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Ford Ranger Wildtrak's "little" brother comes to South Africa


Contraire to previous reports, Ford Motor Company South Africa has announced pricing details of the limited-run Ranger FX4.

First launched in Australia some two months ago, the FX4 slots in between the XLT and Wildtrak in the local model line-up, and mainly serves as an appearance package unlike the off-road focused versions of the F150 long discontinued US-spec Ranger.

To this end, the FX4 receives a black grille, rollbar, side steps, door handles, mirrors, roof rails and fog-light bezels, black 17-inch Panther alloy wheels, bin-liner, FX4 badges on the side and on the tailgate, and four colour options; Frozen White, Moondust Silver, Sea Grey and Panther Black.

Although devoid of the FX4 embossed seats like its Aussie cousin, local models do come fitted as standard with Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system featuring satellite navigation, real-world voice commands, Tracks4Africa, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and maps for up to 20 African countries.

As with the XLT and Wildtrak, the double cab only FX4 retains the proven five-cylinder 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine with 147 kW and 470 Nm of torque, linked to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with drive going to the rear or all four wheels.

A four year / 120 000 km warranty and five year / 100 000 km service plan are part of the R593 900 and R608 900 asking prices respectively.

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