Ford has announced a new variant of its popular Ranger ute with the introduction of the Ranger Sport which the company says boasts a distinctive look and higher equipment upgrades.
Ford says the Ranger Sport sits between the Ranger XLS 4×4 and highly equipped Ranger XLT 4×4 models, bringing Australians greater choice with a package that offers the capability and dependability for which Ranger is known.
The Ranger Sport comes with a contrasting black front grille, mirror caps, door handles and black alloy 17-inch wheels, sidesteps, a matte black sports bar and bedliner all as standard, adding to its practicality while bolstering its distinctive looks.
Driver Assist Technology standard on Ranger Sport includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Aid (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High-beam headlights.
Dual-zone climate control is standard as is smart keyless entry and push-button start, DAB+ Radio and a dual 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster as part of the SYNC 3 package which boasts an 8.0-inch full-colour touchscreen, which doubles as high-resolution reversing camera, as well as voice-activated sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capability.
The Ranger XLS Sport 4×4 comes with Ranger’s larger and much loved 3.2-litre common-rail turbo diesel, delivering 147kW/470Nm, with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. This brings a 3,500kg towing capability and 800mm water wading.
The 2019 Ranger Sport has a price tag of $52,940 (manual) and $55,140(automatic), and Ford says that with its upgrades from the XLS it represents an additional $6,000 worth of value over the Ranger XLS for only $3,500 more than a standard Ranger XLS dual-cab 4×4.
It also comes with a five-year, unlimited kilometre full factory warranty./