Detroit Motor Show: Ford Ranger adds Mustang power

2019 Ford Ranger revealed in Detroit with 2.3L EcoBoost

2019 Ford Ranger revealed in Detroit with 2.3L EcoBoost

Ford chose to bring the Ford Ranger back partly due to increased customer demand in the mid-size truck market, which has seen an increase in USA sales by 83% since 2014.

"There's a lot of shape you can see in the front from the plan view", he says.

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. Though it's similar to the software on the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger's TMS gets four modes: Normal; Grass, Gravel and Snow; Mud and Ruts; and Sand. It will also have a computerized "Terrain Management System" with settings for different sorts of on-road and off-road surfaces. Its Sync 3 works off an eight-inch information/entertainment screen. The lack of a stripper model with plastic wheel well trim pieces leads us to believe that higher-volume, lower-profit fleet sales/work truck sales aren't as high of a priority. The tailgate is aluminum, with the handle lifted for "usability".

Revealed overnight, the US-market version of the Ranger - a competitor for the Chevrolet Colorado that's also sold here wearing a Holden badge - will exclusively use the turbocharged 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine from the Mustang - performance details are a bit light on the ground at the moment - mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission that includes Ford's bad gearstick-mounted shifter toggle instead of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It will be paired with the company's new 10-speed automatic transmission, and Ford claims that will help it deliver 4-cylinder fuel economy. No manual will be offered.

If you've spent any time outside the US or Canada in the last decade, you've likely seen a new Ranger - it's the best-selling pickup in Europe.

The Michigan assembly line will be the fourth factory in the world to build the Ranger, including South Africa, Argentina and Thailand, where Australian models are sourced.

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SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations will be available, along with entry-level XL, mid-level XLT, and high-level Lariat trim series. Designed originally in Australia, it's now become a truly global vehicle with its arrival in North America.

We've seen spy photos of various versions of the Ranger over the past year, but this is our first chance to see it without any sort of camouflage hiding the details of the design. Ford raised President Trump's ire when it announced it was moving Focus production to a new plant, since cancelled, in Mexico.

Being that not every new, adventurous Ranger owner will have much off-road experience, Ford plans to offer a few pieces of tech on the FX packages to ensure that owners still have a decent chance to get where they're going, skillset be damned.

Or perhaps we should say that Ford is resurrecting a beloved nameplate that earlier this decade: Ranger. It also provides better maneuverability in urban areas, where parking an F-150 in a downtown public garage can be a handful, and then on weekends can haul dirt bikes or mountain bikes to the hills.

Ford didn't reveal towing and payload numbers, but said it's targeting "best in class".

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