Can 2017 Ford Ranger XLT finally surpass Toyota Hilux?

Ford pickups have maintained its dominance in North America for over 3 decades. It was always a step ahead with its power, looks and tech upgrades. Internationally, however, the brand loses out to the likes of Toyota, especially in the 4X4 cab segment. Recently, the automaker announced its 2017 Ford Ranger XLT, which the Australian boss of Ford claimed to be “at a striking distance from Hilux.”

2017 Ford Ranger XLT

What has Ford done?

Instead of going over the edge and bringing its 925 lb-ft torque engine to the international market, the automaker has decided to update the infotainment of its Ford Ranger XLT 2017. It took out the SYNC 2 and placed an SYNC 3 along with a reverse camera. This means better display, faster processing and premium safety.

Expect an 8.0-inch display with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The pickup will also boast trailer control, automatic parking assist and even advanced voice activated navigation control. Along with these, the 2017 Ford Ranger XLT brings two new shades of black and grey replacing the previous ones.

EPA has improved as well, which now stands at 26 mpg on a combined basis. Ford claims that its engine now follows Euro 5 standards with a little bit of tuning here and there. So, if the Americans are really out to take on Toyota Hilux, it has definitely ticked the right boxes.

2017 Ford Ranger XLT Rear view

2017 Ford Ranger XLT Engine Options

That includes powertrain, interior design and external looks. Under its hood, Ford Ranger XLT 2017 retains the 3.2-liter diesel engine with turbocharging. This will continue to generate a modest maximum power output of 200 HP. Torque figures, however, continue to impress at around 340 lb-ft. Transmission system remains 6-speed automatic.

2017 Ford Ranger XLT retains its intimidating front grille, trapezoidal headlights and square-shaped nose. XLT exclusive tech features like rain sensing wipers, 4-inch instrument cluster display, parking sensors and automatic climate control. Lights will be LED, and seats will come with heating features.

Price and Packages

XLT will start at around 57,500 AUD. For an extra $800, Ford will provide features like lane keep assist, pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. If blind spot monitoring and tire pressure monitoring are to be included, expect this figure to reach almost around 60,000 AUD.

Volkswagen Amarok and Nissan Navara both start at around $54,000. Although Ford soars ahead of its competitors in the price domain, the automaker also promises a pickup that has undetectable faults. Towing capacity surpasses the V6 of Amarok and technology definitely beats Navara. As for Hilux, 2017 Ford Ranger XLT may just take over its “best-selling” tag at last.

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