US Ford Ranger Revealed

2019 Ford Ranger EMBARGOED DO NOT USE

The winners for 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) will be announced at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15. Ford last made the midsize Ranger pickup in North America back in 2011. The automaker anticipates the truck will capture customers coming out of cars and SUVs, as the new Ranger is more aimed at weekend warriors who live in cities and spend free time off-roading and camping. Ford's decision to invest $850 million in the Wayne plant to build the Ranger and a new Bronco SUV won praise a year ago from US President. In this case, the sole engine that will be offered is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which can only be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It will sell in the USA in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat variants with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrewcab configurations.

He later added that the midsize truck will come with a steel frame, as "real trucks don't have fascias". It has been modified to pass USA safety standards and suit customer preferences.

A special option package, called FX4, will provide off-road tires, specially tuned shock absorbers, all terrain tires and protective plates on the underside of the truck. It includes four distinct drive modes – normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand.

It's absence has been felt by fans in the United States, while sales of other manufacturers' mid-sized trucks, such as the Chevy Colorado, forced Ford into rethink.

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Power is distributed through Dana AdvanTEK independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models with an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard on FX2 and FX4) for increased all-terrain traction. With a turbo-4 and a 10-speed, you can bet that fuel economy will also be at or near the top of the class. Orians also suspects that while the Ranger has sentimental value for some drivers, most will prefer something more capable and comfortable.

Ford said Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage will be standard features on Ranger XLT and Lariat trim levels. Interestingly, the new Ranger will be available in just a single engine/powertrain combination, which is quite odd for a pickup truck.

As with all new Fords, the Sync3 will be available, and FordPass with Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing users to connect up to 10 devices within a 50 feet radius of the vehicle. "And that's before we introduce it in the biggest truck market in the world, which is the USA".

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