The V6 XLT has a curb weight of 2285kg, which, if you subtract its 3280kg GVM, leaves 995kg of payload. That’s close enough to being a true “monotone” in our book.
It is also rated to tow up to a reference class 3500kg braked trailer and with its GCM of 6400kg (how much it can legally carry and tow at the same time) the peak payload would need to be reduced to 615kg (380kg reduction). legal to tow that weight. Or you can reduce the weight of the trailer by the same amount to 3120 kg and keep the full load capacity. Either way, these are big and useful numbers for many work and leisure needs.
Cargo tub floor length is 1547mm, width is 1584mm with a rear opening of 1413mm. And thanks to the wider track of the new Ranger, there is now 1224 mm between the wheel arches. It outperforms its predecessor by being able to carry a standard Australian 1165mm pallet or a 1200 x 800mm Euro pallet secured with six load securing points.
There’s also handy interior lighting on the sidewalls, and the tailgate can be used as a mobile workbench with a built-in 1.3m ruler and two spring-loaded ‘hatches’ that allow g-clamps to be used to hold materials in place. However, the ruler must be made of a stronger material than plastic, as the numerous steps on the ruler installed on our near-new test car had already been worn away by bumps and scratches from previous loading.
Cabin storage starts with large and small bottle holders in the front doors, as well as an overhead glasses holder and a single glove box with a narrow storage shelf above. The center console at the front has a phone storage compartment (without wireless charging), cup/bottle holders in the center and a box at the back with a soft cover that doubles as an armrest.
Rear seat passengers get large and small bottle holders and shorter bins at the base of each door, flexible pouches on the backs of each front seat and a fold-down center armrest with two cup holders. The main rear seat cushion, which flips up to reveal two underfloor storage bins, can also be stored upright if more interior luggage space is needed.