The Ford Ranger will get the FordPass Connect embedded modem as standard on all models from mid-2020 which is intended to improve and simplify the ownership experience.
Ford has announced today that the Ford Ranger from mid-2020 will come standard with its FordPass Connect embedded modem. “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,” Ford said in a statement.
But it’s not just the Ranger that’ll get FordPass Connect, the Everest will also benefit from the embedded modem from mid-2020.
“Ranger continues to lead the way when it comes to giving customers access to new technologies that make their lives easier, and the powerful combination of the FordPass App and FordPass Connect modem takes this one step further,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand. “Ranger and FordPass bring innovation, best-in-class features and real-world convenience to Australia’s best-selling 4X4.”
What is FordPass? This connectivity will allow owners to remote lock and unlock via a smartphone, or check fuel status and tyre pressures as well as mileage. Owners will be able to remote start or stop their vehicle for up to five minutes, as well as check their route to work via live traffic (free for the first three years and it only works on vehicles with SYNC3), and if they’ve parked in a multi-storey carpark, owners will be able to follow a map back to their vehicle, and they’ll be able to set reminders for things like vehicle servicing, lightbulb replacement and more.
Ford hasn’t said whether there’ll be a price increase when FordPass is introduced.