2021 Ford Ranger gets Raptor X flagship, FX4 returns

The Ford Ranger FX4 is back in showrooms in July 2021, while there's a new, sportier-looking Raptor X variant atop the range.

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Another week, another new Ford Ranger.

The 2021 Ford Ranger line-up continues to grow with a new flagship Raptor X and the return of the FX4.

They’ll arrive in dealerships from July 2021, coinciding with the arrival of the 4×2 XL Sport and 4×4 XL Heavy Duty Special Edition announced earlier this month.

The Raptor X is finished with “Over The Top” stripes on its bonnet, roof and tailgate, and also includes a matte finish for its grille, bumpers, door handles, fender vent, wheel caps and other exterior elements.

It shares its 17-inch alloy wheels and BF Goodrich All-Terrain 285/70 R17 KO2 tyres with the regular Raptor, though the wheels pick up a matte black finish.

Other enhancements include:

  • Extended leg sports bar (borrowed from FX4 Max)
  • Red front tow hooks
  • Black Ford logo on tailgate
  • Red contrast stitching on the steering wheel and dash (replacing the Raptor’s blue)
  • ‘Hydrographic and Black Alley’ accents on the dashboard and door cards

Its 157kW/500Nm twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine and 10-speed automatic transmission are carried over unchanged.

The Raptor X also features the regular Raptor’s raft of off-road enhancements over lesser Rangers, including its terrain management system with Baja mode and its Fox shock absorbers.

The Ranger FX4 has returned for 2021, slotting in between the popular XLT and the new FX4 Max.

It’s available only as a dual-cab ute, though it’s available with all the XLT’s powertrain options.

The FX4 is distinguished from other Rangers by its Ebony Black-finish mesh grille, as well as its darkened Bi-LED headlights.

Its 18-inch alloy wheels – an inch larger than those of the XLT – are also finished in black, as is the sports bar.

Other cosmetic changes include 3D effect decals on the front doors and tailgate and a black finish for the mirrors and door handles. The tray also features a protective bedliner.

Just five exterior colours will be available: Shadow Black, Arctic White, True Red, Meteor Grey, and Aluminium Metallic.

Inside, there are leather front sports seats with embossed red FX4 logos, plus matching red stitching on the steering wheel, shifter, handbrake, door trim and floor mats.

‘Tinted Graphite’ accents can be found on the instrument panel and door trims.

There’s a choice of two turbo-diesel engines: a 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder, available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and a 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder with a 10-speed automatic.

Payload is 978kg with the 3.2-litre and manual, 960kg with the auto, and 993kg with the twin-turbo four. Braked towing capacity is 3500kg on all FX4 models.

Pricing

  • 2021 Ford Ranger FX4 3.2 manual: $59,990
  • 2021 Ford Ranger FX4 3.2 auto: $62,190
  • 2021 Ford Ranger FX4 2.0 auto: $63,690
  • 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor X: $79,390

All prices exclude on-road costs.

For a full overview of the 2021 Ford Ranger line-up, check out our pricing and specs article.

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