The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger has now been on sale for about six months, finally reappearing in the U.S. late last year after an extended eight-year absence. Riding on the same Ford T6 platform the Ranger uses globally, the new Ranger delivers midsize pickup goodness in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, taking the fight to rivals like the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier. One of the best parts about the new Ford Ranger is an optional appearance package, but the optional feature has gone mostly unnoticed. Here’s Ford Authority to save the day.
Officially called Black Appearance Package, the optional packet of goodies gives customers even more choices when it comes to customizing the exterior of the Ford Ranger. It joins two other optional exterior styling packages already offered for the 2019 Ford Ranger – Chrome Appearance Package and Sport Appearance Package.
The addition of this third, dark-themed package will no doubt help to leverage the popularity of blacked-out exterior upgrades seen all around the industry these days.
So then, the 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package comes with a long list of new components, including:
- High-gloss black 18-inch aluminum wheels
- Black lower valence
- Black running boards
- Black sill plate
- Black bumpers
- Black grille
- Black fender vent surround
- Black spray-in bed liner
- Black sideview mirrors
- Black skid plate (for models equipped with FX4 Off-Road Package)
These dark components are particularly impactful when paired with a bright exterior paint option like Lightning Blue or Hot Pepper Red, or a bright one like Oxford White. However, the Saber (orange) exterior color is not offered with the Black Appearance Package, given that many of the exterior components are instead finished in grey when offered with that color.
The 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package is available on XLT and Lariat trim levels. In other words, it’s not available with the XL trim level. Pricing is set at $1,995.
Adding the Black Appearance Package to XLT trim levels requires the addition of the 301A Equipment Group, which tosses in an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, power-folding sideview mirrors, SiriusXM satellite radio, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system. Meanwhile, Lariat models require the 501A Equipment Group, which includes the 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo (SuperCrew only), Technology Package, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Remote Start, and a Windshield Wiper De-Icer.
Indeed, it makes a whole lot of sense for Ford to double down (or rather, triple down at this point) on the exterior goodies, given more than two-thirds of 2019 Ford Ranger vehicles are equipped with one of the optional appearance packages before they make it off the dealer lot.
The 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package is available for order now.
For reference, the 2019 Ford Ranger is equipped with Ford’s turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission and either a rear-wheel-drive or 4×4 drivetrain.