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The limited-edition 2017 Ford Ranger FX4 has been revealed, giving the popular ute a ‘black pack’ makeover.

In America, the FX4 badge currently brings enhanced capability to the big F-150 truck, but, in our case, Ford has stuck with a purely aesthetic exercise.

Based on the popular 4×4 XLT variant, the Ranger FX4 gets cosmetic tweaks inside and out, including ‘Stark Grey’ 18-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, black bonnet and tailgate decals, black grille, sports bar, rear bumper, side steps and door handles, along with leather-accented seats.

Other standard equipment from the XLT includes the company’s Sync 3 infotainment system, which features an 8.0-inch central touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with compatibility for mobile apps like Pandora and Google Maps.

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The Ford Ranger FX4 is available in four exterior colours; Frozen White, Ingot Silver, Magnetic (grey) and Shadow Black – the latter three being prestige finishes which are cost-options.

Starting at $58,915 plus on-road costs for the manual and $61,115 plus on-roads for the automatic, the Ranger FX4 will arrive in showrooms later this month – $3500 more than the XLT on which it’s based.

The release of the limited-edition FX4 follows our report of the Ranger FX4 name being trademarked in 2015, along with a registration for ‘Ranger Raptor’ – suggesting a performance version could also be on the way.

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Unlike the old Ranger FX4, which was a special version of the US-market Ranger from the late 2000s, the Australian version doesn’t offer a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, skid plates, Bilstein shock absorbers or a 31-spline 8.8-inch rear differential.

Also, while the FX4 variant is new to Australia, it has been available in the Philippines since late last year.

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