Spec 2019 Ford Ranger unveiled, gets 2.3T with 10-spd auto

Audrey Hill
January 15, 2018

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.

Incidentally, the Ford Ranger was SA's second best selling vehicle in 2017.

The truck will be built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant.

Close examination will reveal miniscule variances between the '19 Ranger for the USA market and the ones Ford sells globally, and those tiny differences speak volumes about the kind of quality the Dearborn automaker is building into its new midsize truck.

Fully reengineered for the United States, Ranger will be built in MI with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 16V engine has direct fuel injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger, plus forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams.

The Ranger nameplate is stamped across the tailgate.

"Ranger's proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torquetarget on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder", Thai-Tang said. Despite the 10-speed transmission where a rotary control selector could be possible, the Ranger gets a sportier transmission lever in the center console. A lineup of SuperCab and SuperCrew models will be offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels.

The team over at Ford has taken a lot of what they have done with the F-series truck and brought it down into a smaller bite-size package.

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The rough-and-tumble truck features plenty of tech tidbits too.

Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience, and connectivity technologies. The Ranger XLT and Lariat trims will come standard with lane departure warning and lane-keep assist.

Ford said the interior of the new Ranger "blends comfort and functionality", with room for five people with luggage.

If electronics is more your style the Ranger will feature SYNC 3 which has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexa personal assistant functionality, and optional navigation.

The package adds protective skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, a Terrain Management System and Trail Control. It's been programmed with four modes: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Rut, and Sand. The 2.3-liter will be exclusively paired to a 10-speed automatic.

Americans will be happy to know this isn't simply a transplant of the European Ranger, but has been designed specifically for United States market.

Something new in the FX4 package is Ford's all-new Trail Control technology. The Lariat will also get Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Detection. It is available as FX2 with two-wheel drive or FX4 with four-wheel drive. Ford pulled the truck from the North American market in 2011, and the automaker has been on the sidelines as the midsize truck segment has grown 83% since 2014 to 452,000 sales past year, he notes. Similar versions are used in the Ford Mustang and Focus RS. Horsepower and torque figures have not been provided for the 2019 Ranger.

The new Ranger will start arriving in North American dealerships in early 2019 and be assembled at its Wayne, Michigan, factory in suburban Detroit.

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