THE Ford Ranger FX4 is back, with the up-spec XLT to be available for the first time with Ford’s 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel engine that debuted with the brand’s range-topping Ranger Raptor.
The FX4, last launched on local shores early in 2017, sits between the XLT and Wildtrak in the Ranger hierarchy, but brings its own unique style and flare to the segment’s best-selling vehicle (VFACTS, July 2019).
Available exclusively in dual-cab 4x4 guise, the FX4 has been granted 18-inch FX4 alloy wheels, an FX4 mesh front grille, darkened bi-LED hi-po headlights, an extended black sports bar, and black exterior mirrors, door/tailgate handles and fenders; all providing the FX4 with a distinct point of difference. Look closely and you’ll even spot red 3D decals on the front door and tailgate … yep, 3D.
As mentioned, the FX4 is available with a 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel engine that’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. If opting for the ‘new-age’ engine, expect a towing capacity of 3500kg and a payload of 993kg.
If you’d prefer greater capacity, the FX4 can still be had with the 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre turbo-diesel that’s prominent throughout the Ranger line-up. It can run through either a six-speed auto or manual transmission. As with the 2.0-litre engine, the 3.2 also provides a towing capacity of 3500kg, but payload capacity drops to 978kg (manual) and 960kg (automatic).
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Standard kit includes SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a full-colour reversing camera and a suite of Driver Assist Technology: Autonomous Emergency Braking, AEB with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Aid with Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic high-beam headlights.
Punters can option up with the Tech Pack, which adds Adaptive Cruise Control and Semi-Auto Parallel Parking.
The interior is awash with FX4-specific trim, highlighted by leather-accented sports buckets embossed with red FX4 insignia and lined with red stitching. Red stitching has also been applied to the gear selector, handbrake cover, steering wheel, door trim and floor mats.
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Design cues from the Ranger Wildtrak have been carried over, with the FX4 inheriting a premium soft-touch instrument panel; while tinted graphite accents have been applied to the instrument panel and door trim.
The Ranger FX4 is available in five hues: Shadow Black, Arctic White, True Red, Meteor Grey and Aluminium Metallic.
The limited run will be capped at 1000 units for now, with the FX4 to be available in dealerships this December.
There’s no pricing yet for MY2020 models, with Ford Australia telling 4X4 Australia that pricing will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s arrival in December.