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.

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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.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.