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FX4: The Art of Illusion

Some thirty years ago, a sequel to the original action thriller movie F/X (acronym for Special Effects) was released. Called F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion the film expanded on the plot of the first, following the exploits of an expert in the art of special effects…

Now Ford has released a follow-on of the Ranger FX4 – first introduced here in 2017 as a limited series – bringing the number of special derivatives in the Ranger Series up to… four (FX4, WildTrak, Thunder and Raptor). Based on the 2.0-litre Single Turbo XLT double cab, the FX4 is available in 4×2 and 4×4 derivatives and spearheads the introduction of FordPass Connect – now standard fitment on all new Ranger XL, XLS, XLT, Wildtrak and Raptor models.

Using some visual trickery, a normal XLT is transformed to a FX4 with a sporty black mesh grille (derived from the Thunder), black mirrors and door handles, black 18-inch alloy wheels, extended-leg tubular sports bar and a practical drop-in bedliner with 12-volt power socket. Inside, it receives a leather-trimmed dashboard, steering wheel, gear lever and seats, all finished with red stitching and FX4 logos embossed on the front seats.

This art of illusion elevates “the unique character of this exclusive model to new heights” making it “a distinctive new model for discerning, lifestyle-oriented customers” and embodies the values of the Live The Ranger Life campaign, according to Ford of Southern Africa.

The FX4 is available in five distinctive colours – Sea Grey, Frozen White, Race Red, Agate Black and Moondust Silver – and for the privilege to own what in effect is an upgraded XLT, Ford will charge you R618 900 for the 2.0 Single Turbo FX4 10AT 4×2 model and R687 900 for the 4×4 version. Now we await the next special Ranger derivative… perhaps the Tremor, or the Lightning?