Ford is offering an FX2 Package for its two-wheel-drive Rangers. The new off-road styling kit is available for order right now, and adds an electronic-locking rear differential, off-road rubber, off-road-tuned suspension, front underbody guard, and a nifty off-road cluster screen. It’s no Ranger Raptor substitute, but the new package is made for urban truckers who don’t need a four-wheeler for their daily commute.
Ranger was a mid-grade XLT truck, which seems likely to be the volume-selling choice. The Ranger you see here is a Lariat loaded with every bell and whistle for a grand total of $45,355, which is within spitting distance of an F-150 super crew Lariat’s base price of $45,655. Now, the Ranger has more equipment and four-wheel-drive at that price point, but you’re also getting far less truck.
Ranger FX2 has nearly everything that Ford includes on the FX4 model, right down to its raised ride height, off-road suspension bits, 17- or 18-inch off-road tires, front skidplate, and pared-back front bumper. There’s even a widget in the driver information screen in the gauge cluster that displays the truck’s pitch (fore-aft lean), roll (side-to-side lean), and yaw (angle of the car relative to its direction of travel).
Ford’s off-road cluster screen allows drivers to see pitch, roll, and yaw in real time. Under the hood, the Ranger is still powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The EcoBoost engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.