Starting at $63,690 on-road and based on the XLT trim, the Sport is currently only available with a Double Cab pickup body and adds contrasting blacked-out themes inside and out, as well as dual front tow hooks, 18-inch alloy wheels, wireless charging, an Off-Road screen showing four-wheel drive activation and other related settings, protection, LED front fog lights and all-season tires.
Luxury items include leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, wireless charging and two front floor mats.
All this is equipped with a 10.1-inch XLT touchscreen with a Ford Sync4 multimedia system, a digital instrument panel, USB-A and -C ports, cloth seats, electric windows, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation. , leather steering wheel, leather steering wheel and gear knob, intelligent adaptive cruise control with full stop and go, traffic sign recognition and lane keeping technology.
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Naturally, like all Rangers, the Sport buyer also gets nine airbags, AEB autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane assist and rear parking sensors, as well as lane departure warning technology. blind spots and cross-traffic alert.
Sport is only available as 4×4.
The rear cargo area features a black sports bar, rear box lighting, a mat with 12-volt socket, tie-down points in the front of the boot, a box lid with integrated tie-down points for added sheet metal protection, a rear boot step for easy side access and a lighter boot thanks to to the Ford “easy lift” system.
Built-in trailer wiring is also included, as well as the Ranger Sport tow bar itself.
Like the XLT and Wildtrak, the Sport offers a pair of engines to choose from.
The previous 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel was replaced by an updated version of the 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel (BiTurbo in Ford parlance). Mated to a fully revised 10-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 3kW less power at 154kW at 3750rpm, but the maximum torque of 500Nm (1750-2000rpm only) remains. The transmission includes up to six driving modes.
A 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6, distantly related to the diesel found in Ford’s Australian territory, is the Sport’s other engine option.
It delivers a healthy 184kW at 3250rpm and 600Nm at 1750-2250rpm.
The V6 sends drive to a new electronic all-wheel-drive system on demand with permanent all-wheel drive that switches between front- and rear-wheel drive as needed. It includes six driving modes: Normal, Eco, Tow/Haul and Slippery for on-road driving and Mud/Ruts and Sand for off-road use. Each modifies the engine’s throttle, transmission, braking, traction and stability control.
There’s also an electronic rear differential lock that can be activated via the SYNC 4A multimedia screen to improve traction.
Note that the Ranger 4×4 with any 2.0-litre engine comes with the standard 4×4 trim, which offers 4×2 (rear-wheel drive), 4×4 Low range and 4×4 High range.