Auckland, 12 February 2020 – The multi award-winning Ford Ranger will bring buyers another innovative first when FordPass Connect embedded modem is standardised across the Ford Ranger line-up in mid-2020. This ‘connected car’ technology pairs with the FordPass smartphone app to unlock a range of new connected services and remote vehicle functions to simplify the ownership experience.
Building on Ranger’s ever-expanding technology suite and feature updates, offering an embedded modem as standard across the line-up is another ‘first’ for Ranger, with others including standard Autonomous Emergency Braking on all body types, including entry-level cab chassis, in addition to a five-star ANCAP safety rating, and best-in-class payload and towing capabilities.
The off-road capable seven-seat Ford Everest SUV will also come with an embedded modem as standard from mid-2020.
“Ranger continues to lead the way in so many categories. By giving customers access to new technologies that make their lives easier, Ranger with the powerful combination of the FordPass App and FordPass Connect modem takes this yet another step further,” said Simon Rutherford, Managing Director, Ford New Zealand. “Ranger and FordPass bring innovation, best-in-class features and real-world convenience to the New Zealand’s most popular new vehicle.”
While the Ford Ranger and Everest will be spearheading the new technology in this market, additional FordPass connected models will be announced in due course.
“Innovation for our customers’ benefit is at the heart of everything we do,” said Simon Rutherford. “FordPass Connect will be rolled out across the Ford showroom in 2020, as we bring the technology to all vehicle types, across all models and all price points. We want every Ford customer to be able to benefit from this great connected technology.”
FordPass Connect: joining the dots so you don’t have to
FordPass brings an array of convenient remote vehicle functionality and connected services to make life simpler for Ford owners, such as remote vehicle lock and unlock.
FordPass also features a number of services that are designed to simplify customers’ ownership experience, placing key vehicle information in the palm of their hand. These include access to roadside assistance[i], check their recent service history[ii], their owners’ manual, and even a convenient way to get in touch with a ‘Ford Guide’, who can assist – by phone or email – with any queries about connected services.
When used together, key features of FordPass and FordPass Connect include:
FordPass and FordPass Connect embedded modem build on the Ford Ranger ownership experience, which already brings Ford Service Benefits including Service Loan Cars as well as SYNC 3 sat-nav mapping updates where available.
Further market details will be announced closer to the arrival of FordPass Connect for Ford Ranger in mid-2020.
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