4 x 4 Australia



THE engineerin­g boffins at TJM 4x4 Accessorie­s are working around the clock to bring to market its range of equipment for the just-released 2023 Ford Ranger. The Australian company recently revealed a couple of teaser shots on its website of a next-gen Ranger draped in TJM gear.

The images – more than likely computer-generated – show a Ranger wearing a hoopless steel bar with an integrated light bar.

“We are hard at work doing what we do best: designing and engineerin­g a range of premium accessorie­s to turn this highly-anticipate­d utility vehicle in to an off-roading super weapon,” the website says.

TJM adds it will have a “fully-loaded suite of bullbars, side-steps, rear bars, underbody protection, premium canopies and Airtec snorkels ... (as well as) the newest line of XGS premium suspension kits”.

It’s unclear when these products will be revealed and released, but expect a smorgasbor­d of equipment from aftermarke­t companies to land on shelves in the coming months.

As revealed earlier this year, a partnershi­p between Ford and ARB will allow owners to option up their vehicle from Ford dealership­s with a suite of ARB accessorie­s including bullbars, canopies, air lockers, suspension packages and underbody protection.

The Ford Ranger is officially on sale now, with 17,000 pre-orders currently being filled and arriving in driveways as we speak. Ford Australia says it intends to bring 10,000 Rangers to Australia over the next two months.

The P703 Ranger is available in XL, XLS, XLT, Sport and Wildtrak guise – with a Ranger Raptor set to land in August. The 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel with 10-speed auto is carried over from the previous model, while a 3.0-litre diesel V6 engine is all-new.

The cheapest 4x4 option is an XL single cab-chassis priced at $47,030 before on-road costs, with the range maxxing out at $70,190 plus ORC for the V6-powered Wildtrak.

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