The Ford Ranger is expected to be rolling with more driver aids and cabin amenities after Ford Australia recently announced that the 2017 refresh will give the pickup new standard features across the lineup.
Ford’s latest infotainment system, SYNC 3, will be available in both the XLT and Wildtrak models. Compared to the current system being used, SYNC 3 performs faster, has a smartphone-like menu and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This will allow users to remote control certain functions of the car like unlocking doors, remote engine starting and checking fuel and tire pressure levels.
The SYNC 3 system will be channeled through an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen which also supports ‘pinch and swipe’ capability on certain menus. Other apps integrated on the new infotainment system include: Spotify, Pandora and Google Maps.
Reverse parking the Australian-spec Ranger will be easier as the backup camera will be standard kit on the pickup, except for the XL Plus. Front parking sensors, on the other hand, will now be available on the XLT.
Adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and driver impairment monitoring system will be present in the 2017 Wildtrak (PH-spec Ford Ranger Wildtrak models already have the previous features fitted as standard except driver impairment).
Completing the 2017 update will be two new paint finishes. Jet Black and Meteor Gray will replace Black Mica and Metropolitan Gray respectively.
The new updates are expected to arrive soon in other markets, including the Philippines.