• Carlex Design Has Made the Ford Ranger Look Way Tougher Than It Really Is

One of the best-looking aftermarket Rangers we’ve seen in recent times

Ford Ranger is a capable truck and sells in decent numbers. It is also quite popular amongst aftermarket companies that give it their own twists and tweaks inside-out. The latest iteration of the pickup truck comes from Carlex Design.

The company’s European arm laid its hands on the Raptor and made it look a lot tougher than it actually is. The images were uploaded on the company’s Facebook page and you can see how the calm, sedate-looking truck is transformed to look like a beast. A few changes are made to the cabin as well, but the mechanicals have been left untouched. Do you like it?

What Makes The Carlex Ranger Special?

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On the outside, Carlex has given a lot of butch and muscular touches to the Black Ranger. Up front, the stock grille is swapped from a hollowed-out black plastic grille with Carlex lettering at the top border and the logo in the middle. The redesigned bumper features a lot of cuts and creases and also integrates the shape of a bull-bar. The skid plate can be seen peeping out and that further adds to the rugged looks.

Carlex has lifted the Ranger for a taller stance. The side profile is benefitted from flared wheel arches that accommodate stunning five-spoke wheels wrapped around BFGoodrich All-Terrain Tires. Under the doors, Carlex has installed tubular side steps as well. There’s a Carlex logo in the green shade on the front doors that’s quite small in size, but is very prominent. The rear doors and the truck bed have a lot of graffiti-like graphics. ‘Carlex Design’ graphic at the end looks like it’s been spray-painted. Any WWE fans here? It kind of reminds you of Triple H and Shawn Michaels’ ‘DX’ logo.

Carlex Design Has Made the Ford Ranger Look Way Tougher Than It Really Is Exterior
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The tailgate also features the graphics and the logo. The company has left the Blue Oval logo untouched. The chrome tailgate opener is also left as it is and it is sticking out like a sore thumb. Black treatment on this would’ve looked pretty cool. Apart from this, Carlex has also installed a roll bar. A heavy tow bar under the bumper wraps up the changes made by the aftermarket company.

On the inside, too, things are tastefully customized. Changes are not on the same scale as the outside, but it gives a different appeal to the cabin. Carlex has redone all the seats with new upholstery. The textured, wrinkled pattern on the seats looks swell with the silver stripe in the middle and the contrast white stitching. The leather wrap on the steering wheel makes it look chunkier. The center console and all the creature comforts are left as it is.

Same Mills Under The Hood

Carlex Design Has Made the Ford Ranger Look Way Tougher Than It Really Is Exterior
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There are no changes under the hood. In the U.S, the Ranger comes with just one engine option - a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that churns out 270 ponies and 310 pound-feet of twist. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It is offered in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive configurations. The Ranger also comes with a locking rear differential and independent suspensions at the front and rear.

2020 Ford Ranger specifications
Engine 2.3-liter EcoBoost
Horsepower 270 HP
Torque 310 LB-FT
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 21/26/26 combined
Transmission 10-speed automatic

The European-spec Ford Ranger is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBlue mill that is available in three iterations. In the base state of tune, it produces 128 horses and 250 pound-feet of torque.

The second-spec makes 168 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, whereas, in the most powerful avatar, it churns out 210 ponies and 369 pound-feet of twist.

Ford offers an extra turbo in this iteration. All trims come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, whereas the top two iterations can be had with a 10-speed automatic gearbox as well.

Final Thoughts

Carlex Design Has Made the Ford Ranger Look Way Tougher Than It Really Is Exterior
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This is one of the best-looking aftermarket Rangers we’ve seen lately. All the aesthetic upgrades on the outside look neat and make the truck look monstrous. Changes on the inside are limited but done quite well. Carlex should start selling all these add-ons individually as well. My favorite upgrade of the lot is the new set of black, five-spoke wheels. They aren’t loud and look absolutely hot.

How did you like the overall design language? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Carlex Design

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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