The bakkie segment in South Africa is a fierce one, the competition is really stiff with two major players at the helm, the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux. Manufacturers know just how tough this segment is and so they are continuously having to keep things fresh and moving forward. One way this can be done is by bringing out special edition models. If you just think of how popular the Ranger Thunder is, then you will know what I mean.
WHAT DOES FORD SAY?
“Following the remarkable success of the Ford Ranger Thunder, it’s clear that there is great demand among South African buyers for exclusive, value-added derivatives that offer a premium level of style and features, particularly in the important and rapidly growing leisure-oriented pickup segment,” says Neale Hill, MD of Ford South Africa.
WHAT IS THE FX4?
The FX4 model is based on the popular 2.0-litre Single Turbo XLT Double Caband is available in 4×2 and 4×4 derivatives. The FX4 badge was first introduced on Ranger in South Africa in 2017 as a limited series, this was the pre-facelifted Ranger and it shows how popular it was that it continues to be offered now with the latest model. Customers are clearly keen on exclusive, value-added derivatives. Especially those that offer a high level of style and features.
Speaking of style, the FX4 boasts a unique front bumper with a black mesh grille, black mirrors and door handles, blacked-out 18-inch wheels and sports bar that extends down the side of the loadbay. It also sports bold red ‘FX4’ decals that are located at the base of the front doors, along with a 3D ‘FX4’ badge on the tailgate.
The soft-touch leather-trimmed dashboard features red stitching, which is also carried through to the leather steering wheel, gear lever and seats. Embossed FX4 logos on the front seats add a further splash of dynamic flair. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless Passive Entry and Passive Start, a rear-view parking camera, front and rear sensors, and SYNC3 which incorporates voice activation, an eight-inch touch-screen colour display, two USB ports and Bluetooth. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.
FordPass Connect, which is an app that allows command and control of various vehicle functions remotely, is standard. It means you can lock and unlock the doors, start the engine to activate the climate control system, find the vehicle’s location, and even access information such as fuel level and oil life.
The FX4 is powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre, single-turbocharged diesel engine that develops 132 kW and 420 Nm of torque and is exclusively mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
This locally made engine claims a fuel consumption of 7.5l/100 km which is not bad for a big bakkie. It feels planted on and off road. Overall, it is comfortable, well as comfy as a bakkie can be.
PRICING OF THE FX4
- 0 Single Turbo Doubel Cab XLT FX4 10 AT 4×2 HR: R634 200
- 0 Single Turbo Doubel Cab XLT FX4 10 AT 4×4 HR: R704 500