Ford Ranger: Coming (Back) to America

Ford Ranger: Coming (Back) to America

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker announced it would bring back both the Ranger and Bronco models to the US market at last year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford gave the 2019 model year of this mid-size pickup, which disappeared from USA shores after the 2011 model year, a grand debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Ranger already is a best-seller in Europe, South America and New Zealand and is the second-best-selling midsize truck globally, Eckert says.

Under the hood the 2019 Ranger is powered a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that's mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This 16-valve, dual-overhead cam engine features direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger.

"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". Three trim levels will be available as well: XL, XLT and Lariat, with the FX4 Off-Road Package available on any of them. SuperCab Rangers will have the longer of the two beds, while SuperCrew (full two door) Rangers will only get the shorter bed.

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The cabin and dashboard will look nothing like the Ranger you drove in high school.

Ford will offer the Ranger here in Super Cab and Super Crew body styles. Aiming to take a bite out of the midsize truck market, it's a slice of F-150 ability in a more urban-friendly package. There's also unique FX4 badging to help the Ranger stand out from the crowd. Four-wheel-drive models will come with low-range gearing. The Terrain Management System will control the throttle, transmission, and other vehicle systems to help the Ranger get through various types of terrain, and it will have settings for normal; grass, gravel, snow; mud and ruts; and sand. 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. Think of this as cruise-control blended with a hill-descent control system. 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. A DANA Trac-lok rear differential and open-front diff are standard, but opting for the FX4 or FX2 off-road packages nets owners a DANA electronic locking rear diff. The 4WD Ranger will have 2-high, 4-high, and 4-low as standard. Outside, there's the choice of LED headlamps and taillamps, together with puddle lamps and lighting for the cargo bed. It features a fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame with new hardware and six high-strength crossmembers.

No less cosmopolitan than the front suspension design, the 2019 Ford Ranger has been fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen with Ford's latest SYNC 3 infotainment system, while both a premium audio system from B&O PLAY and an embedded 4G LTE modem will be available. Available AC power outlets allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets provide more options for passengers to connect. Meanwhile pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control remain Lariat-only standards, ensuring all eight optional colors and available Sport or Chrome Appearance packages stay in mint condition.

Ford will build the new '19 Ranger beginning early next year, famously, at its Michigan Assembly Plant in the City of Wayne, where it now produces the Focus and C-Max.