Fresh from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is the all-new, back-from-the-dead, American 2019 Ford Ranger. Ford’s midsize truck offering has been gone from the U.S. dealership showrooms for about seven years, but with the truck market as hot as it is right now, Ford had to capitalize. We don’t know everything yet, but here is everything that we know so far.
There is only one powertrain option on the 2019 Ford Ranger. That is a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. This is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission which sends power to either the rear wheels or a 4×4 system. While Ford has not disclosed the power figures for this exact truck-specific engine, a similar version in the Mustang makes 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. However, the engine will be re-tuned for this truck and may have slightly different numbers. Fuel economy numbers have not been released as of yet.
While Ford has not yet announced the max payload, max towing, and most other technical specifications – we know that the 2019 Ranger will offer radar-based blind spot detection system with trailer coverage for trailers up to 33-feet in length. A similar system is available of the Ford F-150 and the Super Duty.
The new Ranger comes with a slew of technology features that are seen on many trucks in this segment today. Automatic emergency braking is standard on all trim levels while Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control are also on the Lariat trim.
Trim Levels and Appearance Packages
The Ranger will come in the usual Ford trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. Furthermore, there will be a number of appearance packages including the Chrome and Sport packages. Two cab options exist as well, a crew cab with a short bed and an extended cab with a long bed. The package that we are most interested in is the FX4 off-road package.
FX4 Off-Road Package
Ford’s famous off-road truck treatment has made its way onto the new Ranger. In this case, it includes steel skid plates, specially tuned shocks, and a tricky Terrain Management System. Furthermore, it includes a lifted suspension and a system called Trail Control. Effectively a program for off-roading that acts like a cruise control for low speeds (up to 20 MPH).
Pricing has not yet been announced yet, but the production release date has been set for early 2019 calendar year.
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