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Ford Ranger debuts at Detroit auto show

Ford Ranger debuts at Detroit auto show

Ranger fans and Donald Trump, get those hands ready to sign checks or Tweet because this Michigan-built truck is coming to market in early 2019. USA sales are up 83 percent since 2014 as a new generation of midsize truck buyers seek more maneuverable, fuel-efficient pickups. "The new Ranger is designed for today's mid-size truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends". Plus Ford wanted it to bear some resemblance to the larger F-150 pickup.

All-wheel-drive versions of the Ford Ranger outsold those for Australia's best-selling trade ute, the Toyota Hilux in 2017, 36,932 sales to 35,297, VFACTS figures show.

In the USA the new Ranger has been made available with a 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine paired with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. This 16-valve, dual-overhead cam engine features direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger.

The Ranger nameplate is stamped across the tailgate. While no specs were revealed, the automaker claims the 2.3-liter unit offers torque comparable to V6 engines and the efficiency of a four-cylinder.

Yes, a unique powertrain; for now, at least, the North American 2019 Ford Ranger will be available with just a single engine and transmission combination, although it's a rather promising one.




It will be available in both 2WD and 4WD variants and will come in Xl, XLT and Lariat trim options. The truck will also have an FX4 Off-Road Package.

The rough-and-tumble truck features plenty of tech tidbits too. Ford's Smart Trailer Tow connector can warn about mis-connected trailer links.

On the safety front, automatic emergency braking is available, and XLT and Lariat trims come standard with lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, a reverse sensing system, and blind-spot warning with trailer coverage. Available SYNC 3 features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexapersonal assistant functionality and optional navigation, Ford said. Buyers will be able to connect to a 4G LTE link that will provide in-vehicle wi-fi for up to 10 devices through FordPass Connect, and choose a premium Bang & Olufsen Play audio system.

Interior changes for North America include a revised steering wheel, shifter and controls along with different trim colors and available Sync3 connectivity. This package, to be offered for rear- and four-wheel-drive models, will add skid plates, knobby tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, a Terrain Management System, and a new Trail Control system. It has four modes: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. A Ranger Raptor hasn't been confirmed for North America yet, but spy photos have us crossing our fingers. Think of this as cruise-control blended with a hill-descent control system. A DANA Trac-lok rear differential and open-front diff are standard, but opting for the FX4 or FX2 off-road packages nets owners a DANA electronic locking rear diff. One of the casualties was the Ford Ranger, and it slipped into that good night after the 2011 model year. Ford designed the new model on the platform used in global production.


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