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by David Zalstein

The Ford Ranger XLS has been released, adding a new feature-packed model to the ute’s already extensive range.

Based on the $46,390 4×4 XL Double Cab Pick-Up with its 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission, the new $48,090 Ford Ranger XLS bridges the gap between entry level XL and mid-spec XLT, with the $1700 premium bringing with it altered exterior touches and improved interior comfort.

Features include a silver radiator grille, front foglights, body-coloured mirror housings, 16-inch alloy wheels, a locking rear differential, and carpeted floor coverings.

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Carried over as standard from the Ford Ranger XL to the new XLS are cruise control, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, 3.5-inch multi-function display, inner and outer tie-down hooks, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control buttons, and four-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support.

The five-star ANCAP safety rated Ranger ute also receives driver and front-passenger airbags, side and curtain airbags, dynamic stability control with anti-lock brakes and emergency brake assist, trailer sway control, roll-over mitigation, hill start Assist, hill descent control and load adaptive control – the latter providing optimal vehicle stability depending on the load carried.

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Automatic headlights, 12-volt auxiliary power sockets and a manually lockable tailgate join the Ranger’s 3500kg towing capacity – equal segment leader with the Mazda BT-50 and Holden Colorado.

The Ford Ranger XLS, which takes the number of Ford Ranger variants to 22, will be available from May 2013.

Ford Ranger manufacturer’s list pricing:

Ford Ranger 4×4 XL Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2L manual – $46,390
Ford Ranger 4×4 XLS Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2L manual – $48,090
Ford Ranger 4×4 XLT Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2L manual – $53,390




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