Ford in Australia has revealed its new Ranger FX4 Max, an off-road-ready double-cab bakkie inspired by the flagship Raptor.

Seemingly similar to North America’s recently unveiled Tremor package, the FX4 Max is fitted with two-inch monotube Fox shocks, offering increased travel and ride height. The Blue Oval brand says the suspension system has been “crafted to soak up punishing impacts and smooth out bumps and ruts” while still offering a comfortable on-road experience.

Just like the Raptor, the FX4 Max is powered by Ford’s twin-turbo 2,0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, sending the same 157 kW and 500 N.m to all four corners via a ten-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the Raptor, though, this model boasts a braked towing rating of 3 500 kg and a 981 kg payload capacity (compared with the flagship model’s efforts of 2 500 kg and 607 kg, respectively).

The special Ranger furthermore rides on new 17-inch alloys with a +42 mm offset, resulting in a 26 mm increase in wheel track width, and wrapped in BFGoodrich all-terrain tyres. Like the Tremor, the Ranger gains off-road side-steps (that the company says don’t sacrifice ground clearance).

However, this version also features a Raptor-style grille, complete with bold “Ford” lettering, as well as a tubular sports bar that incorporates a high-level lamp to light the load bay.

Inside, you’ll find an “upfitter” auxiliary switch pack (working with the upgraded 250 A alternator), allowing buyers to control accessories such as light bars, winches and air compressors from inside the cabin. There are also embroidered leather seats with Miko suede inserts, contrast stitching and carbon-look accents.

No word yet on whether Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has any plans to offer something similar locally...