Introduced at last year’s North American International Auto Show last year, the 2019 Ford Ranger will be hitting the market before the end of the year.
The return of the Ranger means a new mid-size pickup for customers to think about alongside the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline.
A single turbo engine for the 2019 Ranger
While the Ranger’s rivals get V6 engines for the most part, Ford is hoping a 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo unit paired with a 10-speed automatic will be enough.
On paper, it certainly would appear so. The 2019 Ford Ranger delivers 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, more than its 6-cylinder rivals, but less than the Colorado/Canyon’s 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that features 369 pound-feet of torque.
Payload is set at 1,860 pounds (844 kilos) while maximum towing is rated at 7,500 pounds (3,402 kilos).
There will be three trim levels in the Ranger lineup and two available off-road packages – FX2 and FX4. Both feature an electronically locking rear differential, various driving and terrain modes (the Four-Mode Terrain Management System is actually taken from the Ford F-150 Raptor) and a speed-control system called Terrain Control.
Ford is also planning a wide range of active safety systems for the 2019 Ranger including Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection and even adaptive cruise control. There will also be a built-in Wi-Fi system which allows up to 10 devices to connect to the web.
We will get our first glimpse of the Ranger in early December in San Diego. Stay tuned!
2019 Ford Ranger Images