Sport Pack option now available for Ford Ranger XL

Ford Ranger XL gains added appeal thanks to options like a Sport Pack

Reuben Van Niekerk

Ford has significantly boosted the appeal of the Ranger XL line-up with the launch of an enticing range of options comprising an attractive Sport Pack, useful side steps and an eight-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.


The Ranger XL is the value oriented offering that suits a wide variety of applications, from the hard-working single cab with its spacious loadbox, the practical SuperCab that provides additional storage capacity behind the front seats or the comfortable double cab that is equally suited to business or family use.


The addition of the Sport Pack gives the Ranger XL more upmarket flair while enhancing its day-to-day practicality. Customers now also have the choice of upgrading from the entry level SYNC1 system to a touchscreen infotainment system, with an integrated eight-inch display that provides improved connectivity, ease of use and driving safety.


Visually, Ranger XL models equipped with the Sport Pack are distinguished by an eye catching gloss black grille, that replaces the plain black version used on standard models. The normal 16-inch silver alloy wheels are upgraded to 17-inch Panther gloss black cast alloy rims with larger diameter 265/65 R17 tyres. A tubular sports bar in the rear load compartment, as well as a black rear bumper add to the dynamic appearance.


In addition to the Sport pack customers can also opt for dealer fitted black side steps that greatly improve access to the cabin.


Connectivity and in-car entertainment have also been taken up several notches, as the Ranger XL can now be ordered with Ford’s optional eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


The impressive list of standard features remain, the safety package comprises ABS with EBD, ESP, Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Roll-over mitigation, Adaptive Load Control and Trailer Sway Control. Four-wheel drive models gain Hill Descent Control, with a rear diff lock fitted as standard on all 4x2 and 4x4 derivatives. All Ranger XL models are fitted with a towbar as standard equipment.


Dual front airbags are fitted across the board, with Isofix child seat mounting points provided on the double cab models. Remote-controlled central locking is standard, along with an immobiliser and alarm system.


The Ranger XL is powered by Ford’s proven, economical 2.2-litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine, which produces 118kW and 385Nm between 1500 and 2500rev/min.


The single cab and super cab models are available in two or four-wheel drive specification, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic in 4x2 derivative. The Ranger XL Double Cab can be specified in 4x2 or 4x4 versions, with both available in manual or automatic.


The XL Sport Pack adds R16 500 to the base price of the Ranger XL series, while the optional eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and dealer fitted side steps are available for R6 080 and R5 050, respectively.