The two-wheel drive Ranger gets its off-road package.
Since the 2019 Ford Ranger went on sale earlier this year, you’ve only been able to buy an FX4 Off-Road Package for four-wheel drive models. That makes sense, naturally, given the inclination for people to actually take their four-wheel drive trucks off the beaten track. However, Ford just opened up orders for the FX2 Package. As its name implies, the package provides off-road kit for your two-wheel drive Ranger.
The $595 Ranger FX2 Package focuses on making the truck look more like an off-roader, despite its lack of four-wheel drive. To that end, you get off-road tires, off-road tuned suspension, a front underbody guard and Ford’s off-road screen in the instrument cluster. One more degree of functionality comes in the electronic locking rear differential, which also comes as part of the package. Ford Ranger FX2 comes with 17-inch wheels as standard, though you can upgrade them to 18-inch wheels instead.
More or less, the FX2 Package fills out the spectrum of appearance options for the Ranger. From the Sport Appearance Package to the Chrome Appearance Package or STX Appearance Package, now the FX2 offers two-wheel drive Ranger owners a more rugged look.
“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,” Ford marketing manager Brian Bell says. Against the $1,295 FX4 Off-Road Package plus the $4,000 premium to get a 4×4 Ranger in the first place, $595 offers buyers a cheaper option if they just want the off-road look.
According to Ford, Ranger buyers can order the FX2 Package now. Deliveries for FX2-equipped models will start in late 2019.
In the meantime, check out our test of the (four-wheel drive) Ranger Lariat FX4 against the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: