Meet the new Ford Ranger FX4 2023disclosure
Posted 03/08/2022 21:14 | Updated on 03/08/2022 21:18
RIO – Ford introduced the modernized 2023 Ranger line for off-road enthusiasts. It’s a new version called FX4, which adds all the elements from the more complete versions, to a proposal that is 100% dedicated to 4×4 off-road challenges. The advanced and adventurous version comes with a 3.2 hp 200 hp turbocharged engine, an enhanced safety package, and a suggested starting price of R$288,000 (with lower IPI).
The name FX4, a brand name for Ford and 4×4 vehicles, began to be used by Ford in the early 2000s to designate the off-road package in the brand’s pickup trucks. The variant arrives to add to the list of Ranger options, which in the past two years has acquired two more, Storm and Black. The two versions alone sold 3,288 units, driving the brand to a 28% growth in sales in 2021.
With the increased demand for different versions, the brand has decided to fill another gap as customers are looking for off-road characteristics, but also want to evolve. In this sense, the Ranger FX4 comes with a 3.2-liter turbodiesel engine, capable of producing 200 hp and generating 47.9 kg per minute. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, 4×4 traction and an electronic rear differential lock.
The version has Storm Edition’s custom off-road suspension and AdvanceTrac electronics with electronic stability and traction control, anti-roll and adaptive load control, hill start assist, automatic descent control, reversing camera, and a rear parking sensor. Safety is enhanced by seven airbags.
As on the XLT version, the truck offers dual-zone digital air conditioning, driver’s seat with lumbar and power adjustment, rain sensor, dashboard with two LCD screens, SYNC multimedia center with 8-inch screen, access to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Close Assist bucket cover.
Inside, the difference between the FX4 and other more adventurous versions is the leather upholstery of the seats, with red stitching. Same tone as the top stitching of the gear knob, steering wheel and armrest. In front of the passenger and on the steering wheel, glossy black color also highlights the version.
In the external design, the version has an appearance inspired by the F-150 line and also from the younger sister Maverick. Full LED headlights and floodlights have a black mask. The darker tone is also present in the version-named mirrors and grille, as well as on the 18-inch wheels with multi-use wheels. In fact, the version still offers an off-road option, with 17-inch wheels and multi-use tires used in the Storm. The exchange costs R$2,000 more.
Other details designed only for the release are the stickers with the FX4 inscription on the sides and back; santônio in black with an exclusive design. New Ranger wheel arches on the variant have been enlarged to reduce the risk of wheel shock on the most intense off-road stretches. As an option, the version features a diving system, which increases the margin of safety when crossing submerged extensions up to 80 cm. There are also organizer boxes for the bucket with a key and a capacity of 42 liters.
To meet the legal requirements of the Proconve 7, Ford needed to update the pollutant reduction system for the diesel engines used in the Ranger 2023. With the improvements, the brand was able to exceed the targets of the new legislation by 70%. The brand also reveals that it made changes to double the period between replenishing the particulate filter by introducing a 20-liter tank of Arla 32 liquid reagent. The component needs to be changed every 10 or 14 thousand kilometers on average. According to the brand, the cost of this exchange is less than 0.01 RRL per kilometer driven.
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