Ford Australia has added a new model to its popular PX Ranger one-tonne 4×4 ute range in response to strong customer demand for a mid-range offering between the entry level XL and upper level XLT.

The new Ranger XLS is aimed at private and small business customers that will hit Ford showrooms in May with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $48,090.

The XLS is based on the 4×4 XL Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2-litre model with six-speed manual transmission.

The mid-level XLS comes equipped with a locking rear differential, 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, carpeted floor coverings and additional exterior trim highlights.

This brings to 22 the number of Ranger combinations available for Ford customers, including the range-topping Wildtrak.

Since its Australian launch in October 2011 the PX Ranger one-tonne truck has been doing good business for Ford, with the 4×4 XL and 4×4 XLT series the two most popular variants for Australian buyers.

The 4×4 XLS has the following additional features as standard equipment compared to the XL:

4×4 XLS Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2L 4×4 XL Double Cab Pick-Up 3.2L
16-inch alloy wheels 16-inch steel wheels
Front fog lights N/A
Accent painted radiator grille in silver Black radiator grille
Body coloured mirror housing Black exterior mirrors
Carpet floor coverings Vinyl floor covering
Locking Rear Differential Open Rear Differential with Traction Control System

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