Ford announces new Ranger model

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Words: Nile Bijoux
23 Aug 2019

Ford has revealed the Ranger FX4 is returning to New Zealand, powered by the new biturbo powertrain.

It’s the same 2.0L diesel engine as in the Ranger Wildtrak Biturbo and Raptor. It produces an identical 157kW/500Nm and comes with the ten-speed automatic as well. The gearbox has a lock-out feature to hold specific gears when towing, and the Ranger FX4 BiTurbo has a braked capacity of 3500kg.

The model sits between the XLT and Wildtrak, coming in both 2WD and 4WD guises, marking the first time the biturbo engine is offered on a 2WD Ranger.

To differentiate it, the FX4 gets a host of new and unique features like a special front grille finished in Ebony Black, flanked by darkened versions of the Bi-LED headlights already seen on Ranger XLT, Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor. The front-end view also brings an Ebony Black lower valance and mirror caps to “create a strong FX4 identity.” The FX4’s tray has a protective bed liner and an extended black-finish sports bar.

Inside are FX4 leather-accented sports seats, with contrast stitching on the gear selector, handbrake, steering wheel, door trim and floor mats.

Ranger has garnered a five-star ANCAP safety rating thanks to tech like adaptive cruise control, active park assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist and warning, traffic sign recognition and auto-dipping headlights.

The Ranger FX4 goes on sale in December with price to be announced closer to the time.

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