Ford Ranger FX4 May Debut at Detroit Auto Show

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Ford Ranger FX4

The off-road version of the 2019 Ford Ranger could be unveiled right alongside the base model.

We’ve known for nearly a year now that the 2019 Ford Ranger is a go. And judging by the past, it’s a safe assumption that Ford will pull the covers off the new Ranger at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in January. After all, the Detroit-based extravaganza is exactly where we originally learned the mid-size pickup was returning to the U.S. And it’s also where Ford unveiled the 2018 F-150 to the world.

Ford Ranger FX4

But it’s beginning to look like we won’t just be laying eyes upon the base model Ranger in Detroit. Trucks.com recently spied an off-road ready Ford Ranger FX4 tooling around the automaker’s home base in Dearborn. Despite the heavy camo, it’s easy to tell that this is no ordinary pickup. There’s an obvious increase in ground clearance and off-road spec tires underneath.  Sure, it’s not the Ranger Raptor that our friends down under will be treated to, but it’s a start.

Ford Ranger FX4

Of course, the rest of the world has been able to buy a Ford Ranger FX4 since early spring of this year. While the trucks probably won’t be identical, many features should carry over. And like the original Ranger FX4 that debuted back in 2002, you can bet on the aforementioned extra ground clearance, more aggressive tires, skidplates, and specially tuned suspension.

Ford Ranger FX4

Styling should vary slightly from the global FX4. But it will certainly feature unique touches that separate it from the base Ranger. Overseas, the package nets you unique 18-inch wheels, a custom grille, and FX4 badging inside and out. The truck also features blacked out wheels, side mirrors, sports bar, roof rails, foglight bezels, sidesteps, and door and tailgate handles.

Ford Ranger FX4

The international FX4 comes only in crew cab, four-wheel drive configuration with a 3.2-liter diesel. It’s unclear what will power the North American version. But a diesel is a possibility, though we assume gasoline engines will be available as well. Regardless, the Ford Ranger FX4 is aimed squarely at the Chevy Colorado Z71 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport. And by the looks of things, we think it’ll do just fine!

 

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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