By on June 30, 2020

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If you’re in the market for a midsize pickup and possess an irresistible urge to tackle the worst terrain you can find, chances are the most rugged variants of Chevy’s Colorado and Toyota’s Tacoma top your list of maybes. Ford would like a word.

The Ranger didn’t enter the segment with the brawniest hardware in tow, but the passage of time has a way of correcting mistakes (if you want to look at it that way). On Tuesday, the Blue Oval debuted a trio of packages designed to deliver more off-road capability — and even power. Raptor Lite?

Apparently, Ranger buyers bought, on average, $650 worth of accessories in 2019, so Ford opted to give them more choice. These packages cost way more than that, but they’re not just appearance-only frills.

Nor does the EPA need to know about them.

The dealer-installed Ford Performance Level 1, 2, and 3 packages all contain a leveling kit (one assumes a 2-inch lift in the front, like with the ROUSH kit already favored by some owners), beefy monotube FOX shocks (tuned by Ford Performance) front and rear, 17-inch Dyno Grey wheels, and look-at-me Ford Performance graphics. That’s all you’ll get on the $2,495 entry package, but the other levels dial up the noise.

Level 2 brings a power upgrade for the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, bumping output to 315 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque (up from 270 hp and 310 lb-ft), with tow hooks, off-road fog lights, and chunkier BFGoodrich KO2 265/70 R17 tires tossed in the mix. Minus the rugged add-ons, it’s reminiscent of the EcoBoost Mustang’s High Performance Package. Price tag: $4,495.

Moving up to Level 3 ensures the most stares, as the package adds all the aforementioned kit, plus a 40-inch LED lightbar (make sure you have this on at all times, to ensure urban safety), red tow hooks, a winch-capable front bumper, a performance exhaust courtesy of Ford Performance, and a chase rack for that Mad Max vibe. Prepare to spend, as all of these goodies carry a cost of $8,995.

Blue Oval fanatics might just feel such expenditure is necessary to rival various ZR2s and TRD Pros. It’s worth noting, too, that these packages can be added to all existing 2019 Rangers, as well as new buys.

If this thing turns your crank, Level 1 and 2 packages will be available come August, but the full-tilt Level 3 won’t be along until next summer. That’s a drag.

[Image: Ford]

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13 Comments on “Ford Ranger Packages Aim for Off-Roadability, but There’s Power to Be Had, Too...”


  • avatar
    EBFlex

    I remember being laughed out of the room on this very site because I had the audacity, early on, to suggest Ford could offer a Ranger Raptor look alike in this country and use a tune, similar to what Ford offered on the 2015-2017 Mustang, as a way to boost power.

    I was summarily dismissed saying it won’t make sense to Fire, what about warranty costs, that’s a Mustang tune not a Ranger tune, etc.

    God it’s good to be right. Never gets old despite it happening every single day.

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      Well I’d say based on the pricing, it will be VERY profitable if anybody is buying.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      If by laughed out of the room you mean pretty much agreed with by almost everyone then sure.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        Nobody agreed with me in the comments section where I posted my thought regarding the Ranger.

        I called out Ford for the decision to not sell the Ranger Raptor here postulating that it would sell like nobody would believe.

        The usual clowns said I was insane because nobody would buy it with a diesel. I retorted that they can just use the 2.3L that’s in it and just tune it a bit like they did the Mustang. (and at that point I would link a Jalopnik article explaining the tune that I suggested they use).

        And still, everyone was against it.

  • avatar
    JMII

    I’ve been looking at Rangers (used purchase next year) but I want a lowering kit. The truck sits too high as is. The Ranger forum has multiple complains about the truck not sitting level especially compared to the CGI renderings Ford uses in marketing and the online configuration tool. The back end is up and it only looks normal when loaded. Thus most just lift the front to level it out.

    I want a Ranger Lighting. So I’d take the tuning package with more power and a sport exhaust but no thanks to the other off road stuff. However a small light bar would be welcome for those 5AM fishing trips to out of the way places.

    • 0 avatar
      S197GT

      i could not have written your first paragraph better. my exact same thoughts, thank you.

      having spent thousands to “fix” my long-gone S197 GT’s suspension, i’m not interested in doing the same with a ranger.

    • 0 avatar
      Carrera

      JMII is right. I have that impression too when I look at a ranger. The back end is way up in the air. Since our Ranger is based on the global Ranger where most of them are used for work in agricultural conglomerates , the suspension is probably a carry over. On my last visit to Europe, I’ve seen a huge agroindustrial group who owns thousands of acres of land and animal farms using mostly Toyota Hilux and to a smaller extent Ford Rangers. The back end high in the air was definitely needed there but not here in USA where these are family vehicles. As a funny side note, when I had friends who visited me in a large Central Florida suburb they were rather perplexed and asked me “where are the farms, we see so many pick up trucks everywhere and all are so clean..”

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        Thanks. I think a big problem with this gen Ranger is the wheels look tiny on it. There is one in my neighborhood with the FX2 package and the bed is chest high to me at 6 foot even. The rear wheel gap is a joke, its raked like a dragster… see: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2019/08/13/ford-sporty-ranger-fx2-package.html
        My 2WD Dakota SLT looks like a low rider in comparison.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    A leveling kit is useless. You carry any gear and the back end squats. This is just a street queen appearance package. Where are the lockers and skid plates?

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      I sense there’s a real Raptor II coming up. So this is just an appetizer. Yeah for girls only. With the 2.7TT V6 too, I hear. A real animal.

      But 2 inch blocks in the rear are just as easy (to do) as a “leveling kit”. With enough lift (not too much), plus slightly bigger tires, it avoids a lot of belly scrapes.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Meh I’ll just take an XLT crew cab 4×4 with the “tune”.

    Oh and some steps, my 5’3″ wife bought steps for my old 4×2 F150 when we were seriously dating because she felt she needed assistance to get in.

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