2019 Ranger

A Ranger Rundown, Here's what you NEED to know about the 2019 Ranger!

2019 Ranger
Ford’s Ranger has at long last returned! The truck that left the market in 2011 as a compact pickup has been resurrected in a larger, mid-size package to do battle with the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma. Although its body is made of good old-fashioned steel—unlike its aluminum-bodied F-150 sibling—the Ranger will launch with a segment-exclusive turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. With mid-size-pickup sales pouring in for General Motors’ Colorado and Canyon trucks, Ford is eager to get its mitts on the pizza and take a slice for itself.

2019 Ranger

It Isn’t a Totally Fresh Face . . .

While the Ranger was MIA in the States, an international version was racking up big numbers elsewhere (Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa, in particular). That is where the domestic Ranger’s journey begins.

2019 Ranger

Although It Has a Fresh Frame

Ford tells us that, although the new truck’s frame appears to be a near doppelgänger of the frame of the overseas Ranger, a side-by-side inspection reveals that it has been configured specifically for stateside duty. Significantly for the domestic market, the frame has been modified to provide a sturdy mounting location for the front and rear steel bumpers.

2019 Ranger

Steel Yourself for a Truck of Steel

Sitting atop the frame is a mostly steel body with an aluminum hood and tailgate. Comprehensively tweaked for tighter and more consistent panel gaps than in the global version, it sports a refreshed fascia and lighting elements. Ford would like to remind everyone—GM in particular—that the Ranger wears a real steel front bumper, not a fascia.

2019 Ranger

How Many Horses on the Range?

While Ford hasn’t yet revealed any output figures, it’s no secret that the Ranger’s 2.3-liter is closely related to the 280-hp 2.3-liter in the current Explorer and a shirttail relative to the 310-hp version that lives under the hood of the Mustang. Based on that, we figure it will land at somewhere around 300 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in the Ranger.

2019 Ranger

It’ll Off-Road, All Right

The FX2 (two-wheel drive) and FX4 (four-wheel drive) off-road versions get electronic locking rear differentials as standard, as well as other goodies including all-terrain tires, dampers tuned for off-road activity, a steel front bash plate, steel skid plates, and, of course, FX badging. Although tuned for more adventurous activities, the FX models have a ride height that remains the same, as Ford engineered the entire Ranger lineup to qualify as “high riders.”

2019 Ranger

And There’s a Terrain Management System

Taking a page from the Raptor playbook, the Ranger FX4 also comes with a Terrain Management System to optimize off-road travel. Consisting of four modes—Normal; Grass, Gravel, and Snow; Mud and Ruts; and Sand—it alters throttle response, transmission shift points, and traction and stability control.

2019 Ranger

The Ranger Can Crawl

A new Trail Control system offers cruise-control-like convenience for low-speed and off-road driving by taking over braking and acceleration functions to maintain a set speed. It’s capable of meting out torque and braking to each individual wheel to allow the driver to focus on vehicle direction. Additionally, it allows the driver to set a lower travel speed by tapping the brakes until the desired speed is achieved without deactivating the system.

2019 Ranger

You Can Choose from a Range of Rangers

Available in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, the truck has a trim-level hierarchy that will seem familiar to anyone who follows Ford trucks: XL is the entry point, XLT is mid-level, and Lariat is the high-luxe version. Additionally, Chrome and Sport appearance packages will be available.

2019 Ranger

Home inside the Range

The interior features room for five, underseat storage in the rear, and dual LCD info screens in the instrument panel. Available Sync 3 brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexa personal-assistant functionality, optional navigation, and an 8.0-inch center touchscreen. 4G LTE connectivity with support for up to 10 devices is optional.

2019 Ranger

A Mid-Size Pickup for the (Non-Commercial) People

Although Ford is proud of the fact that the Ranger was subjected to—and passed—the same testing regimen as the F-150, the automaker strived to configure it more toward the outdoor enthusiast than hard-core commercial users.

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