Ford has been working on a facelift of its global models Ford Ranger and Ford Everest for quite some time now. Now, recently, a few spy grabs of the ‘soon to be launched’ models has surfaced online in an Australian website caradvice.
The website has managed to share the images of 2018 Ford Ranger XLT and Wildtrak along with Ford Everest, undergoing testing in the Australian state of Victoria. The test mules reveal a host of changes which the facelifts shall undergo.
The first Ranger under discussion is meant for US markets. This version utilizes a modified version of the T6 Ranger platform and can be seen with rear disc brakes, incorporation of coil spring suspension and might also have a host of new engines under the hood for the US market.
The other Ranger in discussion is meant more for the Asia pacific region and utilizes the same T6 platform that the current generation Ranger is based on. It utilizes a modified front end design and also incorporates extra safety features and tech. The update will retain the same suspension and chassis setup as the current model it is based on.
The new set of features on the facelifted Ford Ranger includes a new LIDAR module for enhanced cruise control and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a front camera for pedestrian and animal detection, keyless entry, LED daytime running lights, a corner mounted sonar sensor for semi automatic parking, a new front end design and relocation of the aerial from the front of the cab to the rear.
Expect Ford to retain the same set of engines doing duty in the current generation Ranger for the Asia Pacific specific model. Obviously, Ford might tune the engine to extract more power but offer better mileage from the same 2.2 litre and 3.2 litre diesel engines.
The Ford Everest, meanwhile, is expected to get the same front end treatment as that of the to be facelifted Ford Ranger. If you are wondering what the fuss on Ford Everest and Ranger is all about, the Ford Everest is sold as Ford Endeavour in India. Launched back in 2014, the Ford Endeavour can help itself with a mid-life facelift and the heavily updated Ford Everest / Endeavour might reach Indian shores by second half of 2018.