Ford Australia has revealed the top-spec Ranger Platinum, further expanding the Ford Ranger line-up.
The Ranger Platinum takes the Pick-Up to new heights, combining the capability and versatility of Ranger with unique styling and premium features for customers that value outstanding comfort and generous specification to support their active work and family needs.
“We listened hard to our customers throughout the design and development of the Next-Generation Ranger, and in doing so we reinvented the Pick-Up Truck segment,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia.
“We’ve seen growth in high-end variants in this segment over recent years, so we challenged ourselves to create a vehicle that provides all of our customer’s wants and needs.”
“Ranger Platinum gives customers the chance to have their cake and eat it too; they get the Next-Gen Ranger’s inherent capability with a serious dose of class and sophistication,” said Birkic.
Ranger Platinum is available exclusively in five-seat, double cab specification, and is powered by Ford’s 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, producing 184kW and 600 Nm of torque. Power is delivered through the Ranger’s electronically controlled full-time four-wheel drive system, combined with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The result is refined, responsive, confident performance regardless of conditions, and a generous maximum braked towing weight of 3,500kg3, like the whole Ranger line-up.
“Ranger Platinum is focused on owners who need a work truck that combines both premium luxury for the family, and the flexibility of a work truck for their business,” said Ian Foston, chief platform engineer, Ranger. “We’ve really focused on creating a premium exterior and gold-class interior experience with Ranger Platinum.”
Smart on the outside
Key exterior enhancements include a unique grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, ‘Platinum’ hood badging, Silk Chrome trims, Matrix LED headlamps, a damped tailgate which makes lowering the tailgate effortless, and Ford’s ingenious Flexible Rack System (FRS)2. Ranger Platinum will also be available in the Equinox Bronze paint colour4, previously available only on Everest.
“From the new hero paint colour to the design of the 20-inch alloys and the premium Silk Chrome trims, we wanted Ranger Platinum to look like a luxury vehicle,” said Max Tran, chief designer, Ford Ranger.
Smart on the inside
Ranger Platinum boasts premium appointments, like quilted leather accented seats and heated steering wheel. The front seats are heated and ventilated with 10-way power adjust and with memory function for the driver, while the 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and decorative finishes add to the sense of opulence when you get behind the wheel.
Ranger Platinum sets itself apart from other Ranger variants with its Everest-inspired dashboard which features a closed shelf and upper glovebox, while badging on front seats and floor mats round out the interior enhancements.
“From the high-quality leather accented seats to the Everest-inspired dashboard, the Ranger Platinum oozes refinement,” said Nick Eterovic, chief interior designer, Ford Ranger.
Built for work, family, and play
Ranger Platinum is every bit as versatile as its siblings. It will come with Ford’s Flexible Rack System (FRS) which consists of Folding Roof Racks and a first-to-market patent-pending Sliding Load Rack.
The roof racks feature crossbars that swing across the roof when needed, can be adjusted to two different lengths, and then stored away in the roof rails when not being used. The clever Sliding Load Rack can be operated by one person and locks into five different positions along the length of the load box. A pop-up crossbar increases the height of the loading platform to match the Folding Roof Racks.
“The Flexible Rack System has been tested to the same durability standards as Next-Gen Ranger itself and redefines how customers can use their Ranger for work, family, or play. It’s just another example of Ford’s unlimited thinking,” said Nik Tribhuvan, senior engineer, Special Vehicle Engineering.