Ford expands Ranger offering with the Ranger FX4
Following the success of the Ranger Thunder, Ford has added the special edition FX4 to the line up
Based on the popular 2.0-litre Single Turbo XLT Double Cab, the Ranger FX4 is available in 4x2 and 4x4 derivatives. Offering exceptional capability, unrivalled fuel economy and a superb range of design and functional features including FordPass Connect, which makes its debut on the FX4.
In FX4 specification the muscular styling of the Ranger double cab benefits from a black mesh grille derived from the Ranger Thunder, which gives it an even more assertive appearance. This is complemented by the distinctive sweep of the integrated LED daytime running lights, along with the LED headlamps that are standard on all Ranger XLT, Wildtrak and Raptor models.
Black mirrors and door handles add to the upmarket image, which is further reinforced by the eye-catching 18-inch multi-spoke black alloy wheels that replace the 17-inch versions fitted on the XLT. Bold red FX4 decals located at the base of the front doors, along with a 3D FX4 badge on the tailgate, reinforce this model’s special status in the Ranger portfolio.
The rear load compartment gains a tubular sports bar with extended legs which adds further practicality to the load box particularly for carrying bicycles, canoes or other gear for sporting or working applications.
A drop-in bedliner, six cargo tie-down points a 12-volt power socket and the Ranger’s innovative Easy Lift tailgate mean that it is ready for work and play.
The upmarket cabin incorporates a soft-touch leather trimmed dashboard with red stitching, with this sporty theme also carried through to the leather steering wheel, gear lever and seats. Standard specification includes dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless passive safety and start, a rear-view parking camera and front and rear parking sensors. Sync3 is standard on the FX4, incorporating an eight-inch touch screen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Fordpass makes its debut
The launch of the Ranger FX4 signals the introduction of FordPass Connect and the FordPass app in South Africa. This app allows command and control of various vehicle functions remotely including locking and unlocking doors, starting the engine to activate climate control, pinpointing the vehicles location and accessing information such as fuel level and oil life. It also allows the driver to search for available parking within South Africa, find Ford dealers across the country, schedule maintenance and service bookings, keep track of past and future services and view the vehicles warranty information.
Under the bonnet
As with existing XLT derivatives, the FX4 is powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre Single Turbo diesel engine, which produces 132kW and 420Nm and is matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Ranger FX4 can be specified in 4x2 or 4x4 models, both of which are equipped with an electronic differential lock as standard. The 4x4 derivative gains shift-on-the-fly engagement of the four-wheel drive system, along with Hill Descent Control.
2.0 Single Turbo FX4 10AT 4x2
2.0 Single Turbo FX4 10AT 4x4