In addition to the suburban Detroit plant that builds Rangers for USA sales, Ford produces the truck in Thailand Argentina and South Africa. A year on, the 2019 Ford Ranger is stepping into the light. "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".
Production is expected to start late this year in MI with sales starting in early 2019. It will be mated to the 10-speed automatic with three overdrive gears co-developed with the folks at General Motors. It will be powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine paired to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment. In addition, the engine features a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams. The tailgate gains similar treatment, where "RANGER" is pressed into its skin.
Yes, a unique powertrain; for now, at least, the North American 2019 Ford Ranger will be available with just a single engine and transmission combination, although it's a rather promising one. There are numerous optional driver-assist features, too. XLT and Lariat models will get active lane control, lane departure warning, rear park assist, and blind-spot monitors that also cover the trailer the Ranger might be towing. Power and fuel economy haven't been revealed, but Ford trucks marketing chief Todd Eckert says it's targeting a best-in-class torque rating among gasoline engines.
The latest version of Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is optional, and comes with built-in WiFi and Ford+Alexa personal assistant, which can take notes, play music and interact with Google Home-compatible appliances. Sport features body-colored trim, while Chrome blings everything out.
One of the largest crossovers from the F-150 can be seen in Ford's attention to how many people nowadays hit the dirt with their truck.
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Ford also offers customers an FX4 Off-Road Package with the Ranger, which provides off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates, and FX4 badging. The FX4 package includes Ford's Terrain Management System introduced on the F-150 Raptor. Focuses are still being built there even as construction workers are building assembly lines for the Ranger but, in the next few months, production of the Focus for the USA market will shift to China. This means the technology will send power or brakes to each wheel as needed so drivers can keep their eyes on steering while off-road driving.
Both 2WD and 4WD models will have Dana locking differentials, with an electronic locking rear diff available (standard on FX2 and FX4 Off-Road variants).
Altogether the Ford Ranger should be received very well and will make an impact on the already competitive mid-size truck market. Ford pulled the truck from the North American market in 2011, and the automaker has been on the sidelines as the midsize truck segment has grown 83% since 2014 to 452,000 sales previous year, he notes.
Or perhaps we should say that Ford is resurrecting a beloved nameplate that earlier this decade: Ranger.