Ford debuts sporty STX trim for Ranger
With the all new Tremor off-road package shaking things up for the Ranger, Ford has chosen to address the other side of the spectrum, and has revealed an all new STX package to help boost the Ranger’s styling credentials
Available on the Ranger XL only, the STX adds a number of features that helps make the truck a bit sportier, while also upping luxury slightly at the same time. The exterior styling is clearly focused on sport, with the truck featuring 18-inch wheels that debut a trim exclusive design. The edges even feature machined edges for a smooth yet sophisticated look. Other goodies include fog lamps, tow hooks, and a large decal on the side of the bed.
The interior stands out with a standard 8.0 inch infotainment screen that comes with Ford’s up-level SYNC 3 system. The unit also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which should please tech savvy buyers looking for maximum connectivity with their mobile devices. Dual-zone climate control is also standard on the STX, and the cabin is splashed with silver hued accents for a more modern look. Since this is a pure styling exercise, performance from the 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine remains unchanged when compared to other Ranger models.
As mentioned, the package is an XL model exclusive, but buyers can equip it to the SuperCrew or SuperCab body styles, as well as mate it to the FX2 or FX4 Off-Road packages. Thankfully, adding STX flair to your ride won’t torch your wallet, with Ford only charging $995 for the privilege.
The STX’s appearance is part of a broader effort by the company to keep the Ranger fresh in the eyes of customers. A next generation model is in the pipeline, but it won’t appear for awhile, with rumors suggesting that it could appear as early as 2022. When the new Ranger does arrive, it will help unify the U.S. spec Ranger with its international market cousin in key areas, and it would also benefit from Ford’s recently inked partnership with Volkswagen with a mid-size truck being one of the promised early fruits of this alliance.