Ford announces Platinum Ranger after record sales

Ford Australia has revealed the top-spec Ranger Platinum.

Considered a further expansion of the Ford Ranger line-up, the Ranger Platinum takes the Pick-Up to new heights according to Ford, 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, Ford Australia President and CEO,.

“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 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.

Like the whole Ranger line-up, maximum braked towing weight is rated to 3,500kg.

“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, Ranger Chief Platform Engineer.

“We’ve really focused on creating a premium exterior and gold-class interior experience with Ranger Platinum.”

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, Ford Ranger, Chief Designer.

Ranger Platinum will come with Ford’s Flexible Rack System 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.

Ford Ranger Platinum with boat in tow.
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