We all know that off-roaders are as popular as ever these days, with just about every model that could ever possibly see time in the rough stuff offering some sort of toughened-up optional gear. Now, rear-wheel-drive Ford Ranger models can join the fun thanks to the new FX2 Package.
Luckily, the Ford Ranger FX2 package isn’t just some styling tweak – this modestly priced setup actually includes real off-roader gear for two-wheel-drive Ford Ranger models.
The big ticket item is an electronic-locking rear differential, which replaces the open diff on the standard model.
While previously available on the Ford Ranger as an optional upgrade, the electronic diff in the new FX2 package is paired with a host of complementary gear, including off-road-tuned suspension, and either standard 17-inch or optional 18-inch off-road tires, all of which combine to offer “increased traction and performance off-road.”
Further enhancements include a front underbody guard and air dam-delete, which helps to protect vital bits underneath when tackling a steep approach angle. Meanwhile, in the cabin, buyers get a new off-road cluster screen, which adds a realtime readout of pitch, roll and yaw.
“FX2 expands Ranger’s options for customers who want tough, off-road style with the functionality of a locking differential but don’t need four-wheel-drive,” said Ford Ranger marketing manager Brian Bell.
It certainly makes sense from a sales perspective, given two-thirds of Ranger buyers opt into some upgraded appearance package, while one-third of buyers opt into the existing FX4 Off-Road Package.
Pricing for the Ford Ranger FX2 Package starts at $595, and is available for order now. Deliveries will commence late in 2019.
For reference, the Ford Ranger is powered by the turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Routing the power to the ground is a 10-speed automatic transmission.