A few days ago, we reported that Ford had just released what it claimed to be the Ranger’s most capable factory version yet. Basically, this is the Ford Ranger clad in the brand’s new Tremor Off-Road Package—an interesting proposition for those not content with the stock truck’s capability.
There’s just one issue: The Tremor Off-Road Package was only announced for the US market. It looks like this situation has changed, though, after Ford Australia announced the release of a similar setup in the form of the Ranger FX4 Max.
Like the Tremor in the US, the Ranger FX4 Max flaunts upgrades that build further on the pickup’s stock package. These come in the form of a Fox monotube suspension setup that adds ride height and more travel, new 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, new side steps, and a grille reminiscent of the Ranger Raptor’s.
As we said, it’s similar to what the Tremor offers in the US market, but there are a few notable differences. The grille is one, the bumper is another, and obviously there’s the ‘regular’ pickup this package builds upon.
US units featuring the Tremor Off-Road Package pack a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with 270hp and 420Nm of torque. If Australia goes the same routes and offers the FX4 Max with only higher-spec Ranger units, the top-spec variant there runs on a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine with 213hp at 3,750rpm and 500Nm of torque between 1,750-2,000rpm.
Specs look familiar? That’s because that engine and those figures are identical to what we get here in the Philippines. In fact, both the Australian market and Philippine market draw units from the American carmaker’s Thailand manufacturing facility.
By now, some of you might be wondering whether or not this kind of package will be made available in our country. There’s no answer at this point, but it’s worth noting that planting something like this in between the local Ranger Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor could hurt the latter’s sales. So, would you like to see Ford Philippines offer an off-road package, too?