Whereas the Ranger does symbolize a current addition to Ford’s North American lineup, the present era of the pickup truck (codenamed T6) has been round for a few years. Motor1.com’s Brandon Turkus found it firsthand after taking the U.S.-spec Ranger Lariat out for a spin, mentioning the truck is feeling its age regardless of being added to the lineup for the 2019MY. Nonetheless, the Blue Oval is making an attempt to make the utilitarian car appear recent by including new packages.
After introducing the Black Package deal just a few months in the past, Ford is now launching an FX2 Package deal tailor-made to the two-wheel-drive variations of the truck in the identical vein because the all-wheel-drive Ranger FX4. Greater than only a physique decal slapped on the edges of the mattress, the equipment encompasses some necessary upgrades like an off-road-tuned suspension and an electronic-locking differential. As well as, the 17- or 18-inch wheels are wrapped in off-road tires, whereas on the entrance there’s an underbody guard for higher safety. You’ll additionally discover the absence of the air dam as a means to enhance the truck’s strategy angle.
Ford additionally made a minor change contained in the cabin the place the instrument cluster now incorporates a devoted off-road part offering the driving force with helpful data. It’ll turn out to be useful when tackling tough terrain as the driving force can have entry to pitch, roll, and yaw particulars in real-time.
Ford is already taking orders for the 2WD Ranger fitted with the FX2 Package deal and is asking $595, whereas the aforementioned FX4 Package deal for the 4WD-equipped mannequin is $1,295. Buyer deliveries are scheduled to being in the direction of the tip of the yr.
Whereas an off-road-oriented package deal is sweet and all, we’re nonetheless patiently ready for the Ranger Raptor to make the journey to North America. Spy pictures of camouflaged prototypes caught testing within the U.S. trace it’d finally arrive, however nothing is official at this level. All we will do is wait and see whether or not the efficiency truck already offered in Australia and Europe will make the journey to U.S. of A. If it’s certainly coming, a V6 gasoline engine might exchange the four-cylinder diesel of the worldwide Ranger Raptor.