Ford has added the new Ranger 4×4 XL Plus to its lineup, aimed at fulfilling the needs of the mining industry, government agencies, as well as private buyers.
The Ranger 4×4 XL Plus comes available as a single cab chassis, double cab chassis and double cab pick-up.
All 4×4 XL Plus models come standard with Ford’s Duratorq 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, producing 147kW and 470Nm. All XL Plus models are fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.
All Ford Rangers are now fitted with airbags as standard across the range. The Ranger 4×4 XL Plus features a five-star safety ANCAP rating; a requirement for all Australian Government passenger fleet vehicles.
The Ranger 4×4 XL Plus comes with a locking rear differential and a tow bar as standard. Maximum braked towing capacity is rated at 3500kg.
Other standout features exclusive to the Ranger 4×4 XL are running boards (double cab only), a second battery, expanded wiring harness, all-terrain tyres with 17-inch steel wheels, heavy duty canvas seat covers, and an optional steel bull-bar.
The Ranger 4×4 XL Plus comes with Bluetooth, USB and iPod2 integration, with voice control for the radio, CD, iPod, USB, and mobile phone. Cruise control is standard across the entire range.
Ford Australia Vice President of marketing, sales and service, Graeme Whickman, said Ford had worked with the mining sector plus other key industries to develop the Ranger 4×4 XL Plus:
“These industries have very specific demands on their vehicles so that’s why we created the Ranger 4×4 XL Plus,” Whickman said. “It will be a popular addition to mining industry and business sector fleets but we also expect there to be strong support from private customers who have a particular need for this type of vehicle.”
Pricing for the Ranger 4×4 XL Plus starts from $46,280 for the single cab, $51,760 for the double cab, and $52,760 for the double cab pick-up.