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New Ford Ranger 2021 detailed: 4x4 XLT Double Cab Chassis expands Toyota HiLux-rivalling line-up to 33 variants

The Ranger XLT Double Cab Chassis is now Ford's flagship ute with a steel tray.

Ford Australia has added a new body style to its popular Ranger line-up with the 4x4 XLT Double Cab Chassis now joining the range as a no-frills workhorse with space for five passengers.

Priced at $56,240 before on-road costs for the 3.2-litre turbo-diesel-powered, six-speed manual version, an automatic will add $2200 to the asking price.

The XLT Double Cab Chassis can also be had with the Raptor’s 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine and 10-speed automatic transmission for $59,940.

Each XLT Double Cab Chassis is positioned $1000 less than the equivalent pick-ups.

Mirroring the XLT in specification, the new Ranger grades include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, and Ford’s Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible 8.0-inch Sync3 multimedia touchscreen system as standard.

Dual-zone climate control, 17-inch wheels, digital radio, satellite navigation, and tow-bar tongue and wiring are also included at no extra cost.

Buyers wanting a little more equipment can opt for adaptive cruise control ($500), leather-accented seats ($1500), 18-inch black wheels ($750) and prestige paint ($650), which includes the new pearlescent Alabaster White exterior colour.

Like all Rangers equipped with the 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-cylinder engine, the XLT Double Cab Chassis outputs 147kW/470Nm.

Opting for the 2.0-litre twin-turbo-diesel option ups the ante to 157kW/500Nm.

All XLT Double Cab Chassis grades send drive to all four wheels, and feature a selectable four-wheel-drive system.

The three new XLT Double Cab Chassis grades take the number of available Ranger variants in Australia to 33 – split between 4x2 and 4x4 versions seven to 26.

Like all new Ford Australia vehicles, the XLT Double Cab Chassis comes with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.