The 2015 Ford Ranger PX MkII line-up due to launch in a few months time will command price increases almost entirely across the board.
Revised pricing for Ford’s 37-strong Ranger line-up (factoring in different engines, transmissions and body styles) sees the 11-model 4×2 line-up increasing by between $1400 and $3650. The new price of entry to the range is $27,390 plus on-road costs for the 4×2 cab chassis, up $3000.
Pricing on the more popular 4×4 variants, of which there are 26 options, is up by a more modest margin, between $200 and $700. A few versions are actually unchanged. Interestingly, the Wildtrak flagship becomes the first Ranger to crack a $60,000 list price, at $60,090 plus on-road costs.
Ford has also upped the price of the optional six-speed automatic transmission by $200, to $2200.
Those wanting the Tech Pack on the XLT, which adds a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane assist, will have to pay $1100. The Wildtrak gets the reversing camera standard, but adding the other parts of the Tech Pack to that car costs $600.
By comparison, the new Toyota HiLux, likewise due in a few months time, will come standard with a reversing camera — though Ford counters by spruiking its market-topping list of other driver assist technologies (that you have to pay extra for, we’d add).
As you may recall, two weeks ago, Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman boldly said: “You can buy a best-seller or cheaper alternative but nothing as good as the Ford Ranger”.
Ranger sales are indeed flying this year. It has 10,772 sales YTD, up about 5.0 per cent on 2014’s record. At the same time, the ageing and soon-to-be-replaced HiLux has fallen about 2.5 per cent to 14,500.
The addition of the aforementioned luxury car features will no doubt appeal to the growing number of people buying commercials as second family vehicles. More than one-in-three Ranger buyers opts for the top-line XLT or Wildtrak versions.
As we have reported, new features added to various spec levels include Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system with a WiFi hotspot, all the requisite connectivity and an eight-inch touchscreen, a new sat-nav system, and electric (rather than hydraulic) power steering.
The cabin itself has also come in for a design makeover that makes it more car-like than before. It notably gets those soft-touch plastics we’re always talking about. Externally, there’s also a new grille and headlight design.
The core selling points remain — a braked towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes and a wading depth of 800mm on 4×4 versions. The 147kW/470Nm (between 1750 and 2500rpm) 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is unchanged, though the 2.2-litre four-pot is uprated to 118kW/385Nm (between 1600 and 2500rpm).
Both engines still come with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions — the latter of which now gets fuel-saving idle-stop technology on 4×2 Hi-Rider and 4×4 iterations.
The revised Ranger will arrive in the third quarter of 2015, and will be joined a few months after by the new HiLux. Also due is an updated Mazda BT-50 (based on the same platform as the Ranger), while a new Mitsubishi Triton has just launched. The ute segment, it’s safe to say, is running hot.
Australia’s Product Development and Broadmeadows-based Design Centre took the lead in the design and development of the refreshed 2015 PX Ranger MkII, as well as the original PX Ranger.
It is now sold in more than 180 countries. Ford in Australia is investing more than any other car company in Australia – more than $300 million in 2015 on top of almost $2 billion over the past six years – to ensure its design and development facilities continue to play a lead role in Ford globally. The Ranger is still made in Thailand.
2015 Ford Ranger MkII pricing (plus on-road costs):
XL Single Cab Chassis 2.2L MT $27,390
XL Single Cab Chassis 2.2L Hi-Rider MT $30,890
XL Single Cab Chassis 2.2L Hi-Rider AT $33,090
XL Single Cab Pick-up 2.2L MT $28,390
XL Super Cab Chassis 2.2L Hi-Rider AT $35,590
XL Double Cab Chassis 2.2L Hi-Rider AT $37,590
XL Double Cab Pick-up 2.2L Hi-Rider MT $36,390
XL Double Cab Pick-up 2.2L Hi-Rider AT $38,590
XLT Super Cab Pick-up 3.2L Hi-Rider AT $46,690
XLT Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L Hi-Rider MT $46,490
XLT Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L Hi-Rider AT $48,690
XL Single Cab Chassis 2.2L MT $38,790
XL Single Cab Chassis 3.2L MT $41,290
XL Single Cab Chassis 3.2L AT $43,490
XL Plus Single Cab Chassis 3.2L AT $46,480
XL Super Cab Chassis 3.2L MT $43,790
XL Super Cab Pick-up 3.2L MT $44,790
XL Double Cab Chassis 2.2L MT $43,290
XL Double Cab Chassis 2.2L AT $45,490
XL Double Cab Pick-up 2.2L MT $44,290
XL Double Cab Pick-up 2.2L AT $46,490
XL Double Cab Chassis 3.2L MT $45,790
XL Double Cab Chassis 3.2L AT $47,990
XL Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L MT $46,790
XL Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L AT $48,990
XL Plus Double Cab Chassis 3.2L AT $51,960
XL Plus Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L AT $52,960
XLS Double Cab Pick-up 2.2L MT $45,590
XLS Double Cab Pick-up 2.2L AT $47,790
XLS Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L MT $48,090
XLS Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L AT $50,290
XLT Super Cab Pick-up 3.2L MT $52,390
XLT Super Cab Pick-up 3.2L AT $54,590
XLT Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L MT $54,390
XLT Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L AT $56,590
Wildtrak Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L MT $57,890
Wildtrak Double Cab Pick-up 3.2L AT $60,090
2015 Ford Ranger MkII new features:
Tech Pack Option on XLT and Wildtrak:
Specifications by variant:
Ranger XL Plus – XL features plus:
Ranger XLS – XL features plus:
Ranger XLT – XLS features plus:
Ranger Wildtrak – XLT features plus: