Ford has given its top-selling Ranger ute another series of tweaks and updates, a few months after it standardised autonomous emergency braking across the entire range.
The 2020 model-year upgrades vary depending on which Ranger variant you're talking about, with all due to hit dealers in December.
The big-fleet-focused XL grades can now be had with a $500 factory-fitted heavy duty suspension pack that improves ride and handling for those regularly carrying loads.
While there's no mention of improved payload over the current 1069-1476kg (depending on body type), the thicker rear springs, different dampers at either end, tweaked ABS and ESC, and standard fitment of Bridgestone A/S tyres on 4x2s (they were already on the 4x4s), all make a difference.
"When carrying a typical load of 550kg, for example, the HDS improves bump-stop clearance by 70 per cent (or 25mm) compared to the standard suspension, enhancing the Ranger’s departure angles," Ford claims, adding that demand has come from mining and construction fleet operators.
MY20 versions of the Ranger XL as well as the mid-range XLS now come with more features. Chief among these is the 8.0-inch touchscreen already found in higher grades, using Ford's Sync 3 operating system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
These models also get a USB behind the rear-view mirror to power a dash-cam, such as the Garmin units Ford's dealers sell as an accessory.
Further up the range, the volume-selling XLT gets new 'high performance' Bi-LED headlights in place of the old HID units, giving what Ford claims to be 17 per cent greater low-beam penetration and 20 per cent greater high-beam penetration.
The Wildtrak gets the same Bi-LED headlights but also some other mod-cons including a different 18-inch wheel design option and a nifty new power roller shutter covering your load, which you can control from the key fob, a dash-mounted switch, or a button in the tub.
The power tub cover also adds 80mm of useable length and 20mm of useable height as well, since the design is more compact.
Finally, the hardcore Baja-ready Ranger Raptor gets the XLT/Wildtrak's new LED headlights, plus can now be ordered in a new Ford Performance Blue paint in place of the old Blue Lighting paint. And no, Ford didn't provide images...
In terms of sales, the Ranger continues to dominate. Its 4x2 market share is 12.3 per cent this year, but more impressive is the 4x4 share it holds of 22.1 per cent, equating to 22,108 sales year-to-date. That's even greater than the 4x4 Toyota HiLux (22,033).
To give you an idea of how vital the Ranger is to Ford's Australian operation, it currently contributes 63 per cent of the company's total sales here.
Pictured: 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak