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2019 Ranger Facts So Far


Models & Availability

Finally the Ranger returns to America, heating up the mid-size truck segment occupied by the top selling Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and Nissan Frontier to name a few. Following its debut at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show Ford revealed enough to potential owners interested. Production of (entry-level) XL, XLT and Lariat trims begins late 2018 with your choice of appearance packages and cab configurations. No word on a Raptor model so far.

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Ford today reveals the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger for North America, bringing midsize truck fans a new choice from North America’s truck sales leader – one that’s engineered Built Ford Tough and packed with driver-assist technologies to make driving easier whether on- or off-road.

Production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks. U.S. sales are up 83 percent since 2014 as a new generation of midsize truck buyers seek more maneuverable, fuel-efficient pickups.

The 2019 Ford Ranger answers the call with an all-new midsize pickup featuring a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain developed specifically for North American truck customers. Powerful and strong, with a high-strength steel frame, Ranger is equipped with a proven 2.3-litre EcoBoost® engine mated to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment.

“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.”

Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trim series with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.
- Ford USA

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Built Ford Tough

Ford tough DNA build on a foundation of high-strength steel and some other core practices along with F-150 style torture testing can be found here. Like the F-150, it looks the part too with bold and muscular styling from every angle. Obvious treatments of this include its high belt-line, "Ranger" stamped into the tailgate and the rugged steel bumpers (integrated hitch is optional). Power comes from a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed transmission. Up to 320 lb.ft torque and around 300 hp is expected.

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Built Ford Tough is engineered in Ranger’s DNA – from its high-strength steel frame backbone to its frame-mounted steel front and rear bumpers. Ford engineers put Ranger through the same torture testing as the legendary F-150 goes through.

Even its design is tough. Ranger’s muscular body features a high beltline that emphasizes strength, while a raked grille and windshield provide an athletic appearance – designed to aid in aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. Short overhangs are functional off-road for clearing obstacles.

From the rear, the Ranger nameplate stamped in the tailgate conveys strength, and the tailgate itself is designed to handle people and cargo. A rugged steel bumper with an available integrated trailer hitch receiver helps make towing campers, ATVs or watercraft a breeze.

Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. A center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC® 3 system, while the instrument cluster features dual LCD productivity screens for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information.

Ranger’s twin-power dome hood houses its 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine designed for efficiency and capability thanks to direct fuel injection, a twin-scroll turbocharger and 16-valve design. For added durability, the engine features a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams.

“Ranger’s proven 2.3-litre EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” said Thai-Tang. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”
- Ford USA
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Ready For Any Adventure

Like most mid-size pick up's in this segment, the all-new Ranger is ready for most adventures you can throw at it. This is thanks to it's ground clearance and suspension which get improved if you upgrade to the FX4 Off-Road package. Aside from the usual improved shocks, tires, etc. here we get a Terrain Management System trickled down from the F-150 Raptor along with "Trail Control" Technology.

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Ranger is designed for a new generation of midsize truck customers who head off-road to recharge.

Ranger prioritizes ground clearance to help climb over off-road obstacles. The FX4 Off-Road Package provides additional trail capability with off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging.

To give customers a great all-terrain driving experience, Ranger’s FX4 Off-Road Package features an innovative Terrain Management System™ similar to the F-150 Raptor’s. It includes four distinct drive modes – normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and 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.

The FX4 Off-Road Package introduces Ford’s all-new Trail Control™ technology. Like cruise control for the highway but designed for low-speed, rugged terrain, Trail Control takes over acceleration and braking – sending power and braking to each individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on steering along the course.

Power is distributed through Dana®Trac-Lok™ differentials with an available electronic-locking rear differential (standard on FX4) for increased all-terrain traction. Ranger four-wheel-drive versions feature 2-high, 4-high and 4-low.
- Ford USA
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Technology

Aside from advanced driving tech trickled down from the F150 Raptor as mentioned above, inside the cabin you can opt for SYNC 3. If having the latest in connected technology like Andriod Auto and Apple Car Play is required, then there's no question that SYNC is for you. Autonomous-like tech also found its way into the 2019 Ranger with Lane Keeping Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning to name a few. Additional luxuries include an optional premium audio system, LED headlights and taillights, puddle lamps and Smart Trailer Tow.

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Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies. Advanced driver-assist technologies include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, while Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies standard on Lariat include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Available SYNC® 3 features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. An available FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Available AC power outlets allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets provide more options for passengers to connect. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience.

Additional features include optional LED headlamps and taillamps. Optional exterior lighting includes puddle lamps and lighting for the cargo bed, while Ford’s available Smart Trailer Tow connector alerts drivers to faulty trailer connections.
- Ford USA
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I'd be interested in seeing what the ground clearance for the new Ford Ranger will be if that's what it prioritizes. Maybe it'll be the ground clearance leader in the midsize pickup segment.
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I'd be interested in seeing what the ground clearance for the new Ford Ranger will be if that's what it prioritizes. Maybe it'll be the ground clearance leader in the midsize pickup segment.
If its viewed as high as they're making it out to be then odds are we will be seeing some promotional material on it that will help to show what it can/can't do. At this point its jut a matter of time.
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I'd be interested in seeing what the ground clearance for the new Ford Ranger will be if that's what it prioritizes. Maybe it'll be the ground clearance leader in the midsize pickup segment.
Don't know how it compared with ground clearance to rival brands but from what I understand is that we're getting 9 inches of space between the underbody and ground. its apparently enough that the average person won't need steps to get up into the cabin.
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I think for the most part, people are a little disappointed that the new Ranger is so much larger than its previous models. There really aren't many "small" pickups left in the segment and I think Ford could have further separated itself by staying more true to the original Ranger that everyone had come to love.
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I wish they had gone the opposite route and kept the Ranger a "small" pickup, as it was in its previous generations. I don't know why they would opt to bring another midsize pickup to market, as they are already many different options in the segment.
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I've looked into Ford's torture test as reliability of a vehicle is very important, and found the test to exceed my expectations. There's the usual test to make sure corrosion does not happen when steel components come in contact with aluminum, and thenh you have Ford exposing the interior materials and paint finishes to light, checking to see how it'll fair after years of sunlight.
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I'd be interested in seeing what the ground clearance for the new Ford Ranger will be if that's what it prioritizes. Maybe it'll be the ground clearance leader in the midsize pickup segment.
As we've finally seen the full release of the Raptor variant, I think they indicated that it sits considerably higher than the stock Ranger. As obviously its been more catered to off road performance, this isn't surprising. Do we know if there are any serious changes in height/suspension with the FX-4 trim?
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I've looked into Ford's torture test as reliability of a vehicle is very important, and found the test to exceed my expectations. There's the usual test to make sure corrosion does not happen when steel components come in contact with aluminum, and thenh you have Ford exposing the interior materials and paint finishes to light, checking to see how it'll fair after years of sunlight.
I believe its what Land Rover has carried on into its current vehicles even years after TATA took over Fords roll. To be honest it was after Ford had LR that i was really interested in the brand. Thankfully they're doing even better now.
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As we've finally seen the full release of the Raptor variant, I think they indicated that it sits considerably higher than the stock Ranger. As obviously its been more catered to off road performance, this isn't surprising. Do we know if there are any serious changes in height/suspension with the FX-4 trim?
I do believe that Ford indicated that the FX-4 trims are to come with an "off road" suspension, but we haven't been given any solid specifications of that set up. I have a feeling the truck will sit at the same height and merely offer some higher end shocks and tires. I think for those really interested in taking the truck off road, may have to look into aftermarket upgrades.
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