Modest price increases will accompany the transition to facelifted versions of the country’s best-selling one-tonne ute ... except if you're buying into the new engine.
RANGER Wildtrak fans keen to sample their choice with the new, more powerful 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine and 10-speed automatic will effectively cop the biggest premium when the facelifted family comes here in October.
Whereas the new 157kW/500Nm engine, otherwise restricting to the Ranger Raptor, will carry a $1000 premium over the 3.2-litre, the latter also climbs in price by $1350 over its predecessor.
Other editions continuing with the incumbent five and four-cylinder engines seem to cop more price increases between old and new equivalents.
However, there are lineup changes, too, with versions – all powered by the order-only 118kW/385Nm 2.2-litre entry engine - that previously provisioned in manual only format now coming with a six-speed auto only.
Ranger will ride in with a minor change to its looks, some more equipment and chassis revisions, mainly to improve the ride.
The line-up starts with the low-riding 4x2 2.2-litre single-cab chassis workhorse at $37,990 plus-on-road costs, against $36,040 previously (when it was manual).
It tops out at $84,990 for the Raptor, whose engine also goes into a Wildtrak costing $71,990.
The 147kW/470Nm five-cylinder Wildtrak is now a $70,990 buy-in, having previously cost $69,640. Australia also offers the Raptor engine in its XLT Ranger, but Ford NZ says it decided not to follow suit to avoid unnecessary complexity.
Raptor and Wildtrak are the only derivatives with automated emergency braking.
The big changes across the board are suspension upgrades, implementation of an easy-lift tailgate, rear parking sensors (on the pick-up, not cab-chassis), and a restyled cabin interior.
The mid-range XLS gains front parking sensors, the XLT achieveas a fresh face, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and push-button start and more decoration within the cabin.
Wildtrak also gets a new fascia plus LED foglights, power-lock tailgate, AEB, park assist, traffic sign recognition and partial-leather heated front seats.
Meantime, Ford has also confirmed that the Everest, arriving at year-end, will also now have the bi-turbo 2.0-litre engine and 10-speed box.