THE Ranger FX4 is back, with the up-spec XLT to be available for the first time with Fordís 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel engine that debuted with the brandís range-topping Ranger Raptor. The FX4 sits between the XLT and Wildtrak in the Ranger hierarchy, but brings its own unique style and flare to the segmentís best-selling vehicle. Available exclusively in dual-cab 4x4 guise, the FX4 has been granted 18-inch FX4 alloy wheels, an FX4 mesh front grille, darkened bi-LED hi-po headlights, an extended black sports bar, and black exterior mirrors, door/tailgate handles and fenders. Look closely and youíll even spot red 3D decals on the front door and tailgateÖ 3D effect, that is.
The 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel engine is mated to a 10-speed auto. If opting for this engine, expect a towing capacity of 3500kg and a payload of 993kg. The FX4 can still be had with the 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre turbo-diesel, which can run through either a six-speed auto or manual transmission. As with the 2.0-litre engine, the 3.2 also provides a towing capacity of 3500kg, but payload capacity drops to 978kg (manual) and 960kg (automatic).
Driver Assist Technology includes AEB with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Aid with Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic high-beam headlights. Punters can option up with the Tech Pack, which adds Adaptive Cruise Control and Semi-Auto Parallel Parking. The limited run will be capped at 1000 units for now, with the FX4 to be available in dealerships this December.