After initially reviewing the new-to-U.S. Ford Ranger upon the nameplate’s return to the American marketplace for 2019, we were unimpressed with its already-old styling, so-so experience and dealing with, and low-rent cabin. To be honest, the Ranger had already been on sale for a while globally earlier than it was modified for American clients, and we nonetheless deem it a succesful truck with a stable (and segment-unique) turbocharged four-cylinder fuel engine. Now Ford is injecting a bit extra enchantment into its mid-size pickup by upping the Ranger’s off-road functionality with a brand new Ford Efficiency line of off-road accent packs.
Will these Efficiency packages change any of our baseline complaints in regards to the Ranger? No, however they provide a compelling distraction from them. Obtainable in three grades of accelerating burliness, the packs might be added to any four-wheel-drive 2019 or 2020 Ranger mannequin.
The primary Ford Efficiency off-road accent pack runs an inexpensive $2,495, pre-installation—a steal for what’s included. For that outlay, you get slight suspension elevate for the entrance finish (leveling out the truck’s commonplace butt-in-the-air stance), 17-inch Dyno Grey wheels, Ford Efficiency bodyside graphics, and—most critically—a set of FOX 2.zero Efficiency Sequence monotube shocks that includes a floating piston design. The shocks have been particularly tuned by Ford Efficiency for this software, too, and are the identical model (although not the identical models) used on the mighty Ford F-150 Raptor.
If you wish to actually take your Ranger’s off-roading to the following degree, you possibly can go for the extent two efficiency pack. It contains every part from the primary package deal, plus much more off-road goodies. These 17-inch wheels are upgraded to BF Goodrich KO2 tires for further grip past pavement, the Ranger’s entrance bumper receives two blue tow hooks, and there is a Inflexible-brand off-road accent lighting equipment.
A Ford Performance engine calibration (out there individually) additionally included within the degree two efficiency pack bumps output from the Ford’s turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder from 270 horsepower to 315 ponies at 4,500 rpm. Peak torque jumps, too, from 310 lb-ft to 370 lb-ft, and that twist is obtainable low down within the rev vary, at solely 2,500 rpm. In complete, the extent two off highway efficiency pack will set you again $4,495 earlier than set up prices—nonetheless affordable, contemplating that is the closest you possibly can convey Ford’s Ranger to the extremely succesful Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 utilizing manufacturing facility bits.
The third and last type of the brand new Ford Efficiency off-road pack contains every part from ranges one and two, and provides a 40-inch gentle bar by Inflexible, red-painted tow hooks (versus blue ones), a winch built-in into the entrance bumper, a chase rack (that black roll-hoop-lookin’ factor on the purple truck within the photographs), and a Ford Efficiency exhaust. All of those degree three efficiency pack goodies will run you $8,995 (additionally pre-installation).
These dealer-installed off-road efficiency packs are, no doubt, candy. They need to turn out to be useful for Ranger house owners who need a bit of extra off-road potential out of their vans and an enormous injection of rugged model. ? The Ford Efficiency packages (degree one and two) can be out there to order in August 2020; sadly, the extent three pack will not be out there till subsequent summer time.