Ford Goes Rough And Ready With 2019 Ranger Pickup — NAIAS


2019 Ford Ranger: F-150's Little Brother Comes Home

"Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans", said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing.

A "torture tested" 2019 Ranger offers new technology and all-terrain options created to woo outdoor adventurers. It's official, after an eight-year hiatus on our market, Dearborn's compact pickup truck is back: say hello to the 2019 Ford Ranger!

No changes have been made to the Ranger's design, but it features a bespoke chassis set-up to cater to U.S. tasted and uses Ford's 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, as opposed to one of the diesel units offered in the UK. North American Ford Focus production now moves to China as Michigan Assembly retools for the '19 Ranger, and about one year later, the new Bronco SUV.

The all-new, 2019 Ford Ranger for North America could hardly have come at a better time; according to Ford, mid-size truck sales has grown by 83% in the United States since 2014, while the automaker's had nothing to offer in the segment. The five-passenger pickup will be available in extended and crew cab configurations and offered in XL, XLT, and Lariat trim levels.

Even its design is tough.

Thegrille and windshield design improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. The rear of the 2019 Ranger keeps the large vertical taillights and the tailgate features the Ranger name stamped across it, like the Toyota Tacoma.

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That's the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, a turbocharged gas engine with direct fuel injection. No power or towing load numbers yet - we'll have to wait a little closer to launch for those - but Ford is promising torque on a par with a V6 but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder. "When you pair that with its 10-speedtransmission, you've got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment". "The all-new Ranger is designed for today's midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends".

Ranger prioritizes ground clearance to help climb over off-road obstacles. It has a terrain management system that automatically adjusts the transmission and vehicle controls for driving in snow, mud or sand. It comes in both 2-and 4-wheel drive. As on the Raptor, each mode will optimize the throttle mapping, transmission shift schedule, traction control, maximize performance on a variety of terrain types. An electronically-locking rear differential will be available as an option, and offered as standard on the FX2 and FX4 off-road models.

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. Advanced driver-assist technologies include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, while Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additionally, as part of the FTX off-road package will be a new-to-Ford trail control system which will essentially act like low-speed cruise control on non-asphalt surfaces. There are numerous optional driver-assist features, too. For infotainment, Ford will offer an 8.0-inch touchscreen with its Sync 3 system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, and the Amazon Alexa personal assistant. Also available are AC power outlets that allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets, and an available FordPass Connect 4G LTE modem that provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. The Lariat will also get Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Detection.

Interior changes for North America include a revised steering wheel, shifter and controls along with different trim colors and available Sync3 connectivity.

Additional features include optional LED headlamps and tail lamps. Ford's Smart Trailer Tow connector can warn about mis-connected trailer links.

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