All the attention might seem to be on Ford’s performance Ranger Raptor, but the Blue Oval has released a new special edition of the second best-selling vehicle in Australia.
Slotting in between the existing XLS 4×4 and XLT 4×4 models, like any respectable special version the Ranger Sport packs in plenty of extra goodies.
Ford also promises the 4×4 Ranger Sport to be something of a bargain, adding $6,000 worth of equipment for only a $3,500 price increase over the XLS dual-cab.
A choice of five paint colours are on offer, each paired with a special front grille, mirror caps, door handles and 17-inch alloy wheels all of which are finished in black. The tailgate also gains Ranger Sport decals to mark out your rare ride.
The rear bumper is finished in black, and the load bay also benefits from a matte black sports bar and a standard bed liner. Black side steps complete the image makeover.
All Ranger Sports come with the 3.2-litre five-cylinder TDCi engine, producing 147kW and 470Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a six-speed automatic unit optional.
Inside is where the Ranger Sport really stuffs in the extra equipment. Dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, DAB+ digital radio, and voice-activated satellite navigation are all standard.
Ford’s SYNC 3 multimedia system is included, and even allows drivers to plot routes off the beaten track using the ‘breadcrumb’ feature of the sat nav. An 8-inch colour touchscreen controls most functions, whilst the driver also gains a 4.2-inch digital instrument display.
Pricing begins from $52,940 for the manual version, with the automatic starting at $55,140. All Rangers come with Ford’s five-year, unlimited kilometre full factory warranty, along with the Ford Service Benefits program to extend time between services.