The Ford Ranger will return for the 2019 model year. Last sold back in 2011, the long-running pickup was initially terminated due to drooping sales. Nevertheless, a renewal in demand for small pickups has actually apparently caused Ford to rethink its technique of relying almost completely on the F-150 and its large variety of configurations to match the needs of purchasers.
2019 Ford Ranger Trim Levels
The reborn Ranger is a midsize pickup that resembles the version provided overseas, with a rugged look that doesn’t simply simulate the bigger F-150. Ford says the vehicle’s powertrain and chassis have been adapted to match North American buyers. Three trims will be used: XL, XLT and Lariat, in a choice of either SuperCab or SuperCrew styles.
Ability will be a strong selling point, with the optional FX4 Off-Road Package boasting increased ground clearance, a skid plate, more aggressive tires and a surface management system adjusted from the F-150 Raptor. A new mode called Trail Control will imitate a type of cruise control for low-speed maneuvering over rough surface.
2019 Ford Ranger Interior
Inside the cabin, the Ranger will come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system offered with SYNC 3 and connectivity with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, in addition to Amazon Alexa. Other interior details have not yet been revealed completely.
2019 Ford Ranger Engine
Under the hood, the Ranger will feature a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection. The engine will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Power and torque figures have not yet been revealed. Overseas, the Ranger is provided with an option of diesel engines, a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder rated at 158 hp with 284 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.2-liter 5-cylinder making 197 hp with 346 lb-ft. There are no indications that U.S. buyers will get similar options, although the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon already provide this capability.
2019 Ford Ranger Safety
Security will be a location where the Ranger sees huge developments over previous models. For 2019, Ford will use the most recent motorist support features like automated emergency braking, lane-keeping system and adaptive cruise control. There will also be a blind area warning system that works even when transporting a trailer.
2019 Ford Ranger Pricing & Release Date
The 2019 Ford Ranger will begin production in late 2018. At this moment, it’s unclear if that will lead to a release date before the end of this year or in early 2019. Main pricing is still a long way off. For reference, the F-150 presently begins at $28,675 including destination for an entry-level XL 4 × 2 Regular Cab. The Chevy Colorado, a possible direct rival, starts around $25,000 to $27,000 (leaving out the entry-level variation that’s marketed from $20,995 however is seldom stocked).
Ford will likely face obstacles in making the Ranger budget friendly in relation to the F-150. Considered that rebates frequently make the F-150 an appealing possibility in a section that often boasts deals worth up to $10,000, it will be interesting to see how the automaker opts to place the Ranger. Key rivals will include the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and Nissan Frontier.