Ford has announced pricing for its Ranger 4X4 XLS Special Edition, due to arrive in September.
At $49,990 for the six-speed manual and $52,190 for the six-speed auto transmission the Special Edition will cost $2500 more than its XLS Double Cab Pick-Up basis.
The Special Edition comes with all of the XLS's standard features but also gains a sports bar, tow bar, side steps, plus a bed and tailgate liner. Ford says the accessories add $4900 worth of value.
Powered by the familiar 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the XLS Special Edition has the same braked tow rating of 3500kg applied to other 4x4 and 4x2 HiRider variants.
The special edition will accompany the update set for the whole Ranger line-up in September. This will see the regular XLS gain a reversing camera, rear parking sensors and a second key fob in addition to existing features such as the three-inch multimedia display, Bluetooth connectivity and air-conditioning.
Ford Australia boss Graeme Whickman said the XLS Special Edition will give Ranger a sales boost that will put the segment's leader the 4X4 Toyota HiLux within close range.
From the start of this year until the end of July Ford sold 17,623 Rangers.
"Already considered one of the most capable and desirable pick-up trucks on the market, we expect the Ranger 4x4 XLS Special Edition will help us narrow the gap to Toyota even further, with Ranger 4x4 now only 172 units behind the Hilux 4x4 year-to-date," he said.
From the start of this year until the end of July Ford sold 17,623 Rangers, an increase of 37.5 per cent on last year.
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