Ford Brings the Ranger Back into the Fold

DETROIT: on Sunday will officially take the wraps off its long-awaited Ranger midsize pickup truck, a year ahead of its arrival in showrooms, as rivals consolidate positions in a segment once gave up for dead.

The Ranger hasn't been seen on the market in the U.S. since 2011 when it was removed due to declining sales.

Ford Motor Co. returned to the midsize pickup truck market with the 2019 Ford Ranger, bringing back the vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit following an eight year absence from the USA market. However, its fully-boxed ladder frame, exterior styling, and package options have been redesigned to specifically suit the American market. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience. 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. A Raptor-badged version of the Ranger, which is likely to feature a twin-turbo V6 in the United States, but a twin-turbo diesel engine here, is due to be revealed in Thailand early next month. Ford will sell two-door SuperCab and four-door SuperCrew configurations. “When you pair that with its 10-speedtransmission, youve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”.

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If the engine sounds familiar, it's because it's a modified version of the same engine used in the Ford Mustang and the Focus RS hot hatch. Ford engineers are expecting to achieve best-in-class torque.

The optional SYNC 3 system will also sport Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexa personal assistant functionality and optional navigation. It will be controlled within a 3.8, four, or 8-inch touch-screen system, depending upon trim package chosen.

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.

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Additional driver-assist technologies standard on Ranger pickups spec'd with the Lariat trim level include Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Ranger is designed for a new generation of midsize truck customers who head off-road to recharge.

The new Ranger is midsized and has a new grill and hood-line. What we do know is that we are at the falling-in-love stage of the marketing push, so Ford has rolled out its consumer site for the truck with photos of young, active, happy people doing young, active, happy outdoorsy things in their 2019 Ford Rangers.

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