Ford Aims At Midsize Truck Throne By Unleashing 2019 Ranger At Detroit

Detroit Auto Show: The 2019 Ford Ranger is a high tech little truck

Close examination will reveal miniscule variances between the '19 Ranger for the US 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 company released some details about the truck at midnight, but more will come when the truck makes its debut at the show.

Powering the Ranger is a twin-scroll turbocharged, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

As its name suggests, the latter package targets users who often take their trucks off-road, adding features such as protective skid plates, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, upgraded tires, as well as off-road-tuned shocks and suspension.

Production of the SUV will begin later this year before going on sale in 2019.

More bark and bite, but an EcoBoost engine and 10-speed auto ensure the Ranger stays zen in the city.




In addition, the FX4 also gets Ford's brand-new Trail Control system, which allows the driver to set a speed between 1 and 20 miles per hour that the truck will automatically maintain on the trail, taking care of the throttle and braking on its own.

More interestingly for us, this US-made Ranger previews what the updated T6 Thai-made version, that we're to get, will look like, ahead of what we expect to be its Australian on-sale date around September of 2018.

What's interesting is that, while it clearly bears some resemblance to the Ranger sold internationally, Ford says that this is no simple US-centric massage of that truck.

"We see more of an opportunity that didn't exist five years ago", Ford truck marketing manager Todd Eckert said.

SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations will be available, along with entry-level XL, mid-level XLT, and high-level Lariat trim series. That trim also comes with a terrain management system similar to that found in the F-150 Raptor. In addition, there was only so much that Ford could do when it came to outfitting the truck with enough tech to meet more stringent safety and emissions standards. However, its fully-boxed ladder frame, exterior styling, and package options have been redesigned to specifically suit the American market. An off-road drive assist technology maintains speed as low as 1 miles per hour and as high as 20 miles per hour, in any transfer-case setting. Switching modes alters throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing, and vehicle controls to provide the best performance no matter the conditions. A rear camera and emergency braking are standard, and pre-collision assist, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control are available. It is available as FX2 with two-wheel drive or FX4 with four-wheel drive.

The ability to use the truck's engineering for more than one vehicle was a major factor in the decision to bring the Ranger back to the United States. 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.

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