Ford’s Ranger ute is ready to get to work.
The Blue Oval introduces a new Tradie special version that adds extra value to the popular double cab Ranger ute.
The Tradie version, based on the all-wheel drive XL double cab variant, costs $ 47,990, which means a savings of more than $ 4000 from the recommended price.
Power comes from Ford’s proven 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel unit producing 147kW and 470Nm and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
It has a carrying capacity of more than one ton and a pulling capacity of 3500kg with brakes.
Ford increased the Tradie’s value by adding extra hardware such as a bearing liner, a factory-fitted towbar, LED light bar, nudge bar and 16-inch black alloy wheels to protect the tray.
Ranger is covered by a five-year / unlimited mileage warranty and the first four services are limited to $ 299 each.
Ford increased Tradie’s service competence with a free rental car and membership in your local state-based auto club’s roadside assistance program.
Tech-savvy buyers have a lot to like, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford Pass technology allows owners to lock, unlock, remotely start and turn on or heat the air conditioning remotely via the Ford Pass app.
Ford’s Ranger ute has been the second best-selling vehicle in the country, behind the Toyota HiLux in the past few years.
And the special editions proved to be an important part of this success by expanding the brand’s limited run range, including the high-spec Wildtrak X and FX4 editions.
Special editions help keep the aging Ranger fresh as it faces tough competition with a reworked HiLux and the excellent Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 twins, all arriving in 2020.
Full-size US trucks from Ram and Chevrolet continue to be popular and are at the top of the ute market.