Inspired by the success of its 4X4OTY-winning Ranger Raptor, Ford Australia has unveiled its Raptor-lite FX4 MAX.
Building on the limited-run FX4 revealed earlier this year, Ford has channelled the Raptor to create a bush-ready 4x4 with off-road-tuned suspension, rock-ready tyres and the imposing presence of its big brother.
The factory offering will not be available with Ford’s proven 3.2-litre engine. Instead, it will be powered exclusively by the 157kW-500Nm bi-turbo engine, which runs through a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Key to the FX4 MAX is its bespoke suspension setup, tested comprehensively on Australian soil. Ford Australia says the individual suspension components have been “meticulously matched for a unique combination of off-road capability and strong carrying capacity”.
To this end, new 2.0-inch monotube Fox shock absorbers are utilised front and rear, with the latter aided by a remote reservoir to ease the impact of sustained off-road bumps. The coil front end is mated to leaf springs at the rear as per a regular Ranger, with Ford aiming to balance off-roading with towing capabilities.
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