Ford unveils future Ranger pickup for segment rivals dominate

15 January, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Rolando Keller
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As the domestic automakers chased bigger profits on their full-size trucks 'round about a decade ago, they let their mid-size pickups die on the vine.

Two and four-wheel drive versions of the returning Ranger will be available-a truck that, by the way, has been continuously sold outside of the USA since 1998-all with Ford's new ten-speed automatic transmission developed with Chevy.

Altogether the Ford Ranger should be received very well and will make an impact on the already competitive mid-size truck market.

Ford pulled the covers off its U.S. market Ranger on Sunday, a day ahead of the Detroit Motor Show. While the meaning of that is muddy, it appears the global truck has been updated for these shores. Per the estimated EPA fuel economy rating, Ford says the final figures will be released this spring. 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. Ford also says the Ranger is based on a high-strength steel frame and it can tow campers, ATVs, and watercraft, but the company isn't providing max tow ratings at this point.

In the USA the Ranger comes with power from the Ford Mustang Ecoboost - the turbo 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol matched to a 10-speed auto. The truck has a steel frame and steel bumpers.

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The tailgate is designed for both cargo and people, with an optional integrated trailer hitch. Two cab and bed options are available, but only one wheelbase is offered. A lineup of SuperCab and SuperCrew models will be offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. That package provides part-time four-wheel drive, a steel skid plate up front, other steel underbody skid plates, off-road shocks and tires, and Magnetic Grey trim accents.

Like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger gets Ford's Terrain Management System featuring normal, grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand modes. The package also includes Trail Control, which acts like a cruise control system for low-speed, rugged terrain. It sends power and braking to each individual wheel to help the FX Off-Road Ranger crawl over surface when things get technical. Both varieties will come with a Dana locking rear differential, and an electronic locking rear differential will be available, though it will be standard with the FX2 or FX4 Off-Road package. The 4WD Ranger will have 2-high, 4-high, and 4-low as standard. The five-seater features waterproof under-seat storage bins. 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. Audiophiles will be able to order a Bang & Olufsen Play audio system.

On the safety front, all 2019 Ford Rangers will come with forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

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.



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