If private buyers and small businesses can't find satisfaction in the expansive 21-model Ranger family, Ford has a new 22nd option that might be just the ticket.
Priced at $48,090 (plus on-roads), the XLS is based on the 4x4 XL double-cab 3.2 litre model, equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.
Briding the gap between the XL and XLT models, the XLS gains a locking rear differential, 16-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, and carpeted floor coverings.
Other additional exterior styling tweaks include a silver-accented radiator grille and body-coloured mirror housings.
“We’re excited to be able to offer the XLS to our customers, many of whom have been asking for a mid-range model between the XL and XLT,” Ford Australia General Manager Marketing, David Katic, said.
The 4x4 XLS shares the following standard equipment with the 4x4 XL Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2 litre:
- 147kW/470Nm TDCi Duratorq engine
- Equal segment-leading 3500kg towing capacity
- 6-speed manual transmission
- Cruise control
- Power windows and mirrors
- Remote central locking with volumetric alarm
- 3.5’’ ice blue multi-function display
- Inner and outer tie-down hooks
- Steering wheel mounted audio / cruise control buttons
- Overhead console
- 4-way manual driver seat adjuster with lumber support
- Driver and front-passenger airbags, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) incorporating ABS with Emergency Brake Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control and Load Adaptive Control
- 2 child seat upper anchorage points
- 12-volt auxiliary power sockets
- Automatic headlamps
- Manual locking tailgate
The new Ranger has proved a popular offering for Ford, with year-to-date sales doubling to 3188 by the end of February, compared to 1414 for the same period in 2012.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
The Ranger XLS is priced at $48,090 in Australia. It is available from May.