On December 22, 2011, the very last Ford Ranger produced for North America rolled off the assembly line at Twin Cities Assembly factory in St. Paul, Minnesota. After that, Ford continued selling the Ranger internationally and the midsized truck was the best selling pickup truck in Europe in 2015. The Ford Ranger is back! And it is back in a big way.
The 2019 Ford Ranger made its debut on Saturday ahead of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and it looks outstanding. With midsize trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Dodge Dakota enjoying profitable sales, Ford was forced to bring back their iconic smaller sized pick-up truck. This is a totally new truck and not just a facsimile of the European version of the Ranger. The North American Ranger will have a fully boxed ladder frame with six crossmembers, plus front and rear steel bumpers can be added. The truck is built with a mix of aluminum and steel. The 2019 Ford Ranger will be available in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels with chrome or sport options. The mid-sized pick-up truck will have SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations, which means that it will ba available with four-doors.
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The new Ranger gets a lot of new tech that wasn’t available back in 2011. The Ranger can be equipped with Ford’s Sync 3-based touchscreen that’s up to 8-inches in size. CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa (We saw Toyota add the Amazon personal assistant to some models at CES) come as a standard feature. The Ranger will also offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to 10 devices. There’s an optional B&O Play premium audio system as well as AC power outlets. The interior features room for five and underseat storage in the rear.
Safety features include automated emergency braking and a rear-view camera are standard. Lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, a reverse-sensing system, and blind-spot warning with trailer coverage come with the XLT and Lariat trims. The Lariat variant gets pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control.
Ford has yet to reveal whats under the hood, but it is speculated to have a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost in Ford’s Mustang has 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, so you should expect similar numbers. Ford engineers said they are expecting the Ranger to boast best-in-class torque. There are also two four-wheel drive modes.
The truck will also have an FX4 Off-Road Package that comes with the Terrain Management System to optimize off-road travel that is already in the F-150 Raptor. There are four modes for any kind of terrain you encounter including: Normal; Grass, Gravel, and Snow; Mud and Ruts; and Sand. These modes alter throttle response, transmission shift points, and traction and stability control. The FX4 trim also comes with off-road tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, and frame-mounted skid plates.
The Ranger will be available in eight exterior color options and eight different wheel designs in 17 and 18-inch sizes. LED headlights, taillamps, puddle lamps, cargo lighting, and Ford’s Smart Trailer tow connector which is an integrated trailer-hitch receiver are options. The 2019 Ford Ranger makes its triumphant return to North America in the first quarter of 2019.