You could never accuse Ford of not offering plenty of choice in its upper-echelon Ranger variants.
The big kahuna is, of course, the $87,990 Raptor with its mighty V6 petrol engine, and below that the V6 diesel Platinum at $78,190.
Just a couple of thousand shy of that is this car at $75,990, while the V6 Wildtrak lands at $72,390 and the 2.0-litre Wildtrak (on which this car is notionally based) lobs in at $68,490.
Which means, of course, is that the real question revolves around whether the letter X is worth the extra $7500 over the 2.0-litre Wildtrak.
In many ways, the answer is yes. That’s largely because you get plenty of extra standard kit as well as some important mechanical changes.
Those start with the full-time four-wheel drive setting which means the car can, unlike the part-time all-wheel-drive standard Wildtrak, be driven on tarmac in all-wheel-drive.
That gives it an extra performance dimension as a touring vehicle which is where Ford is pitching it marketing-wise.
To help with that, the X gets a set of remote-canister Bilstein shock absorbers which aim to give the car enough bandwidth to cope with true off-roading as well as the sort of remote-area touring that Aussie families seem to enjoy, often towing a camper-trailer.
The shocks keep some of their damping fluid in a nitrogen-charged remote reservoir (rather than in the shock body itself) keeping the fluid cooler and extending the shock’s window of operation in really rough going.