Truck lovers are surely rejoicing at the news coming out of Detroit today: the 2019 RAM and 2019 Silverado both premiered at the North American International Auto Show, and now it’s the turn of the revived 2019 Ford Ranger. One of the top 10 most anticipated models for 2018 announces its return to the North American market!
Production is scheduled to begin towards the end of 2018 at the company’s Michigan assembly plant.
The Ranger makes its return in the context of increasing sales for midsize trucks in the United States (a jump of 83% since 2014). The growth of this lucrative market segment has compelled Ford to fully update the Ranger that it currently sells in other global markets to tailor it for the North American consumer, via a new exterior design, redesigned chassis and improved powertrain. Built on a high-strength frame, the 2019 Ford Ranger is powered by a 2.3L EcoBoost engine (output to be confirmed) bolted to the only 10-speed automatic transmission available in its class.
“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans. 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.”
- Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing
Three versions of the new Ranger are being offered: the XL base model, mid-range XLT and top-end Lariat. Chrome and sport packages as well as the off-road FX4 package are available as well, as well as a choice between SuperCab and SuperCrew cab configurations.
The FX4 Package includes off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and Terrain Management system that offers four driving modes: normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand.
Added to that is Ford’s all-new Trail Control technology. Somewhat similar to highway cruise control, the system is adapted to slower speeds and obstacled terrain and takes charge of accelerating and braking. It sends power and braking to each wheel, freeing the drive to focus on steering.
Power is distributed by the Dana Trac-Lok independent front and solid rear axles and an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard with the FX4 package).
LED headlights and taillights are also available as options, as are downward-angled puddle lamps and cargo bed lights, while the available Smart Trailer Tow connector alerts drivers to faulty trailer connections.
Among the drive assist technologies incorporated in the 2019 Ford Ranger, of particular note are automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, backup sensing system, blind angle information system that covers the trailer if present, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection.
Inside, the revived new Ranger is spacious enough for five people and their gear. Features include an 8-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard for the SYNC 3 system (compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) as well as two LCD screens that display real-time data on the vehicle, navigation and the audio system. Options include the 4G LTE modem for FordPass Connect, which can serve as a wireless access point for up to 10 devices.
Check back on Auto123.com to learn pricing for the 2019 Ford Ranger and other details about its equipment and capabilities as they become available. We also look forward to seeing the sparks fly between the revived Ranger and the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma and others in this segment!