Catering to the overlanding crowd (or at least people who wish to look like they’re into the scene – we’ll call them broverlanders), Ford introduced a brace of ORV packages at the SEMA Show. Featuring bumpers, lights, and lifts, one is for the Ranger while another is for the Bronco.
Starting with the latter simply because I like it better and I’m the one hammering away at this keyboard, this Bronco ORV package is intended for trims that aren’t burly from the factory – think Big Bend, Black Diamon, and Outer Banks. Bilstein-branded suspension components provide a 2.0-inch lift that sits atop 35-inch tires on retro-themed white wheels. Also on tap are an underhood air compressor (that mattresses in yer rooftop tent isn’t going to inflate itself, right?) and an available ARB jack which will never be used. Ford didn’t mention specific numbers for power upgrades but does promise a unique software calibration for the 2.3-liter engine and high-clearance Borla cat-back exhaust. That, along with a few stickers, gotta be worth a handful of horsepower.
If you’d rather off-road in a pickup truck with an honest-to-Henry open cargo bed, Ford has you covered with a similar kit for the Ranger. Promised for 2024 Ranger XLT and Lariat models optioned with four-wheel drive, this package adds an ARB suspension kit plus new front and rear bumpers with additional recovery points from the same brand. That onboard air compressor crops up here as well, along with a raft of auxiliary lighting and an optional, 47-quart fridge/freezer. Hey, gotta keep the beverages cold somehow, right?
“Ford customers love to personalize the performance and appearance of their vehicles,” said Mark Wilson, Ford North America Vehicle Personalization manager. “The Ford Performance parts packages we’re debuting combine the latest design trends with aftermarket accessories engineered to work with these vehicles out of the box.” These kits were apparently developed in response to customer feedback and will be available via the Ford Performance Parts website or at a dealer accessory counter. We’re sure the F&I office would prefer the latter, added into the purchase price and spread out over a terrifying 96 months. Sign here, please.
Pricing for each package will be available nearer each package’s on-sale date early in 2024. Ford promises installation of this gear can be handled by either a Blue Oval dealer or an ASE-certified shop.
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