2021 Ford Ranger update adds XL Sport 4×2 variant in Australia

Ford Australia has announced a new variant to the 2021 Ranger lineup in the form of the 4×2 XL Sport, while confirming the 4×4 XL Heavy Duty Special Edition will remain in its showroom.

The Ford Ranger XL Sport variant is a limited-run Ranger that comes packed with $4500-worth of features over the standard XL. On the outside, it receives a number of styling tweaks, including a new black bumper, SPORT decals, black 16-inch alloys, a black grille, side steps, sports bar and bedliner.

The Ranger XL Sport comes packaged with Ford’s 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, developing 118kW of power and 385Nm of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Prices for the new variant start from $43,790.

Ford is also taking this opportunity to confirm the Ranger XL 4×4 Heavy Duty Special Edition will remain in its product lineup, as a result of high demand from the Australian car-buying public. The updated XL Heavy Duty Special Edition comes exclusively in Ford’s Arctic White, and comes with two previously separate packs, with nine Ford accessories.

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There’s a steel bull bar with integrated mounting points for UHF antennas, as well as an LED light bar fitted as standard, a fixed-head snorkel, black 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in Continental CrossContact all-terrain tyres, heavy duty suspension with revised spring rates and new dampers, as well as solid wheel nuts and a new rear-view camera. This model is powered by a 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-cylinder engine producing 147kW and 470Nm, and is priced from $52,790.

Also mentioned in Ford’s announcement is the addition of adaptive cruise control systems as standard on both the 4×2 and 4×4 variants of the Ranger XLT, as well as the option of Ford’s 157kW/500Nm bi-turbo engine with a ten-speed automatic transmission for three XL variants, including the 4×4 XL Super Cab Chassis, 4×4 XL Double Cab Chassis and 4×4 XL Double Cab Pick Up.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.