The Ford Ranger FX4 Is Back! Sort of…

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Special edition Ranger FX4 makes us want the American Ranger — now!

While we Americans continue to wait (and wait, and wait) on the return of the Ranger, our pals on the other side of the globe are getting yet another version of the mid-size pickup. The Ranger FX4 is nothing new, of course, having debuted in the U.S. back in 2002, but now Ford has brought the moniker back, though with a twist.


Back in 2002 the FX4 package came with additional goodies which enhanced off-road driving. They included a 4.10:1 geared limited slip rear end, 31″ BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO tires, Bilstein shocks, heavy-duty springs, tow hooks, and a beefier front skidplate. The same holds true with the current F-150 FX4, which comes with things like skidplates and specially tuned shocks.

So it only stands to reason that the new Ranger FX4 would come with at least a couple of off-road goodies, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, as the new special edition truck is merely an appearance package. Albeit a nice one, at least.


Checking off the FX4 box nets you special black 18″ wheels, a custom grille, and embroidery in the leather seats. You also get a host of black external bits – side mirrors, foglight bezels, sports bar, roof rails, side steps, and door/tailgate handles. That black theme carries over to the inside, where you’ll find the hue on some dash parts and the special floor mats.

The FX4 package is available in crew cab, four-wheel drive configuration with the 3.2-liter diesel engine. You can opt for either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, and the package limits you to four color options – Frozen White, Ingot Silver, Magnetic, and Shadow Black.


If you live in Australia, that is. Otherwise, you’re still waiting for the regular old Ranger, let alone any sort of special edition. Until then, we wait patiently(?) while we watch our Aussie friends have all the fun!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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