Ford does not pull any punches when it comes to describing the versatility and the sheer amounts of technology that come packed into the 2019 Ranger. But what if your a customer that wants some of the rugged capability that comes with the FX4 package, but you don’t want to go all in on all-wheel drive? Ford has heard you, and has unveiled a compelling new package aimed at addressing this conundrum.
Dubbed the Ranger FX2, the package is more than just a set of nifty decals plastered on the sides of the bed, with Ford engineers adding upgrades such as an off-road suspension, an electronic locking differential system, and the removal of the front air dam and the addition of an underbody guard in an attempt to not only improve the truck’s approach and departure angles, but also provide enhanced protection when going over obstacles. Like the FX4, package exclusive off-road tires shod to either 17 or 18-inch wheels help provide copious amounts of grip when it comes time to off the beaten path.
Meanwhile, the interior undergoes relatively minor changes, with the instrument cluster now featuring a dedicated off-road page that shows drivers useful information when going on an off-roading adventure. This includes real time pitch, roll, and yaw ratings which are especially handy when the Ranger goes rock crawling, or through a tricky section of terrain. Otherwise, it’s buisness as usual, with the rest of the cabin retaining its function oriented design and the comfortable front seats needed for long road trips.
Ford is already taking orders for the FX2 Ranger, with the company asking customers to fork over an extra $595 to formally equip it to their rig. For comparision an all-wheel drive equipped FX4 model is an additional $1,295 which could make the FX2 a compelling value minded alternative for budget focused enthusiasts. The first units are expected to roll out later this year, with the first arrivals possibly beginning in late fall.
While the apperance of the FX2 is a welcome development, we are still eagerly awaiting the apperance of the Ranger Raptor which has been a very compelling international market exclusive. Raptor prototypes have been spotted testing in the U.S. which could hint at an eventual state side arrival. Ford for its part has not formally confirmed if it’s offically coming to the U.S. market. But if it is indeed coming state side, look for a turbocharged V6 to replace the diesel four cylinder currently used in other markets for easier compliance with emissions standards.
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