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Ford Ranger Production to Begin in Late 2018

2019 Ford Ranger EMBARGOED DO NOT USE Ford Ranger Production to Begin in Late 2018
Emmett Howard | 14 January, 2018, 12:07

At long last, the Ford Ranger returns to the USA market.

The all-new, 2019 Ford Ranger for North America could hardly have come at a better time; according to Ford, mid-size truck sales has grown by 83% in the USA since 2014, while the automaker's had nothing to offer in the segment.

A "torture tested" 2019 Ranger offers new technology and all-terrain options created to woo outdoor adventurers.

No changes have been made to the Ranger's design, but it features a bespoke chassis set-up to cater to USA tasted and uses Ford's 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, as opposed to one of the diesel units offered in the UK. 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.

Recent industry news included the seemingly cease-and-desist of the Fusion midsize sedan after 2020, and Ford announcing $1.2-billlion investment in support of truck and SUV production in MI. Trim levels are XL, XLT, STX, and Lariat, with FX4 4×4 and sport and trim packages available, so one can assume it would take Ford making a big dent in the midsize pickup category before it would consider adding different engines, like the F-150's new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel, or King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels.

Being that not every new, adventurous Ranger owner will have much off-road experience, Ford plans to offer a few pieces of tech on the FX packages to ensure that owners still have a decent chance to get where they're going, skillset be damned.

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

Missing from Ford's information about the new 2019 Ranger are numbers - any of them.

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When it comes time to take the Ranger off-road, the FX4 Off-Road Package offers multiple enhancements to make this truck more capable where the pavement ends.

This Ranger gets frame-mounted steel bumpers with steel bash-plates and tow hooks. There's also unique FX4 badging to help the Ranger stand out from the crowd. A dial bears labels for mud, ruts, sand, grass, gravel and snow.

An electronic Terrain Management System adjusts the drivetrain to any type of surface or condition. Trail Control will allow the driver to set and maintain a low vehicle speed (1-20 mph) while traveling through less-than ideal trails on the way to the next adventure. Think of it like cruise control, but for off-road driving. Intended for low-speed and tricky terrain, it handles acceleration and braking for each wheel individually, leaving the driver to focus on steering. It comes in both 2-and 4-wheel drive.

If towing is the goal, Ford shuffles optional exterior lighting that includes puddle lamps and bed lights into the options deck. Around back, the Ranger nameplate is stamped boldly into the tailgate, and there's a steel bumper with an available integrated trailer hitch. For infotainment, Ford will offer an 8.0-inch touchscreen with its Sync 3 system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, and the Amazon Alexa personal assistant. Also available are AC power outlets that allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets, and an available FordPass Connect 4G LTE modem that provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices.

On the safety front, automatic emergency braking is available, and XLT and Lariat trims come standard with lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, a reverse sensing system, and blind-spot warning with trailer coverage.

The 2019 Ranger Lariat also throws in pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, together with adaptive cruise control.

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.

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