Ford will offer the Ranger FX4 special edition as part of the Ford Ranger line-up in Australia starting from December 2019. Based on the volume-selling, mid-spec Ranger XLT dual-cab 4×4, the return of the FX4 nameplate brings with it an even more distinctive identity and offering, with unique design elements inside and out for a fresh take on Ranger’s versatility.
The Ranger FX4 sits between the Ranger XLT 4×4 and highly equipped Ranger Wildtrak 4×4 models. The special edition will initially be limited to around 1,000 units and arrives in showrooms this December.
Available exclusively in the versatile double-cab pick-up 4×4 body style, the Ranger FX4 has a unique front mesh grille, finished in Ebony Black, flanked by darkened versions of the Bi-LED High Performance Headlights introduced for Ranger XLT, Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor. The front-end view also brings an Ebony Black lower valence and mirror caps to create a strong FX4 identity.
New FX4 specific 18-inch alloy wheels, an inch larger than the Ranger XLT’s 17-inch alloys, continue the black detailing, with black DLO, door handles and front guard fender feature contrasting the striking red ‘FX4’ lower front door and tailgate decals, all with a 3D effect.
Completing the look, the FX4’s tray hosts a protective bedliner and an extended black-finish sports bar, adding a stand-out visual attribute to the Ranger FX4’s load area.
The extensive black treatment can be paired with five exterior colour choices including Shadow Black, Arctic White, True Red, Meteor Grey and Aluminium Metallic.
The Ranger FX4 exterior enhancements include:
- Darkened Bi-LED High Performance headlights
- FX4 mesh front grille in Ebony Black finish
- 18-inch FX4 alloy wheels
- 3D effect FX4 front door decal in distinctive red
- 3D effect FX4 tailgate decal
- Black-finished FX4 extended sports bar
- Ebony Black exterior mirrors, door/tailgate handles and fender features
The Ranger FX4’s cabin hits the right notes with specific FX4 front seating. The sports bucket seats are leather-accented with a special pattern design, and are embossed with red FX4 logos on the seatbacks. These compliment the contrasting Race Red stitching that’s been applied to the gear selector, handbrake cover and the Ranger FX4’s steering wheel, door trim and special FX4-branded floor mats.
Bolstering the overall effect is the Ranger FX4’s black ‘soft top’ instrument panel, inspired by the Ranger Wildtrak, while the door tops are finished in Tinted Graphite to further bring out the Race Red detailing throughout the cabin.
Specific interior treatments for the Ranger FX4:
- FX4-designed front-row leather-accented seating with contrasting Race Red stitching and embossed FX4 logos
- Leather-appointed second-row seating with FX4 Race Red stitching detail
- FX4 carpet mats in both front and second rows
- Premium soft-touch instrument panel top
- Tinted Graphite accents on instrument panel and door trim
- Race Red contrasting stitching on instrument panel, steering wheel, gear selector, centre console
In addition to the FX4-specific appointments, the Ranger FX4 brings standard cabin features including SYNC 3 with voice-activated sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, reversing camera and digital instrumentation.
Driver Assist Technology standard on Ranger FX4 includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, AEB with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Aid (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High-beam headlights. For drivers who want even more technology, the Ranger XLT’s optional Tech Pack can also be chosen for Ranger FX4, bringing Adaptive Cruise Control and Semi-Auto Parallel Parking.
The Ranger FX4 will be available with a choice of powertrains. For the first time, the Ranger FX4 is offered with the latest generation 157kW/500Nm Bi-Turbo 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine paired to a 10-speed automatic as well as the 3.2-litre 5-cylinder turbodiesel offered previously.
In addition to a five-year, unlimited kilometre full factory warranty, the FX4 is covered by Ford’s capped price servicing, with A and B log-book services for the first four years/60,000km set at a maximum of $299 per service.