Mid-trim Ranger double-cab 4x4 is an FX4
Ford has a revealed new special edition Ranger bakkie, in right-hand drive. This new double-cab revives the FX4 nameplate, which will be familiar to South African followers of the brand.
The latest Ranger FX4 will debut in Australia, as a 2020 model year vehicle. In terms of positioning the FX4 trim sits between the XLT and Wildtrak in Ford’s Ranger portfolio.
Distinguishing FX4 from other Rangers are a combination of red and black styling highlights. It also rolls model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels.
The most noticeable styling change is its mesh-type grille, which is a different moulding from that on any other Ranger. Viewed from the rear, FX4’s extended roll-hoops are obvious – and an interesting design feature which offers an additional tie-down structure for securing items in the loadbox.
Inside this new Ford bakkie variant, there are graphite trim accents, red contrast stitching and FX4 logo floor mats.
Engine options for the FX4 include Ford’s new 2-litre bi-turbo, boosting 157 kW/500 Nm and the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel, good for 147 kW and 500 Nm.
Ford has confirmed that it will initially only build 1 000 of these new Ranger FX4s, for the Australian market. But the expectation is that this number will grow with demand – and possibly include a South African version too, as we received the previous FX4 locally.