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Ford Ranger FX2 turns your 2WD ute into a tougher truck


Remember the Ford Falcon RTV ute? The concept has been reborn courtesy of the 2020 Ford Ranger FX2, which has been revealed in the US.

The Ranger FX2 package is designed to "add off-road style and capability to two-wheel-drive trucks", with a number of additions to the body and under the metal to give less desirable 4x2 models a bit more appeal in the showroom, and on the street. 

The FX2 Ranger model adds a locking rear differential, can be had on 17-inch or 18-inch wheels with off-road tyres, and there are additions like an underbody bash plate and deletion of the air dam to improve the ute's approach angle.

It also scores off-road tuned suspension "for increased traction and performance off-road", plus it gets Ford's off-road graphics screen with pitch, roll and yaw angles displayed.

Sadly, Ford Australia product communications manager Damion Smy said the FX2 package will not be offered locally.

"FX2 is a US market specific product. We may not get that exact package, but we're always pushing for ways to give customers more choice in that segment," said Mr Smy.

"We announced the heavy duty suspension option for XL as part of our coming model year 2020 updates - and we will continue to offer more choice for consumers with Ranger. The Ranger is in a highly competitive market, and the latest announcement shows our commitment to offering alternatives to local customers.

"Year to date the Ranger is the best-selling 4x4 pick-up in Australia. That's where our energy is focused at the moment," Mr Smy said.

Indeed, Australian Ford Ranger sales currently sway well towards 4x4 models - in fact, the ratio is almost 10:1 when it comes to 4x4 vs 4x2 sales.