GO GET STUCK IN SOME MUD
The Ford Ranger’s New Off-Road Option Gives It a Leg Up on the Jeep Gladiator
Off-road accessories are the lifeblood of the booming midsize pickup truck segment. Ford, for its part, has been upping its game for the Ranger with appearance packages and dealer-installed lift kits. Now, the company has announced an ongoing partnership with ARB 4×4 Accessories to take things even further — and the first collaboration will be a winch-capable front bumper for the Ranger.
The new bumper, which can be fitted on any new Ranger model, will be made from 3/16-inch-thick welded sheet steel. It will use the Ranger’s existing chassis mounting points, and will not interfere with the Ranger’s driver assistance systems. It will be compatible with a range of Warn Industries winches and Rigid SR-Series headlight bars.
A winch is a crucial bit of equipment that can transform a truck from looking like it goes off-roading to actually being off-road capable. Adding that winch functionality should help give the Ranger a leg up in the competition with off-road stalwarts like the Jeep Gladiator, the Toyota Tacoma and the Chevy Colorado ZR2.
Ford will charge an additional $1,495 for the winch-capable bumper. It will be available beginning in 2020.