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Ford Reveals Future Ranger Pickup for Segment Rivals Dominate

16 January 2018, 01:04 | Sam Montgomery

Welcome back Ranger! 2019 Ford Ranger shows off ahead of its Detroit show debut

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

The new Ranger will start arriving in North American dealerships in early 2019 and be assembled at its Wayne, Michigan, factory in suburban Detroit.

While the Ranger name has persisted on Ford trucks in other countries, the last time Ford sold a Ranger in the United States was during the 2011 model year. "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".

The 2.3-litre petrol powerplant is unlikely to make its way to Australian Rangers
The 2.3-litre petrol powerplant is unlikely to make its way to Australian Rangers

Ford also had its new Edge ST SUV and the 2019 Mustang Bullitt - based on the 1968 Steve McQueen file - on display during the press conference at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. Now, in the metal, we can see the results of this new, midsize truck, and it's shaping up to be something pretty special. A few years later, General Motors Co. launched the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, selling more than half a million units combined in the US and generating about $17.5 billion in revenue.

The first-ever diesel engine offered for the F-150 comes as a 3.0-liter Powerstroke with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford also offers customers an FX4 Off-Road Package with the Ranger, which provides off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates, and FX4 badging.

Ford said it expects the Ranger to have best-in-class payload capacity but wouldn't divulge any details on power, fuel economy, dimensions or weight. For off-road chops the rear- and four-wheel-drive models both feature Dana Trac-Lok differentials, and an electrically locking rear diff is available as an option or standard on the FX2 and FX4 trims. Orians also suspects that while the Ranger has sentimental value for some drivers, most will prefer something more capable and comfortable. Other variants will feature Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. This will allow them to take advantage of technology such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. A new trail control feature maintains a set speed even on slow, bumpy trails. Only extended cab configurations are available.

Inside, the cabin appears fairly unchanged, with the same 8.0-inch Sync3 infotainment and dual-digital TFT driver instrument panel shown, but Amazon's Alexa personal assistant and 4G LTE for 10-spot WiFi will be offered in USA models.

Big-truck king Ford Motor Co. has been missing out on soaring mid-size pickup sales.

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