Ford Philippines sold a total of 14,759 Rangers last year, which accounts for 67 percent of the 21,900 vehicles that Ford sold in total last year. Saying that the Ranger is important to Ford Philippines is an understatement, which is why the American brand is not resting on its laurels. In a bid not to be overtaken by its rivals in terms of sales, Ford has given the Ranger an update for 2020.
Ford maintained the Ranger’s looks for 2020, though it does get a few aesthetic and equipment upgrades both inside and out. Ford’s SYNC3 8.0-inch touch screen infotainment system is now standard in the XLS and XLT variants. Also, Ford has introduced an automatic variant for the XLS Sport.
Updates were also made to the Wildtrak such as the new LED headlights (previous models were HIDs) and new 18-inch alloy wheels. The Wildtrak 4×4 gets the added benefit of a new camera-based automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection and a high-mount USB for dashcams.
The top-of-the-range Ranger Raptor gets a few updates, which include the same LED headlight design seen in the Wildtrak, along with a new camera-based automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection and a high-mount USB for dashcams.
Making the headlines for Ford’s 2020 Ranger line-up is the addition of a new FX4 variant, which gets a host of exterior upgrades. This includes a new front grille that’s similar to the US-market Ranger, albeit finished in gloss black. The front bumper is the same as the XLT, while the rest of the exterior bits, including the new 18-inch wheels, are finished in gloss black. At the back, the FX4 features a sports bar, as well as the obligatory FX4 badging at the tailgate.
Inside, the FX4 gets leather seats, red stitching accents on the seats, doors, gear lever, and soft-padded dashboard, two multi-information displays flanking the analog gauge in the middle, as well as Ford’s SYNC3 8.0-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Other features that the FX4 has include cruise control, rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and electronic stability control.
Under the hood of the Ranger FX4 is the tried-and-tested 2.2-liter Duratorq inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 160 hp and 385 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The launch of the 2020 Ford Ranger line-up also marks the kick-off of the Ford Island Conquest for this year. The event will happen on SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds from January 24 to 26, 2020, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Ford is giving away more than P1.3 million worth of cash discounts and prizes throughout the event.
The Ford Ranger FX4 starts at P1,256,000 for the FX4 MT and P1,316,000 for the FX4 AT. Prices for the rest of the line-up remain unchanged despite the added features.
Wildtrak 2.0 4×4 AT: P1,695,000
Wildtrak 2.0 4×2 AT: P1,455,000
Wildtrak 2.0 4×2 MT: P1,390,000
XLT 2.2 4×2 AT: P1,233,000
XLT 2.2 4×2 MT: P1,173,000
XLS Sport 4×4 MT: P1,211,000
XLS Sport 4×2 MT: P1,062,000
XLS 2.2 4×4 MT: P1,178,000
XLS 2.2 4×2 AT: P1,089,000
XLS 2.2 4×2 MT: P1,029,000