Higher-specification Ranger models will be equipped with Ford’s global Bluetooth Voice Control system shared with the current Focus and Mondeo models. It allows drivers to operate audio, mobile phone, climate control and satellite navigation functions without taking their hands off the steering wheel.The vehicle’s audio system incorporates USB connectivity for iPod, iPhone and other media players, as well as wireless audio streaming.The phone integration system can record voice tags for favourite numbers, make or receive phone calls, and access the mobile’s phone book and dialling history.
The sat-nav is displayed in the five-inch colour screen, and its maps can be updated with an SD card.
Other features to be included in pricier models of the new Ranger include cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, emergency braking hazard lights and a reversing camera with rear-view mirror display.
Ford Asia Pacific and Africa electrical integration manager, Con Papadomanolakis, said the upgrades would put the new Ranger on par with many premium passenger cars.
“Customers who are used to these convenience features from their passenger cars will be delighted to find the same – if not higher – level of comfort in Ranger,” Mr Papadomanolakis said.
The 2011 Ford Ranger is expected to hit Australian showrooms in the third quarter of this year.
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