The Ford Ranger Finally Can Be Seriously Stealthy and Mean

In an expected turn of events, Ford revealed the new 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package. Joining all other manufacturers who offer darkened editions of their trucks and cars, the Ranger Black Appearance Package includes all the standard shaded tricks, and it is available for all trims. The Black Appearance Package joins the arsenal of appearance packages for the Ranger that also include the Sport Appearance Package ($895), Chrome Appearance Package ($795), and an STX appearance package for the Ranger XL.

What Makes the Ford Range Black Appearance Package Worth Having?

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This shady 2019 Ford Ranger is a distinct addition to the lineup.

But, in reality, it doesn't bring anything revolutionary compared to darkened editions of other cars/trucks/SUVs.

With that said, the Black appearance package comes at a cost $1,995 (costliest of them all) and does bring a whole list of darkened elements that include:

  • A black-painted grille
  • Black-painted body panel under the bumper
  • High-gloss black, 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps,
  • Black running boards
  • Black mirrors
  • Black fender vents
  • Black sill plates,
  • Black bed liner
  • Black front bash plate on FX/4 models.

The end result is a nicer looking Ranger. I grant you that. Although, it’s not as nice looking as the Hennessey-tuned VelociRaptor Ranger that is also all black.

Nevertheless, if you need something to stand out (or "stealth in" actually), then the 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package is the way to go. I’d take it over any other appearance package available, and I’d order the truck in black. Not some flashy orange, white, or blue.

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Considering all Rangers are powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder that develops 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, the new one is equally raspy to 60 mph as any one of them. In this case, you’ll reach the magic number in just under 7 seconds. On another, more important note, the 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package, and its 10-speed automatic transmission, will easily tow up to 7,500 pounds. The truck has a maximum payload of 1,860 pounds, too. Select a few specially developed accessories from Yakina and the practicality of the Ranger can be further improved with the rack and carriers for all sort of active lifestyle equipment like bikes, skis, boats, etc.

After all, with a Black Appearance package and a happy 2.3-liter, turbocharged engine, this thing feels more like an active lifestyle-friendly machine than a no-fuss work truck.

Ford actually reported that two-thirds of buyers order the Ranger with some kind of appearance package regardless of whether it’s in RWD or four-wheel drive configuration.

Do You Remember That Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger?

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To show you how cool an all-black Ranger looks, I had to include the VelociRaptor Ranger photo here. Hennessey did an outstanding job with its visual upgrades, but I believe that even the stock one from Ford with a Black Appearance Package can give you a similar stature to this one. What a stock one can’t do is provide you with access to 350 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. That is precisely how much power the 2.3-liter engine in the VelociRaptor develops.

A Ford Ranger Black Edition Already Exists

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Now, this is not the first time we have seen a blacked-out Ranger.

All the way back in September 2017, Ford introduced something called the Ranger Black Edition in Europe.

With a Limited production of only 2,500 units, the Ranger Black Edition was available only with a Double Cab layout. I’d even say that it looked more beautiful than the one we got now.

Stealthy Cars Are Popular, And the Ford Ranger Just Jumped on the Bandwagon with the Black Appearance Package

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition High Resolution Exterior
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It seems that darkened editions of the known cars/trucks/SUVs are all the jazz in the industry. After I woke up to the news of the Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package, I wondered who else offers something similar. A brief google search gave me these results for darkened packages available for regular trucks and cars:

  • Range Rover Black Edition
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland
  • Ram Black Edition
  • Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
  • Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label
  • Dodge Blacktop Package
  • GMC Black Edition
  • Chevrolet Midnight Edition
  • Chevrolet Redline Edition

It is an apparent frenzy with all dark configurations, and I like it. All cars are better in black.

Conclusion

2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package
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The 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package is the fourth appearance package for one of America’s favorite mid-size trucks. Ford introduced it right at the start of the Ranger second U.S. journey, and I believe it is a smart step in Ford’s efforts to entice more buyers to come into showrooms. Especially now when the company signed an agreement with Volkswagen for the development of the new Amarok. The next generation of the Amarok will have the same underpinnings as the Ford Ranger.

The 2019 Ford Ranger starts at $25,495. The Black Appearance Package is a $1,995 option, and it is available for order right now.

Further Reading

2019 Ford Ranger Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Ranger.

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor Exterior
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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor.

2017 Ford Ranger Black Edition High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Ranger Black Edition.

anger buyers now have another choice to customize their truck with the new Black Appearance Package; more than two-thirds of all-new 2019 Ford Ranger pickups flying out of showrooms are optioned with an appearance package
Ranger Black Appearance Package features an aggressive look with a black grille, running boards, accented wheels and more, making body colors like Hot Pepper Red and Lightning Blue pop
Ranger fans can order the Black Appearance Package for their trucks now, with deliveries starting in early summer
DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2019 – With the all-new Ford Ranger off to a strong start since the first trucks went on sale in January, Ford is already introducing a new Black Appearance Package, helping buyers further customize their Ranger to match their unique personal style.

More than two-thirds of all-new Ranger pickups are leaving showrooms optioned with either the Sport Appearance Package that adds unique wheels and Magnetic Gray-painted accents, or the Chrome Appearance Package with bright chrome wheels and chrome body accents.

The new Black Appearance Package gives Ranger customers a bold and stylish new option.

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best fits their adventures,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

Available with any Ranger body color, the Black Appearance Package’s aggressive look will help the truck stand out on the beach or in the backcountry. Its standard features include:

Black-painted grille
Body-color bumpers
High-gloss black-painted 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps
Black running boards
Black spray-in bed liner
Black fender vent surround
Black mirrors
Black sill plate
Black bash plate on FX4 Off-Road Package
Black lower valance
The Ranger Black Appearance Package is available as an option for $1,995 (excludes taxes) and can be ordered at dealers now, with deliveries targeted to begin in early summer.

Built Ford Tough and ready for adventure

In addition to individual style, the all-new Ford Ranger answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks, Ranger quality starts with a high-strength steel frame backbone, proven Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. The center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC® 3 system, while the instrument cluster features productivity screens for real-time vehicle and audio information plus available navigation.

Ranger incorporates advanced passenger convenience and connectivity features, plus smart driver-assist technologies including standard automatic emergency braking. Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies like Lane-Keeping System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse sensing systems are available on both XLT and Lariat.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 199,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

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