Ford Ranger finally reintroduced with production set to start in 2018


Ford discontinued the Ranger in the North American market back in 2011.The market is home to Ford's best-selling model, the larger F-150 pick-up. Ford reports that it is capable of 11,400 pounds of towing, a 2,020 payload, and making 250 horsepower and 440-pounds of torque.

While mechanically very similar to the existing T6 Ford Ranger sold in various other markets around the world, the North American version gets quite a lot of unique equipment. A year on, the 2019 Ford Ranger is stepping into the light.

It looks very much like the same Ford Ranger that has been on-sale in Europe and other foreign markets in that interim.

The 2019 Ranger remains a traditional body-on-frame pickup design.

Two and four-wheel drive versions of the returning Ranger will be available-a truck that, by the way, has been continuously sold outside of the USA since 1998-all with Ford's new ten-speed automatic transmission developed with Chevy. Every body panel was "touched", for "optimized panel gap reduction, and wind noise reduction", Wolff adds.

No changes have been made to the Ranger's design, but it features a bespoke chassis set-up to cater to U.S. tasted and uses Ford's 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, as opposed to one of the diesel units offered in the UK.

The Ford Ranger FX4 will also get a Terrain Management System not dissimilar to that found on the Ford F-150 Raptor. An off-road drive assist technology maintains speed as low as 1 miles per hour and as high as 20 miles per hour, in any transfer-case setting. A blind spot warning system will be offered, combined with LED taillights, that also includes trailer coverage.

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The 2019 Ranger Lariat also throws in pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, together with adaptive cruise control.

The standard Ranger is rear-wheel drive, but part-time shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive is optional.

The tailgate is designed for both cargo and people, with an optional integrated trailer hitch. Standard wheels are 17-inch, with 18-inchers optional. Ford has unveiled the 2019 Ford Ranger, which is finally coming back to the U.S. With the success of the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and even the upcoming new Nissan Frontier, Ford has finally made a decision to re-enter the midsize truck segment with a new Ranger. It will be mated to the 10-speed automatic with three overdrive gears co-developed with the folks at General Motors. No manual will be offered.

Indeed, the original Ranger built its loyal following by virtue of its rugged talents, and so that's what Ford is focusing on this time around, too. Super Cab will come with a five-foot box, and the Super Crew's will be six feet. Chrome and sport appearance packages as well as FX off-road, SuperCab (rear half-doors) and SuperCrew (full four-door) configurations will all be available. Marketing-speak translation: Ford wants buyers willing to splurge on the Ranger because they think it's cool, even if they in no way need a pickup truck. Engineers say that the Ranger has been tested to the same durability standards as the F-Series trucks.

Rolling out of an assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, the new Ranger is based on an architecture Ford developed for sale around the world, but engineers say every piece of the US version's frame is new. Ford raised President Trump's ire when it announced it was moving Focus production to a new plant, since cancelled, in Mexico.

If you've spent any time outside the US or Canada in the last decade, you've likely seen a new Ranger - it's the best-selling pickup in Europe.