IT IRKS us that Holden and now Ford Australia use American product codes for some of its 4x4 models but don’t 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 off-road 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 Ford’s new FX4 pack special edition Ranger ute. Built on the XLT-spec Ranger it delivers good looks without the usual 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 XLT spec include black roof rails, side steps, 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. Let’s hope Ford and Holden get with the program if and when they bring out Raptor and ZR2 packages for their local utes.