Ford Ranger debuts at Detroit auto show

All-New 2019 Ranger Fact

All-New 2019 Ranger Fact

Fans of smaller pickup trucks, rejoice - the Ford Ranger is back! Metal trim pieces over the wheel wells can be color matched or accented with a handsome magnetic grey color. With the Ranger being the best-selling pickup in Europe, South Africa, and New Zealand, there is an obvious opportunity for Ford. The tailgate, front fenders, and hood are all aluminum, in keeping with one of the F-Series major brand identifiers.

Unlike all the competition, from the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, to the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, the 2019 Ford Ranger will be offered in North America with just one engine; what the company is calling an "all-new" version of the gas direct-injection, twin-scroll turbo 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four already offered in the Mustang.

"We see more of an opportunity that didn't exist five years ago", Ford truck marketing manager Todd Eckert said. The vehicle also underwent the same testing as its F-150 big brother to ensure that its capability and comfort stand up to the rigors of whatever consumers had in mind, whether city cruising or country climbing. In a reversal of the Mulally-era One Ford touted for the '12 Focus, however, the Blue Oval truck people say the Ranger has been heavily redesigned for the USA market, and has its own, unique box-frame construction. It will be mated to the 10-speed automatic with three overdrive gears co-developed with the folks at General Motors. Every four-wheel drive Ranger also includes 2-high, 4-high, and 4-low.

Dana® Trac-Lok™ differentials distribute power to the wheels, on both 2WD and 4WD models; in the latter case, torque is sent to the front via a shift-on-the-fly transfer case with RWD, 4-High, and 4-Low settings. You want the off-road packs, trust us. A dial bears labels for mud, ruts, sand, grass, gravel and snow. Grass/gravel/snow simply numbs throttle response.


The Ford Ranger FX4 will also get a Terrain Management System not dissimilar to that found on the Ford F-150 Raptor.

In addition, the FX4 also gets Ford's brand-new Trail Control system, which allows the driver to set a speed between 1 and 20 miles per hour that the truck will automatically maintain on the trail, taking care of the throttle and braking on its own. Dubbed Trail Control, it's effectively cruise control but for off-road use.

On the safety front, automatic emergency braking is available, and XLT and Lariat trims come standard with lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, a reverse sensing system, and blind-spot warning with trailer coverage. Other options across the range include onboard LTE with WiFi hotspot support for up to ten devices, AC power and USB outlets, and a B&O PLAY premium audio system.

The new Ranger will offer almost as many electronic safety systems as the rest of the Ford lineup, including standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. To protect precious Kayaks and mini Airstreams, drivers need only go into the instrument cluster and manually input the length of their trailer (33 feet tops) the first time they hook it up. Arriving in showrooms later this summer, Ford introduced the refreshed 2019 Edge but with an all-new twist in the racing-inspired Edge ST. Horizontal elements within the dashboard help to accentuate the width of the interior. A locking rear differential and a new fully boxed frame will be unique to the North American model. (We weren't allowed to climb inside, as the models on display are preproduction.) There's waterproof storage under the second-row seating. The 2019 Ford Ranger will be offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew body styles. The FX2 variant gets all of the above, but only two powered wheels. Pricing will be announced closer to the truck's release early in 2019, with production kicking off at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant later this year.

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