The Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor now bring Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection as standard across the range, to offer its most comprehensive Driver Assist Technology suite to date.

After introducing AEB as standard on the popular Ranger Wildtrak in late 2018, the technology has been added range-wide as part of a feature update for Ranger models.

“Ranger has established a tradition of providing class-leading technology, which includes being the first pick-up to achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating, and in 2018 we added more powertrain choices and significant Driver Assist Technology coupled with a five-year, 150,000-kilometre warranty,” said Ford New Zealand Managing Director, Simon Rutherford.

“Now, AEB with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Aid, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam is standard on every Ranger, from the entry-level Ranger XL cab-chassis all the way through to the Ford Performance Ranger Raptor.”

The new technology suite comes with a host of smart updates for Ranger and Ranger Raptor, which sees a high level of equipment that spans the complete line-up, including cab-chassis models, building on the Ranger’s five-star ANCAP rating.

Building on the significant changes introduced to Ranger in late 2018, which included an advanced Bi-Turbo, 10-speed powertrain option for Wildtrak and new features such as Semi-Auto Active Park Assist, HID headlamps, Smart Keyless Entry and Tailgate with Lift Assistance, the Ranger line-up has never before offered such a comprehensive array of technology, driver assist and convenience features.

Ranger’s highly-competitive capabilities remain unchanged, including a maximum 1476kg payload, 3500kg towing capability and class-leading 800mm water wading.

The Ranger and Ranger Raptor’s standard Driver Assist Technology suite is the most comprehensive yet offered.

Every model in the Ranger line-up now comes with the following technology as standard equipment with no change in pricing: Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Aid with Driver Alert System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Cruise Control with adjustable speed limiter, Dynamic  Stability Control (DSC) incorporating ABS, Load Adaptive Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Traction Control and Trailer Sway Control, Hill Descent Control, and Hill Launch Assist.

Further improving the entry-level Ranger XL model is an acoustic windscreen. Previously exclusive to the XLT, Wildtrak and Raptor, the acoustic windscreen adds a layer of sound dampening material within the windscreen material, which reduces noise intrusion for greater levels of comfort and refinement.

The Ranger Raptor now has power adjustable front seating as standard, with eight-way power adjustment on both the driver and front-passenger seats. Ford specifically designed the Ranger Raptor’s unique front seats, with additional bolstering and design to match its Ford Performance steering wheel and unique gauge cluster.

The updated Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor have gone on sale in New Zealand Ford dealerships from June 2019.

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