Last year, Ford confirmed that the Ranger will finally return to the United States market. And here they are now, pulling the wraps off the 2019 midsized pickup. It has an all-new design that was made specially for the US. Having said that, it is slightly different from the Rangers we have been seeing overseas.
One can easily recognize the 2019 Ranger as a Ford even in a pool of midsize pickups. This is because of the horizontal bar grille and its unique vents on the front fenders. The flared fenders give the truck its toughness, while the angled windshield is meant to reduce drag and wind noise. A Ranger logo can also be found on the tailgate. The truck has short overhangs which are meant to improve off-road approach and departure angles. Two variations of this will be available, a SuperCab (half rear doors) and a SuperCrew with four doors.
Ford Ranger is being marketed at those who live in the city, but who are adventurous enough to explore the outdoors. Simply put, the pickup truck strikes a balance between the city and the outdoors.
To ensure that it is sturdy enough, the Ranger was made from high strength steel as seen on the front and the rear bumpers too. As for its power, it comes from a turbocharged 2.3 liter inline four engine that works with a ten-speed automatic transmission. No power ratings are currently available at the moment, but it will get an engine like that of the 2018 Mustang, which can carry out 310 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque.
The Ranger will be available in rear and four wheel drive models, which both will have Dana Trac-Lok differentials. Meanwhile, an electrically locking gear differential is also available on the FX2 and FX4 trims.
Of all the models, the FX4 trim with off-road package is the most trail-ready one – due to its steel skid plates and unique off-road shocks and tires among other features. And like the F-150 Raptor, it includes a Terrain Management System controller that has different modes namely: normal, grass, gravel, snow, mud and some other. A Trail Control feature, on the other hand, features a more advanced form of hill-descent control, allowing the driver to set a speed so the truck can manage braking and acceleration, letting off-roaders focus only on steering.
Inside the cabin, the Ranger can fit in 5 passengers. There is an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen that has Ford’s Sync 3 software, and a pair of color displays in the instrument cluster. Customers can pay a little more for features like the B&O Play sound system, and LED head- and tail lights. Safety features come standard with this too.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will begin production later in 2018, so we will have to be a bit more patient while waiting for its official performance specs.