The automaker says the 2019 Ranger's chassis and powertrain have been developed specifically for North American truck customers.
Ford has said production will begin later this year and that it will come equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, 10-speed auto transmission and high-strength steel frame backbone, and available in 2WD or 4WD. This twin-scroll turbocharged engine is created to be efficient and durable with a forged-steel crankshaft, connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams.
"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. "The new Ranger is designed for today's mid-size truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends".
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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 cabin and dashboard will look nothing like the Ranger you drove in high school. Globally, the Ford Ranger design is distinct for its fast windshield, high beltline, and short front overhangs, which make for good approach/departure angles.
Altogether the Ford Ranger should be received very well and will make an impact on the already competitive mid-size truck market. Ranger appears to be sharing most of its exterior with the global model, but the front clip design does offer a unique twist that ties the truck to the 2018 F-150.
For those intent on reaching that goal, Ford marries the capable Ranger with its FX4 Off-Road package that adds off-road tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a heavy-gauge steel front bash plate and skid plates-both mounted to the frame, and the Ford Truck division's Terrain Management System. This system can be changed on the fly, so there's no need to stop the action to adjust to the terrain. As on the Raptor, each mode will optimize the throttle mapping, transmission shift schedule, traction control, etc.to maximize performance on a variety of terrain types.
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The FX4 Off-Road Package also includes all-new Trail Control. It sends power and braking to each individual wheel to help the FX Off-Road Ranger crawl over surface when things get technical. Four-wheel-drive models will come with low-range gearing. Outside, there's the choice of LED headlamps and taillamps, together with puddle lamps and lighting for the cargo bed. Ford's Smart Trailer Tow connector, which alerts the driver to faulty trailer connections, will also be optional.
The revived Ranger includes a center stack with an eight-inch touchscreen that features Ford's SYNC 3 system. There are multiple USB outlets and available AC power outlets to charge larger devices like laptops. The Lariat will also get Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Detection.
Missing from Ford's information about the new 2019 Ranger are numbers - any of them.
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