Ford Ranger Sport 2023 review: A shot – choose this double-cab 4×4 over the XLT and Wildtrak?

Based on the XLT trim, the Sport is only available with a Double Cab pickup body at the moment, and adds black contrast looks inside and out, plus two front hooks, 18-inch alloys, wireless charging, an off-road display that shows four-wheel drive activation and other relevant settings. linkage, skid plate, LED front fog lights and all-season tires.

Amenities include leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, wireless charging, and two headrests.

They all come above the 10.1-inch XLT touchscreen with Ford’s Sync4 multimedia system, digital instrument cluster, USB-A and C ports, cloth seats, power windows, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, and Satellite navigation. , leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, intelligent adaptive cruise control with full stop/go functionality, traffic sign recognition and lane-centering technology.

Discover the Ford Ranger 2023 series

Naturally, like all Rangers, Sport buyers also lock in nine airbags, AEB self-controlled emergency brake, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, rear parking sensors, plus blind-spot warning and cross-traffic alert technology.

The Sport is only available as an SUV.

The rear cargo area comes with a black sport bar, tailgate lighting, 12v socket bed liner, locking points on the front of the loadbox, a trunk dam with integrated mounting points for added sheet metal protection, a rear loading box step for easy side access and a lighter tailgate thanks to the system Ford Easy Lift Assist.

Unlike the XLT and Wildtrak, the Sport offers a pair of engine options.

The previous five-cylinder 3.2-liter turbo diesel was phased out for a revised version of the 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel (dubbed BiTurbo in Ford-talk). Mated with a fully overhauled 10-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 3 kW less power at 154 kW at 3750 rpm, but the maximum torque of 500 Nm (between 1750-2000 rpm only) still remains. . The transmission includes up to six driving modes.

The 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that is closely associated with those in the Australian Ford Territory is the sport’s other engine choice.

It delivers 184 kW at 3250 rpm and 600 Nm at 1750-2250 rpm.

The V6 sends drive to a new, on-demand electronic all-wheel drive system, with full-time all-wheel drive varying drive to the front or rear wheels as needed. It includes six driving modes: Normal, Eco, Towing/Drag, Slippery for off-road driving, and Mud/Crack and Sand for off-road use. Each engine changes the throttle, transmission, braking, traction, and stability controls.

There is also an electronic rear differential lock that can be activated via the SYNC 4A multimedia display, to improve traction off-road.

Note that the Ranger 4×4 is equipped with either a 2.0-liter stick drive with the standard part-time all-wheel drive setup which offers 4×2 (rear-engine), 4×4 low range and 4×4 high range.

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