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The approaching 2021 Ford Ranger STX is a new variant of the mid-size pickup truck. It is an affordable package that will become available for less than $1,000. The STX Special Edition Package is available on the XL models, and it provides an affordable way to get more tech and more stylish wheels. The XL trim level is far from a serious level of luxury.
Thanks to the new STX treatment, even the XL trim can become more premium. We think this is a good opportunity and more than a fair offer from Ford. The price gap between trim levels opened room for something new, and Blue Oval manufacturer recognized the opportunity. The sales should start at the beginning of 2021, and STX package won’t improve the truck’s performances.
Ford Ranger STX – What Is It?
The Blue Oval automaker revealed its new package last week. The 2021 Ford Ranger STX is available on the XL trim level exclusively. The XL model is spartan in a certain way, some things are looking outdated, and some other things are looking cheap. Moreover, we think Ranger needs to offer a bigger display and to remove the plastic on the inside. Thanks to the STX treatment, you will get a couple of improvements for an affordable price.
According to Ford, about 75% of Ranger customers are opting for some of the available optional packages. That is the perfect proof that almost no one wants the entry-level Ranger. Of course, we assume that some people are buying it for work purposes exclusively. However, if you want something nicer, optional packages are a good way to gain more premium stuff.
What Does It Offer?
The forthcoming 2021 Ford Ranger STX will introduce a couple of unique features. That includes more premium 18-inch black-painted wheels and a larger eight-inch infotainment display. This unit supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
However, you will also get a satellite radio and dual-zone climate control. The cabin will gain beautiful silver accents, and the interior design will look more stylish. To compare, regular XL trim comes with a smaller touchscreen, manual air conditioning and a standard 16-inch steel rims.
What About Performance?
The 2021 Ford Ranger STX variant won’t improve the truck’s performances. That means you can still choose between a couple of different outputs. For a start, a 2.3-liter turbo-four engine is available, and it delivers 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The engine lineup is quite a mystery at the moment, but 2.7-liter V6 is the most likely outcome.
This engine will be optional, and it can generate 325 hp. Ranger truck will also offer a diesel powertrain. A 3.0-liter V6 with 250 hp can also deliver 440 lb-ft of torque. A hybrid powertrain is another possibility, but we don’t think that the XL trim will get one. That also means the STX package will stick to one of the mentioned powertrain options.
2021 Ford Ranger STX Price
The 2021 Ford Ranger STX will become available in the first quarter of 2021. This package costs only $995. Add that to the regular price of the XL trim that is available for $28,000. If you wanted to skip the base trim and go for the XLT version, STX package is now here, and you should consider it.