How Do They Test the New 2019 Ford Ranger Truck Before It Goes on Sale?

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2019 Ford Ranger: prototype testing (photo: Ford)

Ford has released a video of their testing procedures for the upcoming all-new 2019 Ford Ranger. The testing regimen includes time in the laboratory, at the proving grounds in Michigan, and real-world testing at locations around the world.

Ford did not announce any additional specifications about the truck. We already know that it will be powered by a 2.3L EcoBoost I4 engine that is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. There will be an extended and crew cab versions of the truck, and trucks with an FX4 off-road package that you see in this latest video from Ford. Only one wheelbase will be offered in the foreseeable future. The extended cab truck will have a longer bed, than the crew cab Ranger.

(photo: Ford)

It’s interesting to see the Ranger being tested with a trailer at Davis Dam grade in hot temperatures, running around Michigan in the winter, and pounding dirt and sand in Australia and other locations around the globe.

Another cool details is that Ford uses automation to test the truck on the rough roads at their proving grounds. The trucks run continuous loops on the treacherous course at the Ford’s facility without a human driver in the vehicle. The trucks get beat up, but humans don’t have to.

You can watch Ford’s Ranger testing video here.

Here is the first look at the new 2019 Ford Ranger.

Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.