One could be forgiven for assuming the Ranger would simply be a Euro-Ranger adjusted for North American crash and safety regulations, since it's already a best-selling nameplate in Europe and the second-best selling truck outside of North America.
The Ford Ranger is officially back!
Under the hood the 2019 Ranger is powered a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that's mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. And while Ford left it unsaid, the new Ranger will be better-suited than the F-150 for all the car-sharing programs we're likely to see in the '20s. Specific Sport and FX Off-Road appearance packages will be offered on some of the trim levels.
Like Ford, GM did not reveal pricing on the 2019 Silverado, but Cox Automotive puts the average selling price on full-size pickups at almost $47,000.
Even its design is tough. The shift to Ranger and Bronco production will keep jobs at the plant, he said, and even increase employment there. There are short overhangs to further enhance performance by providing better clearance for off-roading and maneuvering around obstacles.
Visually, there are only minor design tweaks to mark this out as the updated model; Ford has reshaped the headlamps and fitted a slimmer front grille, while at the back the Ranger name has been stamped into the tailgate. Generally speaking, transmissions with more gear ratios are more efficient because they allow the engine to spend more time operating with its most efficient speed ranger. 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", said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing.
The new Ranger is stylish, rugged, a high-tech. The FX4 package includes Ford's Terrain Management System introduced on the F-150 Raptor. That electronic system enables the driver to choose one of several modes: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts and Sand. Dubbed Trail Control, it's effectively cruise control but for off-road use.
The cabin and dashboard will look nothing like the Ranger you drove in high school.
Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies.
"Advanced driver-assist technologies include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, while Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels".
The 2019 Ranger Lariat also throws in pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, together with adaptive cruise control.
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. 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. There are multiple USB outlets and available AC power outlets to charge larger devices like laptops. Curb weight ranges from 4,066 pounds for the non-North America standard cab, to as much as 4,875 pounds, which still is more than 600 pounds lighter than a Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4 Super Crew.