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Ford Ranger XLT: 2019 4x4 of the Year contender

By 4x4 Australia, 05 Jan 2019 4x4OTY

Ford Ranger XLT 2019 4x4 of the Year contender feature

New powertrain and significant chassis tweaks makes the XLT an attractive option.

THE Ranger XLT joins the Ranger Raptor and Everest Trend as Ford’s representatives at this year’s 4X4OTY competition.

This XLT features the 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo-diesel engine (157kW/500Nm) and 10-speed auto combo, which debuted with the Ranger Raptor in 2018. The new engine, as well as closer gearbox ratios, gives the Ranger more power and better running refinement.

In addition to the powertrain changes the chassis has been significantly revised, and the dual-cab now comes with autonomous emergency braking.

The Ranger XLT maintains a towing capacity of 3500kg, a one-tonne payload (1003kg, to be exact), and features a dual-range part-time 4x4 system.

With an excellent 800mm wading depth, long wheel travel, well-calibrated electronic traction control and a driver-switched rear locker, the XLT is a highly capable off-roader.

The XLT on test was optioned up with leather seat trim (+$1650) and the Tech Pack (+$1700), making it a $57,340 proposition.

At $17,650 less than the Raptor, it ticks a lot of boxes and stacks up as a viable option.