Since its launch in late 2011, the ‘T6’ Ranger has been a smash hit for Ford, combining the swagger and power expected of an American truck with a Japanese-level price tag. The T6 has been so good, in fact, that it is the first international Ranger to be sold in the United States, two decades since the Global and American Rangers diverged. And it has brought a little piece of America with it to the global market, with the new off-road-ready Ranger Raptor, which made a splash on its debut here in 2018.
But the market is an unforgiving one. While the latest facelift brought the Raptor and a powerful new 2.0-liter ‘EcoBlue’ four-cylinder, the Ranger has had to fight tooth and nail for the entry-level and midrange pickup segments. Its lower-end variants now boast enhanced connectivity and entertainment, but something went missing with the last facelift: The special Ranger FX4 variant, with its evil, blacked-out trim, was conspicuously absent from the roster.
But now it’s back, and better than ever.