The Ranger continues to be useful for off-road enthusiasts.
Ford knows its customers like to take their trucks off-road, so the company has continually released new improvements for the Ranger to make it even more capable over rough terrain. The Ranger recently received a new off-road leveling kit as well as a rear-wheel-drive off-road variant called the FX2 Package. At this year's SEMA show, Ford will show off a variety of custom-built Ranger models with various off-road enhancements but before then, the company has announced a new part available from ARB 4x4 Accessories.
Ford Performance and ARB 4x4 Accessories have teamed up to offer components made specifically for off-roading, starting with a winch-capable front bumper for the North American Ranger. Additional components will be announced soon as part of the collaboration including bumpers, roof racks, snorkels, air compressors, and lighting.
"For Ranger customers who want the ultimate adventure gear, a Ford Performance collaboration with ARB is a dream come true," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories. "With 45 years of design and engineering experience in the Overlanding and rock-crawling world, ARB is bringing additional options for Ranger customers looking to make their truck even more capable."
"The goal of the relationship between ARB and Ford Performance is to provide Ford customers premium and functional off-road accessories that inspire personalized vehicle customization, improve off-road capability, and empower customers to feel comfortable using their vehicles - even in remote areas," said Lachlan McCann, ARB chief operating officer.
ABR's winch-capable front bumper is finished in a durable Integrit powder coat, so it blends in with the Ranger's rugged lines. It is built using steel up to 3/16 of an inch thick and attaches to the existing chassis mounting points. Since the bumper was specifically developed for the Ranger, all of the truck's Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver-assist technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning still function properly.
The bumper will able to accommodate WARN Industries winches including the M8000, XD9000, 9.5XP, 9.5XDC, and VR EVO 10-S, lightbars including the RIGID SR-Series LED 6-inch and 30-inch lengths, antennas, flag mounts, and jacking points. Ford says the winch-capable front bumper will be available in 2020 through dealerships and Ford Performance Parts distributors for $1,495 (before installation).