The Ford Ranger line-up has been expanded once more, with the latest addition being the new Sport variant, on sale now across Australia.
The new 2019 Ford Ranger Sport dual-cab pick-up model is based on the work-ready XLS grade, but brings a number of model-specific changes to help the Sport model bridge the gap between XLS and XLT models.
The Sport version adds a dark finish to the grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, mirror caps, door handles and rear bumper. It also gets a black sports bar, side steps, tub liner and Sport decal. The Sport model is available in True Red, Meteor Grey, Arctic White, Shadow Black and Aluminium Metallic paint finishes.
Standard equipment for the Sport includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system with Sync 3, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, DAB digital radio, and there’s a 4.2-inch digital driver info display. The Sport also has keyless entry and push-button start, which you won’t get on the XLS.
Because it's based on the XLS you get fabric seat coverings and vinyl flooring, but you don't miss out on the safety gear you'd expect - it has auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and auto high-beam headlights.
The Sport is exclusively available with the brand’s 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 147kW of power and 470Nm of torque, and it’s sold with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. All Ranger Sport models are four-wheel drive.
Ford has priced the Sport manual at $52,490, while the auto is $55,140. That’s the official list pricing, before on-road costs - but Ford Australia has confirmed significantly more aggressive drive-away pricing of $47,490 for the manual and $49,990 for the auto.
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