SPECIAL FX4

FORD EXPANDS RANGER LINE-UP WITH LIMITED EDITION FX4 PACK.

WORDS MATT RAUDONIKIS

IT IRKS us that Holden and now Ford Australia use American product codes for some of their 4x4 models, but donít deliver the good stuff with them. Holden has adapted the Z71 moniker to its top-of-the-range Colorado, and now Ford is using the FX4 tag for a special edition Ranger.

These model designations in the US usually designate heavy duty off-road suspension and all-terrain tyres as part of the offroad packages, while here it applies to extra features and sticker packs but no real hardware upgrades.

Despite the borrowed name we love the look of Fordís new FX4 pack special edition Ranger ute. Built on the XLT-spec Ranger, it delivers good looks without the XLTís gaudy chrome and without the unnecessary extras that come with the Wildtrak.

There will initially be 2131 versions of the limited edition FX4 produced, retailing for $58,915 for the double-cab manual and $61,115 for the double-cab auto. They should be in Ford dealerships in February.

Extras over and above the already high spec of the XLT include black roof rails, sidesteps, sports bar, grille, exterior mirrors, and bonnet and tailgate wraps. Unique 18-inch grey alloy wheels, FX4 decals and FX4-branded, leather-accented seats complete the look.

It might not come with any extra off-road kit, but we reckon the FX4 is the best-looking Ranger in the line-up.