• The Ford Ranger FX4 is one of several special edition models based on the current Ranger.
• Radio DJ Tyrone Paulsen goes for a drive in it and begins to understand the hype around bakkies.
• The Ranger FX4 is available in both 4x4 and 4x2.
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The Ford Ranger is one of the big success stories in South Africa's local production space. Produced for both the local and export market, the bakkie is the top-selling vehicle in its segment in the UK, while in South Africa, it's only bested by the bakkie king, the Toyota Hilux.
The Ranger is due for an all-new model in late 2022, with Ford South Africa opting to release several special edition models to the market as a send-off for the current bakkie. One of these special edition models is the Ranger FX4 that was launched in the local market at the start of 2021.
The FX4 is based on the popular Ranger XLT, but adds several aesthetic bits and pieces to give it a unique look in our bakkie mad country.
The FX4 features a black sports bar over the loading bay, 3D' FX4' decals, a blackened grille that reminds of the Ranger Thunder, and an interior that features red stitching.
The front seats are embroidered with 'FX4' in the headrests.
The Ranger FX4 is powered by Ford's single-turbo 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 132kW and 420Nm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via Ford's acclaimed 10-speed automatic gearbox, but 4x4 can be activated using the rotary knob next to the gear lever.
Cape Town radio personality Tyrone Paulsen recently went for a drive in the Ranger FX4 4x4 and walked away impressed by what the bakkie has to offer.
He says: "I'm not a bakkie person because I've never understood the appeal to it. But after driving this vehicle, it's kind of changed my perception a little. Why? Because it feels like you're driving a big, large SUV."
The Ford Ranger FX4 4x4 is priced from R712 300.