Based on the $46,390 4x4 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.
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.
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 4x4 XL Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2L manual – $46,390
Ford Ranger 4x4 XLS Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2L manual – $48,090
Ford Ranger 4x4 XLT Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2L manual – $53,390