. The engines offered will be a 2.2L turbo-diesel four-cylinder and a 3.2L turbo-diesel five-cylinder.
According to Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President, “The new 2017 Ford Ranger comes with latest features and technologies such as the Sync 3 and rearview camera that will help customers stay better connected.” To wrap up the changes galore are two new color options: Meteor Grey and Jet Black. The latter replaces Black Mica, while the former replaces the Metropolitan Grey.
Just like the model it replaces, the new 2017 Ford Ranger offers a wealth of driver assistance technologies and advanced connectivity features. As already mentioned, the previously offered Sync2 gets replaced by the new, advanced Sync3 multimedia system that features an upgraded eight-inch touchscreen interface, high-resolution graphics, and is easy to use. Some of the available advanced technologies include emergency brake assistance, adaptive load control, hill launch assist, and hill descent control. Others include adaptive cruise control, front and rear park assist, traffic sign recognition, a rearview camera, electronic stability control, and lane-keeping alert.
As aforementioned, the new model has been engineered to take on the Toyota Hilux – its traditional arch rival.
2017 Ford Ranger Release Date & Price
Although the pricing details aren’t available, credible reports say the new vehicle will go for sale for a sticker price starting from $54,000. The model isn’t USA bound instead Ford will offer it – with of course some changes – as the 2017 Ford Raptor. Its release date has been set for the second quarter of 2017.
2017 Ford Ranger Exterior
The exterior design remains the same inside out, save for the color updates and black foglights surrounds offered for the Ranger XLT model. It is imperative to note that the carry-over exterior design was heavily updated last year, so it makes sense for Ford not to offer any additional changes this year. The bold, more modern look lends the 2017 Ranger a sense of capability.
It is instantly recognizable on the road thanks to its imposing projector headlights and trapezoidal grille. The 2016 model was offered with three cab body styles. The new model likewise returns with the four-door Double Cab, and two-door Super Cab and Regular Cab.
For light or superior off-roading capability, the new 2017 Ford Ranger offers a choice of either 4X2 or 4×4 models. Regardless of the drive type, one thing’s for sure – buyers get exceptional towing and payload capacities.
2017 Ford Ranger Interior Pics
The exceptional exterior design combines with a comfortable, spacious, and tech-laden interior to create car-like environment for all occupants. “Stylish and attractive materials have been handpicked to make the cabin alluring, while at the same ensuring they’re durable enough to endure the harsh life a work-truck pickup,” said Dewitt – design manger, Ford Asian Pacific.
Four trims are available for the new 2017 Ford Ranger: XLT, Wildtrak, XLS, and XL.
Under the hood of the 2017 Ford Ranger is a 197-horsepower – generating 3.2L TDCi five-cylinder, and a 158-horsepower – producing 2.2L four-cylinder TDCi engine. MPG details will be offered on its release date.
Wheelbase: 3220 mm
Length: 5110 mm
Width: 1850 mm
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: N/A ft³
Curb weight: 1795 kg
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: N/A sec
MPG: 21/30 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Meteor Grey, Jet Black, Black Mica, Metropolitan Grey
Towing Capacity: Brake:3500 Unbrake:750 kg
Just like the existing model achieved a five out of five star rating for crash impact assessment, it is also expected the 2017 Ranger will get similar results from Euro NCAP – Europe’s Independent crash test authority.