Mention FX4 to any Ford enthusiast and they will immediately tell you that it's a special 4x4 version of the F-150. In the Philippines, Ford also used the FX4 badge (or sticker) for the Ranger in the Philippines, but -despite the name- it was only a 4x2 version. Confusing, right?
Well, Ford it seems has addressed the confusion and released the Ford Ranger FX2... at least across the Pacific.
Say hello to the 2020 Ranger FX2, a new variant that offers off-road style with added capability.
While it may look like any Ranger on the road, the FX2 comes with what Ford calls an 'off-road tuned' suspension for increased performance while off the beaten path. In addition, it also has an electronic-locking differential which is similar as to what the 4x2 Wildtraks have here in the Philippines. This allows the Ranger FX2 to have increased traction should the going get tough, as well as help while towing.
Aside from mechanical upgrades, Ford also added a neat feature inside the cabin by way of an off-road cluster screen. With it, drivers can see the pickup's pitch, roll, and yaw in real-time. As far as styling upgrades are concerned, the FX2 can come with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in off-road tires, a front underbody guard, and an air dam-delete which further makes the FX2 distinct from the rest while also protecting the chassis.
Should the driver want a bit more styling for the FX2, Ford is also offering a wide array of styling upgrades. These include the: Black Appearance Pack, Sport Appearance Pack, and Chrome Appearance Pack.
"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. This is another way our customers can personalize Ranger to match their lifestyle while getting a great value," said Brian Bell, Ford Ranger marketing manager.
Thinking of actually getting one? Sad to say that the new FX2 is only available for the US market for now. But given its unique proposition, as well as its distinct styling from the rest of the Ranger model lineup, perhaps Ford Philippines can offer a similar-looking FX2 special. At least the rear-locking differential is already standard equipment on the 4x2 Wildtraks.