The auto industry at large has realized that truck customers love personalization, and brands have scrambled to meet these demands. Take the Ford Ranger, for example. Two in every three 2019 Ranger buyers have so far opted for either a Sport Appearance Package, Chrome Appearance Package or STX Appearance Package. Meanwhile, one in every three selects the FX4 off-road package. Then there’s over half of all US-spec Ford Ranger buyers choosing the Trailer Tow Package. With so many buyers going for added content, there is now the Ford Ranger FX2. Think of it as a junior FX4.
Despite the rugged intentions, the 2019 Ford Ranger FX2 is aimed at a more urban demographic. The stance of the truck utilizes 17-inch wheels with an 18-inch option available, and are wrapped in off-road tires just like the Ranger FX4. And to help clear those parking blocks in the garage, a front underbody guard and air dam delete improve the approach angles, while distinguishing it from more basic two-wheel-drive Ranger pickups.
It’s not just all show, however. The 2019 Ford Ranger FX2 also includes an electronic-locking rear differential and off-road-tuned suspension just like the FX4. Additionally, Ford’s off-road cluster screen displays pitch, roll and yaw angles in real time. Aside from four-wheel-drive, the only thing missing on the Ranger FX2 from the FX4 is the Terrain Management System with Trail Control. Like all other Ford Ranger pickup trucks from the factory, under the hood is a 2.3L EcoBoost engine attached to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features include 4G LTE wifi.
The Ford Ranger FX2 package commands a modest $595, and customers can order it right now. Deliveries start in late 2019.