Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Ford Ranger debuts in Detroit

2019 Ford Ranger EMBARGOED DO NOT USE Ford Ranger debuts in Detroit
Stacy Diaz | 14 January, 2018, 15:13

The company is leaning on its reputation for trucks for the North American relaunch of a truck it once sold hundreds of thousands of. That is not the case.

It's a real truck.

The Ranger's suspension is a dual A-arm with coil springs in front with a solid Dana rear axle with leaf springs in back.

This Ranger gets frame-mounted steel bumpers with steel bash-plates and tow hooks. Powertrain-wise, there's only one offered, at least for the moment.

Unlike the F-Series, the Ranger is built using a mix of aluminum and steel. Toyota, the segment leader, sold more than 198,000 Tacoma trucks in 2017, up 3.4 percent from a year earlier and 27 percent ahead of 2014, according to figures compiled by Autodata. This is a class exclusive for the Ranger; all other mid-size pickups feature plastic body-mounted bumpers.

Check out the photo gallery above, head over to PickupTrucks.com for all the details on the new Ford Ranger and stay tuned for more coverage directly from the show floor in Detroit. The latest Ranger was launched in the United Kingdom in 2012 and facelifted previous year. There was much talk about the Ranger "not just carrying your adventure gear, but becoming a part of it". At the time, Ford executives said they could satisfy pickup truck demand - and make more money - by widening the price range and engine options of its larger F-150 pickup model line.

Expect a fresh exterior, steel front and rear bumpers mounted to the steel frame for enhanced durability, a 2.3-liter engine, a front "bash plate", a 10-speed automatic transmission unique to the segment and a power-train specifically created to satisfy rugged consumer tastes in North America. The crank and rods are forged steel. The new Selectshift 10-speed automatic is standard. It comes in both 2-and 4-wheel drive. Although the regular model's ground clearance is said to be decent - again, we'll have to wait for final numbers - there'll be a Ranger FX4 Off-Road Package that will bump up the trail potential even more.

An electronic Terrain Management System adjusts the drivetrain to any type of surface or condition. Grass/gravel/snow simply numbs throttle response. Sand activates 4-Hi, tells the transmission to grab the lowest gear possible, and relaxes the traction control to allow some wheel slip.

"We have a feature called "trail control" that is essentially off-road cruise control". An off-road drive assist technology maintains speed as low as 1 miles per hour and as high as 20 miles per hour, in any transfer-case setting. Where it differs from a cruise control is that pressing the brake while it's activated doesn't deactivate it but rather, brings the cruise speed down to whatever the driver slows to. An available FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices.

This pickup will also be safer than your old truck with standard emergency braking across the lineup and standard (on XLT and above) lane keeping, lane departure warning, reverse sensing system and blind spot information. To protect precious Kayaks and mini Airstreams, drivers need only go into the instrument cluster and manually input the length of their trailer (33 feet tops) the first time they hook it up.

Diehard fans may not want to think of it this way, but the return of the Ford Ranger is an echo of the same rush to fulfill consumer needs that gave rise to the crossover. Horizontal elements within the dashboard help to accentuate the width of the interior. The second row in the SuperCrew also features underseat storage that's waterproof. Specific Sport and FX Off-Road appearance packages will be offered on some of the trim levels. The FX2 variant gets all of the above, but only two powered wheels. Pricing will be announced closer to the truck's release early in 2019, with production kicking off at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant later this year.