Ford fires special Ranger limited-build in Bakkie Wars

  • Fx4 Model added to Ford Ranger line-up
  • New bakkie based on 3.2 TDCi Double Cab 4×4
  • Includes latest Sync3 with satnav and infotainment
2017 FORD RANGER Fx4 Image: Ford SA / Quickpic
2017 FORD RANGER Fx4: Ford’s latest weapon in the Bakkie Wars is this Ranger, badged to mimic the American F-1 truck icon and including a number of ‘free’ fitted extras from the accessory catalogue.   Image: Ford SA / Quickpic

FORD has stepped up the tempo of the South African Bakkie Wars – the major conflict between it and rivals Isuzu and Toyota for top truck sales in any given month.

Ford’s  latest weapon is the Ford Ranger Fx4… and, no, we didn’t get the translation of the badge either. Read on, as our editor had to do, to find out what ammunition has been loaded now.

Ford, in its media release words, explains: “The Fx4 badge is derived from the Ford F-Series pick-ups in the United States and reinforces the ‘Built Ford Tough’  DNA that defines our Ranger. The Fx4 is based on the segment-defining 3.2-litre XLT Double Cab 4×4 but with styling enhancements.”

PERSONALISED DURING BUILD

2017 FORD RANGER Fx4 Image: Ford SA / Quickpic
2017 FORD RANGER Fx4: Special grey wheel rims and blacked fog-light bezels come with the model.   Image: Ford SA / Quickpic

Outstanding performance, a bold design, superb comfort and segment-defining technologies are the hallmarks of the Ford Ranger line-up. And now it boasts even greater trend-setting style thanks to the launch of the limited edition Ford Ranger Fx4.

Tracey Delate,  Ford SA’s marketing general manage, told The Corner: “The Ranger Fx4 fills a space in our current line-up by being personalised during our standard manufacturing process  with an entirely new level of exclusivity and appeal. It was designed to be unique in a cluttered market as there’s a strong demand among enthusiast customers for accessorising and customising the standard Ranger.”

PANTHER BLACK WHEEL RIMS

Essentially, then, the Fx4 does the personalisation job for them without the potential for bad fitting or minor vehicle damage creeping in..

The changes include black finishes for the radiator grille, fog-light bezels, exterior mirrors, roof rails and door and tailgate releases.

“The 17″ alloy wheel rims,” Delate adds, “are supplied in an eye-catching Panther Black finish to match the door steps, rear bumper and special Fx4 tubular sport bar in the load bay. Fx4 decals have  been applied on the sides and rear tailgate.

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A choice of four colours, exclusive to the Fx4, are available to order in shades of white, silver grey and the same Panther Black.

The Ranger  Fx4 – as its badging suggests –  is only available on 4×4 derivatives but can be ordered with a six-speed auto or manual transmission.

Also on board is the latest (2017)  Sync3 with satnav and infotainment and a 20cm touchscreen. Voice commands can also be spoken.

(Prices below image.)

2017 FORD RANGER Fx4 Image: Ford SA / Quickpic
2017 FORD RANGER Fx4: Included accessories include the load-bay badging, sport bar and roof rails, and special wheel rims.  Image: Ford SA / Quickpic

Models and prices:

Ford Ranger Fx4 3.2 TDCi Double Cab 4×4 – R593 900
Ford Ranger Fx4 3.2 TDCi Double Cab 4×4 a/t – R608 900

Each will be delivered with Ford Protect, which includes a four-year or 120 000km warranty, five-year or 100 000km service plan, three-year unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited distance anti-rust through warranty. Service intervals 20 000km.

A 4×4 course is included in the purchase of any Ranger 4×4.

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