Ford is arguably in a tough spot when it comes to trying to make its Ranger models stand out, given the huge number of styling accessories and design extras you can buy for this ute. A drive through the suburbs of any major city in Australia will highlight just how much black plastic cladding, oversized wheels and tyres, stickers and stick-on elements are available.
So the FX4 needed to be acceptable to the mainstream buyer, but also offer something a bit more eye-catching than what you get in the standard Ranger XLT. And to my eye, the company has nailed it.
The additional exterior design bits you get on the FX4 over the XLT include ebony black mirrors, door handles an fender features, plus an ebony black grille, a matte black extended sports bar, 18-inch black alloys specific to the FX4 model, side decals and rear badging, plus a number of changes to the interior - check out our interior pics to see what I mean. A lot of those bits replace the chrome elements of the XLT.
While our test vehicle is finished in Arctic White, you can also choose Aluminium Silver, True Red, Meteor Grey and Shadow Black. Think you can pick the two colours that don’t cost you extra? It’s the red and white hues, as the others add $650 to the price. You can’t get it in blue, orange, green or yellow.
The body shape of the FX4 is limited to the dual cab model, and I really think the new LED headlights look a lot more modern than the HID headlights of the old model - much sharper than projectors or xenons, too. Chuck a set of driving lights or a light bar on, and it’d look even better.
There’s no hardcore underbody protection beyond the standard level of stuff you get underneath, and just like the other Ford utes, you get a rear step bumper for easy utility body access.