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 U.S. market.
“The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of product development and purchasing at Ford.
Here are notable facts about the 2019 Ranger. Read our detailed analysis of the vehicle here.
• The Ford Ranger will be sold in the U.S. for the first time since the 2011 model year. The truck will go on sale early next year. Pricing will be available closer to launch.
• The 2019 Ranger is similar to the Ranger currently sold overseas. It has been modified to pass U.S. safety standards and suit customer preferences.
• The 2019 Ranger is not made of aluminum body panels like its bigger F-Series siblings. Instead it uses steel.
• One engine will be available at launch. It is a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Similar versions are used in the Ford Mustang and Focus RS. Horsepower and torque figures have not been provided for the 2019 Ranger. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
• Available trims include the Ranger XL, XLT and Lariat. Only extended cab configurations are available. The 2019 Ford Ranger will come in either SuperCab or the larger SuperCrew cab.
• The FX Off-Road package includes off-road shocks, all-terrain tires and an electronic-locking rear axle. It is available as FX2 with two-wheel drive or FX4 with four-wheel drive.
• The FX4 comes with underbody skid plates and an exposed steel bash plate. It also has a Terrain Management System featuring five driving modes: Normal; Grass; Sand; Gravel and Snow; and Mud and Ruts.
• The FX4 also includes Trail Control. This new technology is like cruise control for off-roading at low speeds. It takes over acceleration and braking to allow the driver to focus on steering over rugged terrain.
• Standard safety features include forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking on all trims. The Ranger XLT and Lariat trims will come standard with lane departure warning and lane-keep assist. There will also be a parking aid that detects objects and blind spot alert with trailer coverage. Pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control are standard on Lariat.
• Inside the cabin, an 8-inch touchscreen is standard and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is available.
• The 2019 Ranger can be equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as an option. The Ford+Alexa personal assistant and 4G LTE modem with WiFi access for up to 10 devices is also optional.