2017 Ford Ranger update announced; SYNC 3, Euro 5 powertrain

Ford Australia is announcing the model year 2017 Ford Ranger update, bringing a number of technology revisions to the increasingly popular ute.

2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrak interior

All models except the XL Plus come standard with a rear-view camera, front parking sensors on the XLT, and SYNC 3 for XLT and Wildtrak grades. There’s also a variety of new driver assist features for the Wildtrak.

Advanced tech for the 2017 Wildtrak includes adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, driver impairment monitoring, auto high-beam, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

All variants receive a minor powertrain upgrade as well to help it pass Euro 5 emissions standards, and there is two new paint colour options (from July 2016); Jet Black (replaces Black Mica) and Meteor Grey (replaces Metropolitan Grey).

Other minor updates include rear parking sensors for all pick-up variants (except XL Plus), along with a standard automatic transmission for the 4×4 XL Super Cab Chassis 3.2L which was only available with a manual.

As for the SYNC 3 upgrade, this is Ford’s latest infotainment interface that promises faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, smartphone-like touch-screen functionality, and improved graphics. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also part of the package.