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Ford Goes Rough And Ready With 2019 Ranger Pickup — NAIAS
14 January 2018, 03:02 | Brandon Parsons
2019 Ford Ranger: F-150's Little Brother Comes Home
Ford hasn't offered a Ranger in the US since 2011.
Inside, the steering wheel and shifter have been redesigned from foreign-market models. Image source: Ford Motor Company.
Expect a fresh exterior, steel front and rear bumpers mounted to the steel frame for enhanced durability, a 2.3-liter engine, a front "bash plate", a 10-speed automatic transmission unique to the segment and a power-train specifically created to satisfy rugged consumer tastes in North America. A version of the 2.3-liter turbo that's now used in the Ford Explorer is rated at 280 hp and 310 lb-ft. The same engine is used in the Lincoln MKC; in that application, it's rated at 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque.
The company is making no secret of the shared DNA between Ranger and the F-Series models, a homage that is paid even in exterior design. Although the regular model's ground clearance is said to be decent - again, we'll have to wait for final numbers - there'll be a Ranger FX4 Off-Road Package that will bump up the trail potential even more.
The 2019 Ranger will start out in XL trim, stepping up through XLT and then Lariat; both SuperCab and SuperCrew cab configurations will be offered. The Lariat versions are pretty plush, with leather seats and nice trim. The tailgate, front fenders, and hood are all aluminum, in keeping with one of the F-Series major brand identifiers. It features a fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame with new hardware and six high-strength crossmembers. Ford notes that the Ranger was "torture-tested" alongside F-150s, and should provide similar durability. The interior is highlighted with seating for five, an 8-inch touchscreen with Ford SYNC 3 and optional LCD display in the gauge cluster. The FX4 package includes Ford's Terrain Management System introduced on the F-150 Raptor. 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. The latest Ranger was launched in the United Kingdom in 2012 and facelifted a year ago. That should be quite formidable enough to take the fight to the Chevrolet Colorado. Expect the Ranger's pricing to be in that neighborhood. Ranger's muscular body features a high beltline that emphasizes strength, while a raked grille and windshield provide an athletic appearance - created to aid in aerodynamics and reduce wind noise.
The wait is over; Ford has finally pulled the wraps off of an all-new Ranger mid-size pickup truck for the North American market - the first since the truck's discontinuation after the 2011 model year. Here's what that looked like. Ford has unveiled the 2019 Ford Ranger, which is finally coming back to the U.S. With the success of the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and even the upcoming new Nissan Frontier, Ford has finally chose to re-enter the midsize truck segment with a new Ranger. "This manages acceleration and braking", said Chad Callander, Ranger consumer marketing manager.
Both "Ford" and "Ranger" are powerful names with truck buyers. "We're not trying to make a small F-150 pickup".
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.
It's always a little hard to predict how a new vehicle will do in the market. "The Ranger will not just carry their adventure gear". First, this is a pure Ford product and not a combined effort with Mazda.
One could be forgiven for assuming the Ranger would simply be a Euro-Ranger adjusted for North American crash and safety regulations, since it's already a best-selling nameplate in Europe and the second-best selling truck outside of North America. Curb weight ranges from 4,066 pounds for the non-North America standard cab, to as much as 4,875 pounds, which still is more than 600 pounds lighter than a Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4 Super Crew. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. Ford truck fans, and Ford investors, have good reasons to be optimistic about its chances. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Ford.
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