Ford Ranger XL Sport

Ford Australia has introduced new and enhanced Ranger models. Perhaps the most important are improved standard safety features. That’s the good news, the bad news is that they won’t all be in showrooms until late June or sometime in July.

Based on the Ranger 4×2 XL Double Cab, the 4×2 XL SPORT has styling cues from the XLS SPORT and more than $4,500 worth of extra features compared with standard XL.

It features black accent styling, a new black rear bumper and ‘SPORT’ decal on the tailgate. The Ranger 4×2 XL SPORT includes the following SPORT specific features:
Black 16-inch alloy wheels
Black sports bar
Black bedliner
Black side steps
Black grille
Black rear bumper
“SPORT” decal on tailgate.
Buyers will be able to choose from the following colours:
Arctic White
True Red
Note that the following three colours are at an extra cost,
Shadow Black
Meteor Grey
Aluminium Metallic

Ford Ranger XL Sport

Ford Ranger 4×2 XL SPORT Double Cab is powered exclusively by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel with 118kW at 3,200rpm, and 385Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,500rpm, and is only available with a six-speed automatic.

Price is $43,790 plus on-road costs.

Ranger XL 4×4 Heavy Duty Special Edition Double Cab Chassis has the factory fitment of popular accessories to the vehicle.

It’s painted exclusively in Arctic White and combines two previously separate packages into one offering, with nine accessories fitted to enhance its off-road capability, character and value.

It has a factory-fitted Genuine Ford Steel Bull Bar which meets Ford’s stringent engineering and safety standards and has been crash-tested for compatibility with vehicle safety systems, which on XL includes AEB with Pedestrian Detection.

The bull bar has integrated mounting points for driving lights and UHF antennas, and is fitted with an LED light bar and a Ford Genuine fixed-head snorkel.

It has black 17 x 7.5-inch steel wheels with Continental CrossContact All-Terrain tyres. The tyres have been tested against Ford’s tough Trustmark handling requirements, including compatibility with the vehicle’s stability control systems, ensuring maximum capability, safety and performance.

Heavy-Duty suspension has been fitted as standard. This is designed and developed by Ford to improve the Ranger’s ride and handling when carrying heavy loads.

Ford Ranger XL Heavy Duty

Compared to regular Ranger models, the Heavy-Duty suspension sees the fitment of new, thicker springs with a revised spring rate, and new front and rear dampers. The suspension meets Ford’s stringent engineering and safety standards and boasts a bespoke ABS and Electronic Stability Control tune.

Previously a key component of the optional Tech Pack, Adaptive Cruise Control is now standard on the updated Ranger XLT, including both 4×2 and 4×4 Super Cab, Double Cab, and Cab Chassis variants. The inclusion of Adaptive Cruise Control as standard is designed to improve the safety, convenience and value of Ranger XLT.

Ranger 4×4 Heavy Duty Special Edition is priced at $52,790 plus on-road costs.

“Ranger has been designed and engineered in Australia, and our harsh continent is an ideal place to develop, test and test again to ensure Ranger meets Ford’s Tough Done Smarter mantra,” said Andrew Birkic,
President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand.

“With the new XL SPORT and 4×4 XL Heavy Duty Special Edition variants, we’re working hard to ensure that tradies and businesses all across the country have the right equipment and support to get on with the job.

“And our 4×4 XL customers will have even more choice with the inclusion of our premium Bi-Turbo powertrain, while adding Adaptive Cruise Control as standard to XLT, a decision based on customer feedback and Ford Australia’s desire to continually improve our product. These additions will make Ranger even more convenient for those who spend a lot of time on the road.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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