The local Ford Ranger line-up has been expanded with the addition of the new fleet-focused four-wheel-drive XL Plus variant.

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Starting at $46,280 and available in single- and double-cab chassis and double-cab pick-up body styles, Ford says the Ranger 4x4 XL Plus has been specifically developed to “fulfil the needs of the mining industry, key government agencies, as well as private Ranger customers".

With these sectors in mind, the new Ford Ranger 4x4 XL Plus features a locking rear differential, 3500kg-rated tow bar, 4x4 shields, moulded black bumpers, mud flaps and 17-inch steel wheels with all-terrain Continental tyres.

Daytime running lights, running boards (double-cab only) and heavy duty canvas seat covers also feature in the XL-based model, along with an expanded wiring harness, a second battery and a second battery isolator. A steel bull bar is optional and does not affect the model's five-star ANCAP safety rating.

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The Ranger's existing 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission carry over, as do Bluetooth connectivity and cruise control.

On sale from May, the new Ford Ranger 4x4 XL Plus joins a revised 2014 range that also now adds side airbags to the 2.2-litre four-cylinder petrol-powered 4x2 XL single-cab chassis – now up $650 – and satellite navigation to 4x2 and 4x4 XLT variants – up $500.

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2014 Ford Ranger range:

Ford Ranger 4x2 XL single cab chassis 2.2L now with side airbags – $24,390 (+$650)

Ford Ranger 4x2 XL single cab chassis 2.2L Hi-Rider – $28,740

Ford Ranger 4x2 XL single cab pick-up 2.2L – $24,740

Ford Ranger 4x2 XL super cab chassis 2.2L Hi-Rider (AT) – $33,240

Ford Ranger 4x2 XLT super cab pick-up 3.2L Hi-Rider (AT) now with sat-nav – $44,240 (+$500)

Ford Ranger 4x2 XL double cab chassis 2.2L Hi-Rider (AT) – $35,990

Ford Ranger 4x2 XL double cab pick-up 2.2L Hi-Rider – $34,990

Ford Ranger 4x2 XLT double cab pick-up 3.2L Hi-Rider now with sat-nav – $44,990 (+$500)

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL single cab chassis 2.2L – $38,390

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL single cab chassis 3.2L – $40,890

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL Plus single cab chassis 3.2L (AT) – $46,280 (New Model)

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL super cab chassis 3.2L – $43,390 Ford Ranger 4x4 XL super cab pick-up 3.2L – $44,390

Ford Ranger 4x4 XLT super cab pick-up 3.2L now with sat-nav – $51,890 (+$500)

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL double cab chassis 2.2L – $42,890

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL double cab pick-up 2.2L – $43,890

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL double cab chassis 3.2L – $45,390

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL Plus double cab chassis 3.2L (AT) – $51,760 (new model)

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL double cab pick-up 3.2L – $46,390

Ford Ranger 4x4 XL Plus double cab pick-up 3.2L (AT) – $52,760 (new model)

Ford Ranger 4x4 XLS double cab pick-up 2.2L – $45,590

Ford Ranger 4x4 XLS double cab pick-up 3.2L – $48,090

Ford Ranger 4x4 XLT double cab pick-up 3.2L now with sat-nav – $53,890 (+$500)

Ford Ranger 4x4 Wildtrak double cab pick-up 3.2L – $57,390