High Tech Comes to Mid-Size Pickup Trucks


Ford is making a startling claim for the next-generation Ranger: as the smartest Ranger yet, it offers an enhanced user experience that means owners can seamlessly transition from home or work to their vehicle.

Does this mean remote work has arrived in a car? Not quite, but the next-gen Sync 4A infotainment system, large-format screens and digital instrument displays replacing analogue clusters mean the cars behave more like smartphones. For this reason, the company explains, the next-generation Ranger pushes the boundaries of what a smart truck should be, with its customer-focused technology.

“Customers have had an overwhelming response to the new interior design of the Next Generation Ranger and the technologies our teams have incorporated into the interior,” said Graham Pearson, Ranger Vehicle Program Manager. “Ranger will redefine the segment with a premium interior that makes it clear that people don’t have to sacrifice interior comfort or technology just because they want a truck.”

An 8-inch reconfigurable color digital instrument panel helps present more information to the driver than an analog system. Large 10.1 or 12-inch infotainment screens, featuring Sync 4A, helped declutter the dashboard.

Ranger’s class-leading electric parking brake and electronic shifter bring a more technological feel to the interior and provide greater accessibility and space for drivers.

The FordPass app allows owners to use their smartphone to organize things like maintenance scheduling, remote start, vehicle location, vehicle status alerts, remote locking or unlocking and activation of heating or air conditioning at the previously set temperature.

Ford has provided the following information on key Ranger technology features:

Digital display

The next-gen Ranger removed a physical dash for things like the speedometer, replacing them with an 8-inch digital dash that can be customized. These displays feature a start and farewell animation and a digital speedometer and tachometer. The graphics also feature realistic body style avatars.

Depending on the variant, owners can switch between layouts displaying information such as driver assist technologies, tachometer on or off, and additional gauges. There’s also a ‘quiet view’, which removes information on demand from the screen.

As the Next Generation Ranger offers both on-road and off-road drive modes, the instrument panel displays a different theme for each selected drive mode, with animated mode changes as the driver moves from one to the other. ‘other.

Smarter, more intuitive connectivity with Sync 4A

At the heart of the next-generation Ranger’s technology story is the Sync 4A communications and entertainment system. This system offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and displays the latest features used to aid navigation within the Sync 4A system. If the customer has cellular coverage, Sync 4A can provide real-time information such as fuel prices, traffic alerts, etc.

Big screen

Whether the next-gen Ranger comes with a best-in-class 10.1 or 12-inch infotainment screen, there’s a customizable split-screen setup with an always-available on-demand info panel at the bottom of the screen. ‘screen. This displays key information, like navigation, the user’s connected smartphone and more.

The team chose a full-size tablet screen because it allowed for a good representation of navigation while leaving room at the bottom of the screen for things like climate and entertainment controls.

Ford Power Up Updates

The next-generation Ranger will also feature a factory-installed integrated modem allowing on-the-go connectivity when linked to the FordPass app, so customers can stay connected to their truck. Ranger is also designed to evolve over time. Going forward, customers will be able to secure Ford Power-Up Updates, which offer enhancements ranging from updating Sync 4A software to upgrades that improve vehicle quality, capability and convenience without having to need to schedule an interview.

Digital Owner’s Manual

No more searching through hundreds of pages. Next-generation Ranger drivers will be able to access a digital owner’s manual, helpful how-to videos, as well as detailed information on vehicle features and more, all available through the Sync 4A touchscreen.

Fewer buttons, more capabilities

Many traditional drive mode controls have been moved from the dash and center console to their own dedicated display on the Sync screen.

For example, with the press of a single button, drivers can access the Ranger’s dedicated off-road screen where they can monitor transmission, steering angle, vehicle lean, roll angles and other commands. Cabin climate and entertainment can be controlled via the Sync display, with additional physical controls mounted just below the display for quick and easy adjustments.

Look all around

The screen is linked to a 360-degree camera to facilitate parking in tight urban spaces or to help you negotiate particularly difficult terrain during your explorations. The system allows the driver to see what is in front or behind the vehicle as well as a top-down view of the area around the vehicle, including blind spots, for added confidence.

Change speed

The team fitted the top variants of the next-gen Ranger with a short-throw electronic shifter and electric parking brake for a more high-tech feel. This change not only allows greater accessibility for drivers, but also offers the possibility of increasing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as fully automated parking assistance.

keep it charged

The next-generation Ranger now allows customers to keep their smartphone wirelessly charged and connected to Sync 4A via a charger located at the base of the center console. Smartphones can also be charged via a cable on a USB port or with the available 12V/240V sockets and the 400W inverter which powers the box.

Let there be light

Another unique Ranger feature is the new exterior area lighting system, which can be controlled via the Sync 4A display or the FordPass app on smartphones. This area lighting includes headlights, puddle lights, license plate lights and trunk lights. These lights can be controlled as a “zone” or together, meaning owners don’t have to work, camp or do anything in the dark.

In the palm of your hand

The FordPass app makes it easier than ever to connect Ranger owners with their new truck. It allows them to remotely check all sorts of things on their next-gen Ranger like fuel level, odometer, vehicle location and more. It can also be used to activate area lighting, remotely lock or unlock the vehicle, and even remote start to precondition the vehicle’s interior on a hot day or warm it up and defrost the windshield on a cold day. mode, by activating heating or cooling at previously defined temperatures. For your peace of mind, during a remote start, the Ranger remains locked and cannot restart without a valid key being detected.

Superior sound

The next-generation Ranger’s B&O audio system has been subjected to rigorous static and dynamic acoustic testing. The size and placement of the 10 speakers have been specially designed and placed specifically to fill the cabin with rich, emotional sound and maintain both power and clarity even in the roughest terrain. The speaker grilles feature B&O’s signature radiating hole design that blends beautifully with the rest of the Ranger’s interior. The 660-watt amplifier and enveloping soundstage, created by 10 speakers, are balanced by intelligent digital signal processing for a total sound experience, ensuring you never hear a single speaker.

Stay calm

The next-generation Ranger also includes a new air conditioning system with a compressor featuring variable stroke technology. This technology improves refinement by reducing compressor cycling and engine load, resulting in fuel efficiency gains. Owners will be able to access climate controls via Sync 4A or hard buttons at the base of the screen. A new sensor is able to measure cabin temperature and humidity to quickly adjust fan modes and speeds to maintain a comfortable cabin in all weather conditions. For the first time on the Ranger, rear console mounted dampers are available, improving cabin comfort for those seated in the rear.


Comments are closed.