Last month, Ford Authority exclusively reported that the 2021 Ford Expedition was doing away with its windshield de-icer feature. Now, we’ve learned that the 2021 Ford Ranger is following suit, as Ford has removed its windshield wiper de-icer, or Heated Wiper Pack as it’s otherwise known, from the mid-size pickup.
Previously, this feature was included on the Ford Ranger Lariat 501A package (mid model), but now, it’s not even available as an option at all. Interestingly enough, a handful of other Ford models continue to offer the windshield wiper de-icer feature, including the Ford EcoSport, Ford Edge, Ford F-150, and Ford Super Duty.
Ford’s windshield wiper de-icer is designed to prevent the vehicle’s wipers from freezing to the windshield, a common problem in winter, particularly in areas where temperatures routinely drop below freezing. This keeps the driver from having to manually pull the frozen wipers off the windshield so they can be operable.
Much like traditional rear window defrost systems, the base of the windshield where the wiper blades rest is equipped with a local heating element. The system is designed to clear light snow and ice from the wiper blades in under 10 minutes at minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drivers were also able to use SYNC Connect to activate the windshield wiper de-icer system from their smartphone as part of the FordPass experience. SYNC Connect allows owners to start, lock, unlock, and locate their vehicle from virtually anywhere using a smartphone. Drivers could even schedule a specific time to start their vehicle remotely so it would be ready to hit the road, de-iced and warmed up.
The windshield de-icer feature eliminated the need to pull wiper blades up and away from the vehicle when parking outside at night, and helped keep streaks of water and ice from forming across the windshield when the wipers were in use. That way, ice and snow could be wiped away neatly, leaving the windshield clean and streak-free.
The 2021 Ford Ranger will enter production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant on December 7th, 2020. A handful of changes are in store for Ford’s mid-size pickup, including the introduction of the off-road-focused Ranger Tremor and STX Special Edition Package. As Ford Authority exclusively reported, the 2021 Ranger will also be available with a black Ford logo as part of the Black Appearance Package.