Ford has announced that its popular midsize Ranger pickup will be returning to North America as a 2019 model.
“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 all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.”
The 2019 Ranger has a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain, featuring a 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Ranger will also offer optional LED headlights and taillights, exterior lighting, and available Smart Trailer Tow connector.
“Ranger’s proven 2.3-litre EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” said Thai-Tang. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”
Ranger is ready to leave the pavement with the FX4 off-road package. It adds off-road tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, frame-mounted heavy gauge steel front bash and skid plates, along with special FX4 badging. The package also includes a Terrain Management System (similar to the F-150 Raptor), it offers four drive modes normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand.
The system shifts automatically to change throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing and vehicle controls. It also adds all-new Trail Control which is designed as cruise control for low-speed rugged terrain, the system takes over accelerating and braking, allowing driver to focus on steering.
Like its larger cousin the F-150, Ranger offers many safety features, including automatic emergency braking with lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, reverse sensing system with blind spot information system with trailer coverage, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.
Technology is also plentiful with an eight-inch touchscreen with available SYNC 3 system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual LCD productivity screens in the instrument cluster, available FordPass Connect 4G LTE with Wi-Fi for 10 devices, available B&O PLAY audio, and AC power and USB outlets.
Ranger will be available in XL, XLT, and Lariat trim with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX off-road packages. Two cab configurations are available: SuperCab and SuperCrew. Four-wheel drive models are available and offer two-high, four-high, and four-low.
Ford Ranger is expected to arrive in Canada early in 2019.