Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

All-new Ford Ranger debuts

2019 Ford Ranger: F-150's Little Brother Comes Home Ranger Rides Again
Velma Reese | 14 January, 2018, 16:02

Close examination will reveal miniscule variances between the '19 Ranger for the USA market and the ones Ford sells globally, and those tiny differences speak volumes about the kind of quality the Dearborn automaker is building into its new midsize truck.

The 2019 Ranger will start out in XL trim, stepping up through XLT and then Lariat; both SuperCab and SuperCrew cab configurations will be offered.

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

Even its design is tough. The lack of a stripper model with plastic wheel well trim pieces leads us to believe that higher-volume, lower-profit fleet sales/work truck sales aren't as high of a priority. Globally, the Ford Ranger design is distinct for its fast windshield, high beltline, and short front overhangs, which make for good approach/departure angles.

From the rear, the Ranger nameplate stamped in the tailgate conveys strength, and the tailgate itself is created to handle people and cargo. The five-seater features waterproof under-seat storage bins. 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's proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torquetarget on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder", Thai-Tang said. Despite the 10-speed transmission where a rotary control selector could be possible, the Ranger gets a sportier transmission lever in the center console.

A side view of the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Fiat Chrysler to invest $1B in MI plant
The company will relocate the truck's production from its current location in Saltillo, Mexico, to the MI plant in 2020. The creation of 2,500 new jobs will support an expansion at Fiat Chrysler's Warren Truck Assembly Plant in MI .

Ranger prioritizes ground clearance to help climb over off-road obstacles.

The FX4's Terrain Management System offers four drive modes: normal, grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts, and sand. The system can shift on the fly to automatically change throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing and vehicle controls to tailor traction, driveability and performance to any given terrain or weather condition.

For those intent on reaching that goal, Ford marries the capable Ranger with its FX4 Off-Road package that adds off-road tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a heavy-gauge steel front bash plate and skid plates-both mounted to the frame, and the Ford Truck division's Terrain Management System. An electronically-locking rear differential will be available as an option, and offered as standard on the FX2 and FX4 off-road models. Dubbed Trail Control, it's effectively cruise control but for off-road use. Ranger four-wheel-drive versions feature 2-high, 4-high and 4-low. Adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision assist system with pedestrian detection will be standard on Lariat. Keeping the crew comfortable during the journey is a live rear axle and electric steering while entertainment responsibilities are doled out to the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system loaded with SYNC 3 software, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Opt for the XLT or top-trim Lariat and Ford throws in lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a reverse sensing system, and a blind spot information system that accounts for trailers of different sizes into the pile of technological incentives. 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. Ford's Smart Trailer Tow connector, which alerts the driver to faulty trailer connections, will also be optional.

The Ranger, which will be shown Sunday afternoon at the Detroit auto show, won't be available for another year.

Earlier in the week, Ford introduced its best-selling F-150 truck with an optional 3.0-liter diesel Power Stroke engine that will come with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg later this year.

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