Ford Ranger and Everest get pro trailer backup assist

Ford is set to make towing easier for Ranger and Everest buyers, with the introduction of Pro Trailer Backup Assist – which allows the driver to ‘steer the trailer’, making reversing more intuitive than traditional methods.

To be introduced on the Ranger Wildtrak, Platinum and Raptor vehicles, and available as part of the optional Touring Pack on 4X4 XLT and Sport pick-up variants, it will also be offered as part of the Touring Pack for the 4WD Trend and Sport Everest.

Zone lighting and the black stand-off roof rails that are currently part of that pack become standard items moving forward. On the Platinum series, an optional Pro Towing Pack, includes pro trailer backup assist and the existing Towing pack options.

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The Ranger and Everest are already well setup for towing, with a reversing camera with hitch view, trailer light check and systems like blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage and an integrated brake controller.

This new system helps owners easily and intuitively reverse their trailer once they reach their destination. To activate the system, the driver presses the trailer icon on the drive mode selector dial and then uses the outer ring to steer the trailer.

A special sticker placed on the draw bar helps the system keep track of the trailer angle when it’s being reversed. In addition to the inclusion of Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Ford Australia is announcing enhancements to Ranger variants.

From 2024, the Ranger XL will now come standard with heavy-duty suspension. The previously paid options of the Tech and Towing packs on the XLS become standard. This adds a tow bar and tongue, trailer light check, and integrated trailer brake controller.

Extended blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage, body colour door handles, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone climate, rear seat air vents and an upgraded SYNC 4A7 infotainment system with voice controls, sat-nav and digital radio, all feature.

In addition, the Ranger Sport and Wildtrak can be optioned with the flexible rack system found on the Platinum, and Wildtrak X special edition. Ford has also made a number of other changes to both the Everest and Ranger line-ups.

The Everest Trend and Sport gain zone lighting and black stand-off roof rails, while the XL bi-turbo dual-cab cab-chassis 4X2, XLS bi-turbo dual-cab pick-up 4X2, and XL bi-turbo super-cab pick-up 4X2 all exit the range completely.

The Wildtrak X special edition will end its production run with the 2024 model, and the Everest Trend RWD is also no longer be available. Available from March, the 2024.5 offerings kick off with the 4×2 XL single cab chassis (2.0-litrez) at $36,880 plus on-roads.

The range tops out with the 4WD Platinum Double Cab pickup (3.0-litre V6), at $79,390 and the performance focused Raptor at $89,190 – both plus on-roads. To find out more, contact your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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