Ford’s ute isn’t done yet, with another nip and tuck before heading to retirement.
The Ford Ranger ute might be fast approaching retirement age, but that hasn’t stopped the Blue Oval from squeezing in a quick facelift.
Although hardly comprehensive, the latest updates to the Ranger, revealed in Thailand, show off a minor styling tweak to keep the Ranger fresh in the eyes of consumers.
Unsurprisingly the revisions are timed perfectly by Ford to steal a little of the limelight from the more seriously updated new Nissan Navara.
The most noticeable change is a revised grille, with the dual-nostril design already announced for the Ranger XLT cab chassis spreading to the Wildtrak, XLT, XL Plus and XL trim grades. As with the current range, each is differentiated by its colour-coding.
Similarly, the Everest SUV takes on the Everest Sport grille across the range. The vehicle also picks up chrome bonnet lettering, chrome door handles and mirror caps and new alloy wheels designs – with many of the revisions already applied to Everest models sold in Australia.
Ranger Wildtrak trades its Bolder Grey exterior highlights on the grille, mirror and assorted body highlights for black adornments, with orange highlight on the grille and sailplane (regardless of exterior colour). Black door handles and black wheels also find their way onto the XLT.
Thailand-specific variants, the XL Plus Sport and XL Street also come in for a similar selection of colour and trim revisions.
The XL Street is an intriguing one, based on the 2.2-litre extra-cab pick-up, Ford’s press package for the new variant points out a Ford Australia designed strip package, inspired by Ford Thailand Racing. Don’t expect to see anything like it in Australia, though.
On the ownership side of things Ford’s Thai customers are now offered a 10 year/150,000km powertrain warranty on the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, and front and rear axles.
There’s a mention that the engine “has been further engineered with upgrades” but no details of what changes have been introduced. Power and torque remain at 157kW and 500Nm respectively.
Ford Australia’s communications director, Matt Moran, told CarAdvice “Ranger and Everest announcements made in Thailand today are specific to that market,” and “the warranty extension program announced is specific to Thailand, and will be offered by Ford Thailand through to the end of the year”.
Although those statements don’t expressly rule out styling or specification adjustments for local models at a later date, Ford’s recent Ranger roll-out is all we’ll see for the moment, including the Raptor-inspired FX4 Max, the XL Special Edition and XLT Fully Loaded, and the other range-wide changes including the roll-out of FordPass Connect and the re-introduction of the Wildtrak X.
Though this latest range of changes for Thailand may only be minor, Ford is expected to roll out an all-new Ranger, co-developed with Volkswagen, in late 2021 or early 2022.
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2021 Ford Ranger and Everest updates revealed in Thailand