The XLS is available only as a dual-cab ute, with a 3.2-litre engine and manual or automatic transmission. It sits above the XL and XL Plus, and under the XLT and Wildtrak in the Ranger line-up.
Our 3.2-litre auto test car has a price-as-tested of $55,590. That pricing could stand to have a few grand chopped off it to better reflect what buyers can expect to pay for similar-spec rival dual-cab utes.
As standard, it has the SYNC multimedia system (with a 4.2-inch colour screen, emergency assistance, USB/iPod connectivity and more), radio/CD with six speakers, power windows, 230-volt power inverter and 12-volt power outlet, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted buttons, electronic locking differential, inner and outer tie-down points, tray illumination, rear view camera, rear parking sensors and more.
The XLS also has body-coloured bumpers, front fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels (plus full-size steel spare) on off-road-friendly 16-inch tyres, carpet floor with floor mats (front and rear), a high-mounted rear stop light and more.
XLT and Wildtrak models have tyre-pressure monitoring as standard, but no Rangers yet have auto emergency braking.
The 2019 XLS models, set to arrive later this year, will get front parking sensors, chrome grille and door handles, dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry with push-button start. XLS buyers will also have the option to get a $1950 'Sync 3' package, which includes an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.