Giving an added leg-up to the sales momentum of the 2016 Ford Ranger, the company has announced a Special Edition variant of the XLS dual cab which throws in an extra $4900 worth of equipment for just $2500 extra.
The XLS Special Edition arrives with side-steps, bed and tailgate liner, 3500kg-rated towbar and a rear sports bar from the Ford Genuine Accessories range fitted as standard.
That’s on top of the regular standard XLS equipment, which includes single-zone climate control, automatic headlights, cloth seat trim, cruise control with speed limiter, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
XLS Special Edition models will arrive as 2017 model year vehicles, meaning the recently added rear park sensor and rear view camera package will also be included as standard.
Ford is not shy about the fact that the Special Edition is designed to push Ranger 4x4 past the Toyota HiLux. It is, in fact, not far adrift, with Ranger 4x4 sales just 172 units behind HiLux 4x4 to the end of July.
The Ranger XLS Special edition will be available as a dual-cab pick-up only, with a six-speed manual priced from $49,990 driveaway or six-speed automatic from $52,190 driveaway - a $2500 step-up compared to the regular XLS.