The Ford Ranger Tradie is the latest special edition of Australia’s best-selling 4×4 ute.

    If it looks familiar, that’s because it adds the same features to the Ford Ranger XL as last year’s Tradesman special edition. It’s even priced the same at $47,990 drive-away.

    Like the Tradesman, it’s based on the XL 4×4 Double Cab variant with the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel and six-speed automatic.

    Peak power is 147kW and peak torque is 470Nm, and switchable four-wheel drive is standard.

    Over the XL, it adds the following features:

    • 16-inch black alloy wheels
    • Black nudge bar
    • 20.5-inch slimline LED light bar
    • Black side steps
    • Bedliner
    • Tow bar

    These features are in addition to standard XL kit, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and a reversing camera with rear parking sensors.

    Also standard across the Ranger range is FordPass Connect, which allows you to use the FordPass App to remotely lock or unlock your Ranger or start it remotely, among other features.

    Like the XL, the Tradie also has rubber flooring and cloth seats.

    It’s available in Arctic White or True Red paint, while an extra $650 gets you Meteor Grey, Aluminium Silver, Blue Lightning or Shadow Black.

    As with the rest of the Ranger line-up, it’s covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty. The first four service prices are capped at $299, with service intervals set at 12 months or 15,000km.

    The Tradie’s pricing puts it right up against the Mitsubishi Triton GLS, priced at $46,990 before on-roads and currently advertised at $45,240 drive-away.

    It’s the latest in a series of variants based on core models, following the XL Special Edition, Sport, FX4 Max and Wildtrak X which are based on the XL, XLS, XLT and Wildtrak, respectively.


    • 2021 Ford Ranger Tradie: $52,190 ($47,990 drive-away)

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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