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Ford Brazil puts sporty spin on Ranger XLS


With Isuzu having recently re-launched the X-Rider version of its entry-level KB 250 double cab, Ford has now followed similar route with a special edition version of the Ranger 2.2 TDCi, albeit for the Brazilian market only with four-wheel drive.

Based on the XLS double cab 4x4 automatic and due to be unveiled at the Expointer Agricultural Show in the city of Esteio later this week, the Ranger Sportrac, a name last used in 2010 on a pick-up version of the Ford Explorer, mainly receives a number of exterior and interior additions otherwise not offered as standard.

These include grey 17-inch alloy wheels, side steps and sports bar, graphics down the side of the loadbox and rear doors, Sportrac badging at the base of the front doors and Sportrac embroidered cloth headrests.

Up front, the 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi oil burner remains unchanged with power still rated at 118 kW and torque at 385 Nm, harnessed through a six-speed automatic gearbox with low range and a rear diff-lock. Priced at R $159 990 (R662 446), the Sportrac commands a premium of R $6 000 (R24 843) over the standard XLS. As mentioned though, don't expect it to serve as a rival for the X-Rider on local shores anytime soon.

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