Lim­ited-edi­tion fight

Hilux Raider Black ver­sus Ford Ranger Fx4

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Toy­ota South Africa Mo­tors have tra­di­tion­ally been pretty suc­cess­ful in slap­ping on a lim­ited edi­tion badge on its Hilux, and then sell­ing droves of bakkies. Think the Leg­end se­ries, and the Dakar.

In April, Ford added to its lim­ited edi­tion of­fer­ings, sup­ple­ment­ing the Wild­trak with the in­tro­duc­tion of its F×4 Ranger. How­ever, Toy­ota was not to be out­done... in Au­gust, the com­pany launched the Hilux Black; a lim­ited edi­tion de­riv­a­tive fea­tur­ing unique cos­metic de­tail­ing.

We drove both the new Ford and Hilux in­side a week. Here’s what you can get ex­tra for your hard-earned cash.

FORD RANGER FX4

The Ranger F×4 de­riv­a­tive is avail­able on the 3.2-litre 4×4 dou­ble cabs (man­ual and au­to­matic). The F×4 badge is based on Ford’s pop­u­lar F-se­ries pick-ups as sold in the USA, and in the Ranger ap­pli­ca­tion it adds some cos­metic up­grades as well as the lat­est tech in the cabin.

On the styling front, the ra­di­a­tor grille, fog lamp bezels, ex­te­rior mir­rors, roof rails and the door and tail­gate han­dles are fin­ished in black. The 17inch al­loys are also decked out in a pan­ther black fin­ish, as are the side steps, rear bumper and spe­cial F×4 tubu­lar sports bar in the load bay. The pack­age is rounded off with F×4 de­cals on the flanks and tail­gate.

The lim­ited edi­tion model is avail­able in four colours: frozen white, moon­dust sil­ver, sea grey and pan­ther black.

In the cabin, the F×4 is fit­ted with the lat­est-gen­er­a­tion SYNC3 nav­i­ga­tion and in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. The sys­tem is ac­ces­si­ble via a new eight-inch touch­screen and a voice com­mand sys­tem.

Pric­ing is an im­por­tant fac­tor, of course. The top F×4 3.2TDCi 4×4 dou­ble cab AT model re­tails for R608 900, that’s R15 000 more than the stan­dard Ranger 3.2TDCi 4×4 dou­ble cab AT.

In­ter­est­ingly though, the top Wild­trak model re­tails for R619 900, mak­ing it the most ex­pen­sive model in the line-up.

TOY­OTA HILUX RAIDER BLACK

Toy­ota has in­cluded the 2.8GD-6 dou­ble cab 4×2 de­riv­a­tives in the new Black lim­ited edi­tion range. From a pric­ing per­spec­tive, the en­trylevel Black 4×2 model thus un­der­cuts the man­ual F×4 4×4 by quite a mar­gin.

The new Black range is avail­able in three colours: glacier white, chromium sil­ver and graphite grey. The unique ex­te­rior de­tail­ing of this model in­cludes: gloss black front grille and front bumper in­sert, colour-coded over-fend­ers, door han­dles and mir­rors, a gloss black roof and 18-inch al­loy wheels. Also part of the pack­age is a black rear styling bar and black ton­neau cover.

In the cabin there are up­grades. Th­ese in­clude black leather in­te­rior with sil­ver stitch­ing, car­bon-fi­bre panel in­serts and an elec­tri­cally ad­justable driver’s seat.

On av­er­age, the Black ver­sions re­tail for R27 000 more than their stan­dard coun­ter­part. For in­stance, the top 2.8GD-6 Hilux Raider Black dou­ble cab 4×4 AT re­tails for R604 300 com­pared to R573 000 for the stan­dard de­riv­a­tive.

THE DRIVE – FX4 VER­SUS BLACK

From a me­chan­i­cal point of view, both the Ford and Toy­ota lim­ited edi­tion mod­els re­main 100% stan­dard – so the drive is ex­actly the same as in their stan­dard cousins. That means you get 147kW of power and 470Nm of torque from the Ford’s 3.2-litre five-cylin­der tur­bod­iesel, and 130kW and up to 450Nm of torque from Toy­ota’s 2.8-litre four-cylin­der tur­bod­iesel mill. If we were af­ter an Fx4 or Black with a man­ual gear­box, we reckon the Hilux has the edge. If an au­to­matic gear­box is the pre­ferred method of swap­ping gears, then the Ranger’s six-speed ‘box gets our vote. But the ac­tual driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in the re­spec­tive mod­els are prob­a­bly not the main sell­ing points. In­stead, it’s more about the fash­ion ap­peal and ex­clu­siv­ity of th­ese lim­ited edi­tion mod­els. Both th­ese mod­els tick the fash­ion ap­peal and ex­clu­siv­ity boxes. In the end, it’s about per­sonal brand pref­er­ences. Suf­fice to say that, al­though the Hilux is cur­rently in the year-to-date sales lead by a rel­a­tively nar­row mar­gin, the fight be­tween the Hilux and Ranger is far from won or lost. The bat­tle is well and truly on.

PRIC­ING – FX4 VER­SUS BLACK:

Toy­ota Hilux 2.8GD-6 4x2 Raider Black Toy­ota Hilux 2.8GD-6 4x2 Raider Black AT Toy­ota Hilux 2.8GD-6 4x4 Raider Black Ford Ranger Fx4 3.2TDCi dou­ble cab 4x4 Toy­ota Hilux 2.8GD-6 4x4 Raider Black AT Ford Ranger Fx4 3.2TDCi dou­ble cab 4x4 AT R521 100 R538 900 R585 300 R593 900 R604 300 R608 900

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