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.
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.
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.