The Packages Adds More Off-Road Capability And Style To Non-4X4 Models

Ford Ranger
Soon the Ranger will no longer be Ford's smallest truck.

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.

We’re currently towing a 2019 Ford Ranger FX4 across America with a camping trailer. If you want to follow along, be sure to pay attention to our Facebook page, as well as our Twitter and Instagram.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Jeep Wrangler