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Ranger powers up for new year

Ford adds more to best-seller in bid to cement model’s place at top of the market.
Posted on 13 January, 2020
Ranger powers up for new year

Ford hopes to extend its dominance in the commercial vehicle sector with a new version of the Ranger now available in New Zealand.

The Ford Ranger FX4 Bi-Turbo Special Edition is being offered as part of the 2020.25MY line-up and is based on the Ranger XLT double-cab.

“We are excited to be able to offer our customers the new FX4 with the Bi-Turbo engine alongside the class-leading 10-speed automatic transmission,” says Simon Rutherford, managing director, Ford New Zealand. “To have the addition of both a 4WD and 2WD Ranger FX4 really steps things up for them and it is the first time we have offered the Bi-Turbo/10-speed combination in a 2WD Ranger.”

The Ranger was the top-selling commercial vehicle in 2019 when it sold 9,485 units for a 19 per cent share of the market. 

Ford's latest version of the successful model sits between the Ranger XLT and the Ranger Wildtrak models. New features on the FX4 Bi-Turbo include a front mesh grille, finished in Ebony Black, flanked by darkened versions of the marque’s Bi-LED High Performance Headlights.

FX4 specific 18-inch alloy wheels continue the black detailing for the vehicle that is available in in five exterior colour choices: Shadow Black, Arctic White, True Red, Meteor Grey and Aluminium Metallic.

Inside the cabin are leather-accented sports bucket seats and a “soft top” instrument panel, along with voice-activated sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, a full-colour reversing camera and digital instrumentation.

Driver-assist technology on the Ranger FX4 Bi-Turbo includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane keeping aid with lane departure warning and driver alert, traffic sign recognition and automatic high-beam headlights. 

The Ranger FX4 Bi-Turbo is offered with the latest generation 2.0 litre Bi-Turbo, 10-speed powertrain as standard on either the 4WD or 2WD.

With 157kW/500Nm, the Bi-Turbo powertrain was first introduced on the Ford Performance Ranger Raptor and is fitted with a 10-speed paddle shift automatic. The 10-speed automatic includes a lock-out feature to hold specific gears when towing, giving the vehicle a towing capacity of 3500kg braked.

The Bi-Turbo also claims a fuel efficiency figure of 6.7l/100km combined for the 2WD and 7.4l/100km combined on the 4WD.

Pricing for the Ranger FX4 Bi-Turbo starts from $ 55,390.