Upgraded ute range here in September from $27,990

Ford Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for the updated 2019 Ranger ute, with the refreshed range to kick off at $27,990 before on-road costs.

While the upgrades announced last week focus mainly on the high-spec variants – which Ford tells us make up the majority of Ranger sales – there are changes, big and small, across all trim levels.

Kicking off the line-up is the entry-level XL Series, which is available in single-, super- and double-cab body styles. Priced from $27,990 (all prices exclude on-road costs), the base model sees an increase of $300, though some of that has been offset by new equipment.

These new features include an easy-lift tailgate (pick-up only), upgraded suspension which the company claims to reduce and better control roll for an improved driving experience when fully-laden or towing, a full-colour rear-view camera with rear parking sensors (pick-up only), along with new interior trims.

Other kit includes 16-inch steel wheels, inner tie-downs (pick-up only), load rest (pick-up only), manual air conditioning, vinyl floors, power windows, a 230V inverter (double- and super-cab), automatic headlights, a Sync 1 audio system with 4.2-inch colour display, Bluetooth, CD player, AUX/USB/iPod integration, a locking rear differential (4x2 Hi-Rider and 4x4 models), cruise control with speed limiter, along with the usual suite of electronic aids like stability control, trailer sway control, hill descent control (4x4 only), and roll over mitigation.

XL variants are offered with both the 118kW/385Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Stepping up to the XLS Series (from $49,190, +$300) brings front parking sensors (new), 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog-lights, carpeted floors and front floor mats. Also new to the XLS is the option of the Sync 3 Pack ($1950), which adds an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, along with a chrome grille and door handles.

The XLS range is exclusively available with the 3.2-litre diesel, in both manual ($49,190) and automatic ($51,390) guises.

Next is the XLT Series (from $50,290, +$2700) which is the most popular variant and arguably the subject of the most upgrades. It appears the manual versions of the 4x2 XLT have been dropped, hence the significant jump in price of entry.

Headlining the MY19 changes for XLT models is the availability of the Ranger Raptor's 157kW/500 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel ($1200) mated as standard to a 10-speed automatic, and the availability of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and semi-autonomous parking as part of the Tech Pack ($1700).

Other changes include a restyled front grille, fascia and bumper, HID headlights with LED daytime-running lights, keyless entry with push-button start, idle stop/start (N/A on 3.2L auto), and a new 'ebony' interior with upgraded finishes.

That's on top of 17-inch alloy wheels, tow bar, chrome exterior highlights, privacy glass, rear step bumper with chrome inserts, power-fold exterior mirrors, a 12V socket in the bed liner, the 8.0-inch Sync 3 navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, electrochromic rear-view mirror, and tyre pressure monitoring.

Available optionally is the aforementioned Tech Pack, which adds inter-urban AEB with pedestrian detection, park assist, traffic sign recognition (new), driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, along with auto high-beam. There's also the Leather Pack for $1650 (double cab only), and the option of 18-inch alloys from the Wildtrak finished in black ($750, new).

Finally, sitting atop the range is the Wildtrak (from $60,590+$1000). Like the XLT, the Wildtrak is available with the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel and 10-speed automatic from the Raptor ($1200), and comes standard with the 3.2-litre oiler.

New equipment for the 2019 model year includes revised frontal styling, LED fog-lights, a power-locking tailgate, inter-urban AEB with pedestrian detection, semi-autonomous park assist, traffic sign recognition, 'ebony' cabin treatment with upgraded finishes, black partial leather seating, and heated front pews.

Buyers can also opt for black 18-inch alloys ($500, new), while carryover features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane-keep assist, auto high-beam, tyre pressure monitoring, side steps with brushed inserts, a Wildtrak sports bar, puddle lights, and a roller shutter for the bed.

All versions of the Ranger ask for an extra $600 should buyers want prestige paint.

Towing capacity is rated at 3500 kilograms for 3.2-litre and 2.0-litre bi-turbo variants, along with all 2.2-litre versions bar the 4x2 XL Low Rider (2500kg).

As recently announced, the Ranger line-up is covered by Ford's new five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty – which is unique in the dual-cab ute segment – in conjunction with capped-price servicing and up to seven years of MapCare updates for models equipped with Sync 3.

Note: We're still waiting for more images of the MY19 Ranger. XLT variant shown

2019 Ford Ranger pricing

4x2

  • XL Single C/C Low Rider – $27,990 (2.2L 6MT)
  • XL Single C/C Hi-Rider – $33,690 (2.2L 6AT)
  • XL Super C/C Hi-Rider – $36,190 (2.2L 6AT)
  • XL Double C/C Hi-Rider – $38,190 (2.2L 6AT)
  • XL Double P/Up Hi-Rider – $39,690 (2.2L 6AT)
  • XLT Double P/Up Hi-Rider – $50,290 (3.2L 6AT)
  • XLT Double P/Up Hi-Rider – $51,490 (2.0L 10AT)

4x4

  • XL Single C/C – $41,890/$44,090 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
  • XL Super C/C –$44,390/$46,590 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
  • XL Super P/Up – $48,090 (3.2L 6AT)
  • XL Double C/C – $46,090 (2.2L 6AT)
  • XL Double P/Up – $47,590 (2.2L 6AT)
  • XL Double C/C – $46,390/$48,590 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
  • XL Double P/Up – $47,890/$50,090 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
  • XLS Double P/Up – $49,190/$51,390 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
  • XLT Super P/Up – $56,190 (3.2L 6AT)
  • XLT Super P/Up – $57,390 (2.0L 10AT)
  • XLT Double P/Up – $55,990/$58,190 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
  • XLT Double P/Up – $59,390 (2.0L 10AT)
  • Wildtrak Double P/Up – $60,590/$62,790 (3.2L 6MT/6AT)
  • Wildtrak Double P/Up – $63,990 (2.0L 10AT)

Options

  • Prestige paint (all models) – $600
  • Sync 3 Pack (XLS) – $1950
  • Tech Pack (XLT) – $1700
  • Leather Pack (XLT) – $1650
  • 18-inch wheels (XLT, Wildtrak) – $750/$500 (XLT/Wildtrak)
  • 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine/10-speed auto – $1200 (XLT/Wildtrak)

All prices exclude on-road costs