For a $3425 premium over the XLT, the FX4 scores new 18-inch alloy wheels, black trim elements including roof rails, grille, sports bars, rear bumper, side steps and door handles, plus leather seats, and, you guessed it, some stickers.
That pitches the FX4 at $58,915 (before options and on road costs) for the six-speed manual, or $61,115 for an automatic like our test car.
Remember though, that an XLT gets most of the same gear, but in chrome. So if you break it down, the extras are limited to the roof rails, one-inch larger wheels, leather appointments on the seats, and a tin of black paint.
With all that said, let’s talk about the 2017 Ford Ranger FX4.
The Ranger continues to be the highest-selling vehicle in the Ford portfolio, and regularly dukes it out with the Toyota HiLux as the number one vehicle in the country. In fact, so far this year, it holds the title of being the best-selling 4×4 ute in Australia.
It’s not a recent success story either, as last year, a shade under 31,000 4×4 Ranger pickups were sold, with two-thirds being the high spec XLT and Wildtrak variants.