Ford’s playing safe with the Ranger updates but the changes highlight the push towards premium pick-ups. Expect to see the opposition try to counter that move.
serious caravaners but the ride doesn’t feel any more plush at the front when tackling corrugated roads.
The lane-keep assist does what is says but it lightens the steering dramatically as it redirects the Ranger back between the lines.
We didn’t — thankfully — test the autonomous emergency braking, which includes pedestrian detection at up to 60km/h.
Steering feedback is up there with the Volkswagen Amarok. The Ranger generally feels far more civilised than a workhorse has any right to be.
Off-road progress is limited only by the dualpurpose tyres. Fit a decent set of all-terrain rubber with a more aggressive tread pattern and the Ranger will be hugely capable on dirt, clay and rock, aided by its 237mm ride height and (conservative) 800mm wading ability.
New colours, materials and stitching improve the cabin ambience, though this is among the few areas where the Ranger still shows its utilitarian heritage, a trait common to most utes.
Expect to see soft-touch plastics roll out on new models in the coming years as the pick-up segment aligns with SUVs in terms of comfort and convenience.