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The return of the FX4 Ford Ranger


Ford Ranger FX4 Special Edition announced

Ford is bringing back the moody-looking Ranger FX4 edition for December 2019.

Starting in December 2019, Ford dealerships will offer the Ranger FX4. The model sits between the XLT trim and the top-of-the-line Wildtrak utes. Production is limited to 1,000 vehicles. Visually, it looks pretty mean, with brooding exterior touches.

Ford Ranger FX4 features

Ford Australia and New Zealand boss Kay Hart says that the FX4 elevates the Ranger line-up to the next level.

"The addition of the new Ranger FX4 to our line-up really steps things up for customers," Hart said. "The upgraded Ranger FX4 brings all the capability of the XLT, including standard AEB with Pedestrian Detection and adds its very own design elements and features, to offer Ranger customers even more choice."

Exterior FX4 highlights

Ford Ranger FX4 rear shot

FX4-only features include darkened housing bi-LED headlamps (a small detail that differentiates the front end from standard Rangers), an FX4 black mesh grille, 18-inch black FX4 alloys, a black sports bar plus ebony exterior design touches like mirrors, door handles and fenders.

Ford Ranger FX4 front end

The FX4 is sold in five paint finishes:

  • Aluminium Metallic
  • Arctic White
  • Meteor Grey
  • Shadow Black
  • True Red

In the Ford-supplied images, the FX4 also appears to be wearing Bridgestone Dueler Highway Terrain tyres.

Interior FX4 features

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Internally, the FX4 has upgraded leather accented seating with red stitching and an embossed logo mark, matching rear seats with contrast stitching, FX4-specific carpet mats front and rear, a soft-touch instrument panel topper, graphite coloured highlights on the instrument surround and doors and red stitching on the instrument binnacle and steering wheel.

There's also FX4 decals on the tailgate and front doors, so everyone will be sure you're riding in the moody looking special edition.

Safety equipment

Ford has given the FX4 a solid selection of safety assists. These comprise of Autonomous Emergency Braking (with pedestrian detection), Lane Keep Assist (with a Lane Departure Warning), Traffic Sign Recognition and auto high-beams. An optional technology pack from the XLT can be purchased to enable Parallel Parking Assist and Adaptive Cruise.

Powertrain options

Ford is giving buyers the option of a 3.2-litre TDCi power plant or a new 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel, originally from the Ranger Raptor. The 2.0-litre diesel pairs with a ten-speed paddle-shifter-equipped automatic transmission. It's good for 157kW and 500Nm while using a claimed 7.4L/100km combined. Those who choose the larger capacity oiler can choose between a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Fuel usage on this model is an increased 8.4L/100km.

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