Gas prices have been dropping, and this means that people are starting to gravitate back toward larger vehicles. For 2019, Ford is bringing back the Ranger pickup. Featuring a midsize design, this truck’s styling is modern and eye-catching.
The International Version
While Ford chose not to bring out new Rangers in the U.S. for several years, the car company was selling an international version. The vehicle was especially popular in Europe, South Africa and New Zealand. The popularity of the vehicle internationally resulted in its return to America.
When it came to developing the vehicle’s backbone for the U.S. market, Ford decided to use a fully boxed ladder frame. This frame seems to be just like the one used for the overseas model, but Ford clarified that the frame has been configured for the American market specifically. Frame modifications include sturdy mounting locations for the vehicle’s front and rear steel bumpers. Ford is also offering an integrated trailer-hitch receiver as an optional feature. According to the car maker, you can tow up to 7,500 pounds when you purchase your Ford truck with the optional towing package along with the trailer brake controller.
Atop the Frame
The car company manufactured the truck using a mostly steel body, but it does have an aluminum hood and tailgate. Amply tweaked for a more streamlined look, the U.S. version of the Ranger comes with a refreshed fascia and advanced lighting elements. Monotube dampers have been added to all four of the vehicle’s corners. The truck also comes with a control-arm front suspension and a rear live-axle setup.
Ford decided to keep it simple with the truck’s powertrain. For the Ranger, Ford is offering a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine. It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. You can get the Ranger in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
Standard equipment with the Ford truck includes the E-locker feature along with:
• All-terrain tires
• Dampers that are tuned for off-road
• Steel skid plates
• A steel front bash plate
Features of Ford’s Raptor have been popular with car buyers, so the car company decided to offer these features with the Ranger. To optimize off-road drives, the vehicle comes with a Terrain Management System. This system has four modes, which include Normal, Grass, Gravel and Snow, Sand and Mud and Ruts. The system modifies the truck’s throttle response in addition to its traction and stability control and the vehicle’s transmission shift points.
Ford is also offering a new Trail Control system with the Ranger. This advancement features cruise-control type technology. Basically, it maintains your speed by taking over the acceleration and braking functions. The system has the technology to manage torque and braking to each of the vehicle’s wheels, allowing you to focus solely on the direction that the truck is traveling. You can reset the speed to a lower one with a quick tap of the brakes without deactivating the system.
You have eight exterior colors to choose from when you decide to buy the Ford Ranger. You can also choose the truck in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations. Like other Ford
vehicles, the trim levels include the XL, which is the base model, the XLT is the mid-level option while the Lariat is the luxurious model. You can get a Chrome or Sport Ranger. Other features include:
• 17-inch or 18-inch wheels
• LED headlights and taillights
• Cargo lighting
• Puddle lamps
Inside the Ranger
Ford designed the interior of the Ranger with enough room for five people. It has extra storage underneath the seat in the back in addition to a dual LCD information screen positioned in the vehicle’s instrument panel. An available Sync 3 system provides Apple CarPlay and Android auto. You can purchase the Ranger with an optional navigation system along with an 8-inch center touchscreen. A premium audio system by B&O is available. On the option list, you’ll also have the choice to add systems like:
• Lane departure warning
• Lane-keeping assist
• Blind-spot warning
How Much Will You Pay?
This Ford mid-sized truck should be making its way to showrooms early in 2019. According to estimates, the Ranger starts at around $25,300. If you buy the nicest model available, then you can expect to pay more than $40,000 for your truck. However, you’ll have a vehicle with an abundance of technological upgrades and high-end interior materials.
Designed for the Outdoorsy Type
While Ford designed the Ranger to pass the same testing regime as its F-150, the auto manufacturer developed the Ranger for those who are outdoorsy instead of for buyers who need a tough and sturdy work truck. If you opt for the Ford Ranger, you’ll have a truck that you can play in on the weekends and go to work in Monday through Friday.