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The up­dated 2019 Ford Ranger has gone on sale with a raft of fo­cused im­prove­ments that build on Ranger’s cat­e­go­rylead­ing on-road ver­sa­til­ity and off-road ca­pa­bil­ity. With up­grades across the line-up, New Zealand’s most pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle ( with YTD sales of 7430 at the end of the third quar­ter) the Ranger also brings new tech­nol­ogy to the ute sec­tor for MY 19 in­clud­ing In­ter-Ur­ban Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing ( AEB) with Ve­hi­cle De­tec­tion and Pedes­trian De­tec­tion and Semi-Auto Ac­tive Park As­sist as stan­dard on Ranger Wild­trak. The 2019 Ranger of­fers new or stan­dard­ised equip­ment over its pre­de­ces­sor, for im­proved con­ve­nience, safety and re­fine­ment. Key up­grades across the three core mod­els lines ( XL, XLT and Wild­trak) in­clude a sub­tly up­graded new grille, nose cone and bumper, up­graded front ( new an­tiroll set-up) sus­pen­sion and new spring and damper rates front and rear, key­less en­try and a push but­ton starter up­grade, as well as Lift As­sist now stan­dard on all tail­gates. The sus­pen­sion up­grades have been made to re­duce and bet­ter con­trol roll, with an em­pha­sis on im­prov­ing the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when ful­ly­laden and tow­ing and have been en­gi­neered to work with the across range al­pha­bet soup of driv­e­line elec­tron­ics which in­cludes a Com­pre­hen­sive Dy­namic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol Sys­tem ( DSC) incl. Trailer Sway Con­trol ( TSC), Hill Start As­sist ( HSA), Hill De­scent Con­trol ( HDC) on 4x4 XL, Load Adap­tive Con­trol ( LAC) and Roll Over Mit­i­ga­tion ( ROM)

2019 Ford Ranger XLT Se­ries

The most pop­u­lar model of the Ranger line-up, the XLT, also gets new HID head­lamps and LED day­time-run­ning lights, park­ing sen­sors front and rear and chrome ex­te­rior trim, pri­vacy glass on the ou­side, plus a new-look in­te­rior with SYNC 3 8.0-inch full-colour touch­screen in­cor­po­rat­ing Satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion with MapCare, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto smart­phone com­pat­i­bil­ity and DAB au­dio in­side. While the base model XL re­tains a 2.2 litre four cylin­der ( with auto) en­gine op­tion the XLT line will only be avail­able with the five-cylin­der 3.2 and 6-speed auto trans­mis­sion.

2019 Ford Ranger Wild­trak Se­ries

That said, buy­ers here will have the op­tion of spec­c­ing MY19 Wild­trak with either the ex­ist­ing 147kW/ 470nm 3.2 litre five-cylin­der/ sixspeed auto combo or ( for an ex­tra grand) the all-new bi-turbo 157kW/ 500NM 10-speed auto out of the range-top­ping Rap­tor. As well as stan­dard In­terUr­ban Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing ( AEB) with Ve­hi­cle De­tec­tion and Pedes­trian De­tec­tion and Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol with For­ward Col­li­sion Alert MY 19 Wild­trak also takes the sweat and tears out of park­ing thanks to stan­dard Ac­tive Park As­sist. The driver needs only to ap­ply the throt­tle and brakes, as – at the push of a but­ton - the sys­tem par­al­lel parks the WIld­trak for the driver.

Pric­ing

2019 Ford Ranger Rec­om­mended Re­tail Pric­ing starts at $ 37,990 for a 4x2 XL Sin­gle Cab Chas­sis Cab, 6 speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, 2.2L and heads through $ 63,990 for the sin­gle most pop­u­lar 4x4 XLT Dou­ble Cab Well­side, 6 speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, 3.2L and $ 70,990 for the 4x4 Wild­trak Dou­ble Cab Well­side, six speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, 3.2L, to $ 84,990 for the new 4x4 Rap­tor Dou­ble Cab Well­side, 10 speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, 2.0L BiTurbo.

The new MY19 Ford Ranger Wild­trak.

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