The Ford Ranger line-up has yet another special edition, as Australia's second-best selling ute approaches the last 12 months or so of its current model cycle.
The Ford Ranger Tradesman is priced from $47,990 drive-away. That's $1000 more than the middle-of-the-range (on price) Ford Ranger XL 4x4 on which it is based, however the company claims the extra equipment is worth more than $5500.
In addition to the standard equipment on the Ford Ranger XL 4x4, the Tradesman edition gains 16-inch black alloy wheels, a black nudge bar with LED light bar, side steps, tow bar and a tub liner.
The Ford Ranger Tradesman is powered by the familiar 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel (147kW/470Nm) and six-speed automatic only. Unfortunately the more powerful and more fuel efficient twin-turbo 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder and 10-speed auto is not an option on this grade.
Buyers who want that engine and transmission combination still need to upgrade to the Ford Ranger XLT or Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
As with the rest of the 4x4 line-up, the Ford Ranger Tradesman has the same part-time four-wheel drive system and lockable rear differential.
Braked towing capacity remains unchanged at 3500kg.
Inside, the Ford Ranger Tradesman comes with Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an 8.0-inch touchscreen.
As with all Ranger models the Tradesman special edition also comes with autonomous emergency braking.
The Ford Ranger Tradesman special edition is offered in six colours, including aluminium silver, arctic white (pictured top of story), blue lightning (pictured above), meteor grey, shadow black and true red.