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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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2019 Ford Ranger Is Tough Tested



Pickup fans are probably familiar with the motto “Built Ford Tough”, perhaps it’s the longest running truck tag line out there. As the essence of ford pickups, their vehicles must embody the phrase and that’s why the new 2019 Ranger pickup had to go through rigorous tests before hitting showroom floors.

Autoblog recently uploaded a video showing us exactly what the Ranger had to go through before receiving the “Ford Tough” green light. Used and abused, prototypes are first tested in the lab, then moved to the automaker’s proving grounds before taking on whatever challenges the real world can throw at it.

First is a four-post shaker table in the lab, on which the Ranger spends days getting agitated to see if any squeaks and rattles presents themselves. Then it’s moved outdoors to Ford’s Michigan proving grounds, home to the Silver Creek Track. “The impacts are so severe that robotic drivers are used so humans don't get injured.” If the Ranger can handle such extreme road conditions to the point where it becomes unsafe for humans, it can handle whatever owners can throw at them.

Moving outside the fenced in proving grounds, the Ranger had to take on Arizona’s high temperatures and long steep grades while towing a large trailer. Its ultimate test was in the Australian Outback, the land of heat and harsh off-road trails.

Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer, calls this process “torture” and rightfully so.
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Here's the accompanying video for those who are interested. Looks like the T6 platform has really been put through the paces before arriving on U.S shores. Still no word on the Raptor variant, so the Wildtrak may be the next closest thing for customers who aren't wiling to wait.
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Looks like that crazy expensive suspension system is paying off. Hopefully its durability matches its performance, as I imagine the replacement of those Fox Racing shock absorbers will cost a pretty penny. Wish I had sand dunes to test out that Desert Rally mode, as it looks like it makes going sideways pretty easy.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-08-2018, 08:51 AM
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Now they just need a safety test to finalize just how Ford tough the Ranger is. But with how sturdy even the Suspension and body mounts are, I'm sure they didn't skimp out on the body panels and support pillars.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-08-2018, 02:53 PM
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Great to see that Ford is putting the Ranger through its paces which means a lot to someone like myself that is already sold on the Tacoma but still open to other offerings. However the real test to me will be once owners actually have it. Real world stats never lie.
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Keep in mind the NA Ranger has been slightly tweaked already, most likely for the more rigid safety regulations here. Any idea of what kind of factory warranty we will be seeing on the Ranger?
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2018, 08:37 AM
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The one area where all F-150 seems to fail is with the headlight test, where it receives a 'P' for poor because visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests on curves. Something Ford should fix in the Ranger and future F-150 models.
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If Ford is going to offer a similar warranty package as to whats offered on the F150 then we should be seeing a 3 year or 36,000-mile limited warranty as well as a 5 year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is on par with what most of the other competitors are offering and hopefully they also include the five year or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance on the new Ranger.
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Any word yet on cost if the different models? I'm looking for the 4x4 extra cab.
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They have announced pricing for foreign markets, but we haven't been given any word yet on North America. We are estimating a price base of around $22k based upon currency exchange rates.
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