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Distinctive Ford Ranger Sport special edition joins range

The new Ford Ranger Sport has been added to the 2019 Ford Ranger line-up, bringing with it a distinctive looks and equipment upgrades to set it apart from the rest of the range.

Priced before on-road costs at $52,940 for the manual and $55,140 for the automatic, the Ranger Sport sits between the Ranger XLS 4×4 and high-spec Ranger XLT 4×4 models. Like the rest of the Ranger models, it comes with Ford’s five-year, unlimited kilometre factory warranty and entitled to the Ford Service Benefits capped priced servicing program.

Highlighting the exterior of the Ranger Sport is a sports-oriented colour range that sets off its go-anywhere spirit of adventure. In its hero True Red paintwork, Ranger Sport shows off its contrasting black front grille, mirror caps, door handles and black alloy wheels, which at 17-inches are an inch larger than those on Ranger XLS.

The Sport variant also sees sidesteps, a matte black sports bar and bedliner as standard, adding to its practicality while bolstering its distinctive looks.

At the business end, the unique ‘Sport’ tailgate decal and black rear bumper completes the Ranger Sport’s look. Matching the black detailing, Meteor Grey, Arctic White, Shadow Black and Aluminium Metallic paintwork is also available.

Driver Assist Technology standard on Ranger Sport includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Aid (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High-beam headlightsi.

Dual-zone climate control is standard on the Ranger Sport, so are smart keyless entry and push-button start, DAB+ Radio and a dual 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster – all part of the Sport’s standard SYNC 3 package.

SYNC 3 brings an 8.0-inch full-colour touchscreen, which doubles as high-resolution reversing camera, as well as voice-activated sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capability.

Ranger Sport’s SYNC 3 functionality also brings features including ‘breadcrumbs’, which enables an off-road route to be mapped via the vehicle dropping digital markers – breadcrumbs – to help record the route for the return journey or return visit.

Ranger Sport’s interior improvements above Ranger XLS include:

  • Smart Keyless Entry with Push-button Start
  • SYNC 3 with 8.0-inch colour touchscreen
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility
  • Voice-activated built-in sat-nav
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Dual 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster

The Ranger XLS Sport 4×4 is offered exclusively with a 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel powertrain, delivering 147kW/470Nm, with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. This brings a 3,500kg towing capability and best-in-class 800mm water wading. 

The Ford Ranger Sport will be available alongside the full Ford Ranger line-up in Ford Dealerships in July 2019.

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