The Ranger is returning to North America after a seven year hiatus and the new one is essentially an updated version of the global Ranger (codenamed T6), which we know in South Africa. And so here we are at Cobo Hall in Detroit, where the 2019 Ford Ranger is unveiled about a year before it begins production in North America, as a "lifestyle" truck not meant to capture any would-be full-size pickup buyers who need a work tool.
There will be one powertrain at launch, a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels through a standard 10-speed automatic transmission. 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", Ford vice-president Hau Thai-Tang said in a statement.
The Ranger will be available in three different trim levels- XL, XLT, and Lariat- in ascending order of price and included features. There will also be Chrome and Sport appearance packages to tailor the look of the Ranger as well as FX off-road packages for those with serious off-road intentions.
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. Short overhangs are functional off-road for clearing obstacles.
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When it comes time to take the Ranger off-road, the FX4 Off-Road Package offers multiple enhancements to make this truck more capable where the pavement ends. The FX4 Off-Road Package provides adds off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badges. 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. An off-road drive assist technology maintains speed as low as 1 miles per hour and as high as 20 miles per hour, in any transfer-case setting. Intended for low-speed and tricky terrain, it handles acceleration and braking for each wheel individually, leaving the driver to focus on steering.
There are Dana Track-Lok differentials on two-wheel and four-wheel drive models and an available electronic-locking rear differential that's standard on select trims. The 4WD Ranger will have 2-high, 4-high, and 4-low as standard.
Additional features include LED headlamps and tail lamps with optional puddle lamps and cargo bed lighting. The Ranger sits on a fully boxed, high-strength steel frame with six cross members. The available Smart Trailer Tow connector makes towing safer and easier by alerting the driver of any faulty trailer connections.
Inside, the 2019 Ranger features an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC 3 system, while the instrument cluster features dual LCD productivity screens for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information. Ford says that the truck will not be in dealer showrooms until early 2019, giving competitors another year to solidify their gains in a class they now have to themselves. FordPass Connect will give the Ranger Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, ensuring that new adventurous owners can post their adventurous lifestyles to their favorite social media outlets, making the rest of our life feel uninteresting and void of Ranger-worthy adventure. Automatic Emergency Braking is standard, while lane keeping assistance and departure warnings, a reverse sensing system, and blind-spot warnings with trailer coverage are standard once you get to XLT and Lariat trim.