Ford Brings the Ranger Back into the Fold

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Unveiled today at the Detroit Auto Show 2018, it's a triumphant return to the United States market that has been eagerly anticipated since the automaker spilled the beans on its plans twelve months ago.

A few days ago, we predicted that there might be a new Ford Mustang Bullitt unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, and we were right. Ford last made the midsize Ranger pickup in North America back in 2011.

The new Ranger is midsized and has a new grill and hood-line.

Rolling out of an assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., the new Ranger is based on an architecture Ford developed for sale around the world, but engineers say every piece of the US version's frame is new.

The US version of the 2019 Ford Ranger. It is built with a high-strength steel frame backbone and is powered by a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford isn't yet releasing pricing, but it will be competitive with other midsize trucks. A few years later, General Motors Co. launched the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, selling more than half a million units combined in the USA and generating about $17.5 billion in revenue. It has a terrain management system that automatically adjusts the transmission and vehicle controls for driving in snow, mud or sand.

Although, for a return to the midsize truck segment, you might have expected Ford to target the full breadth of price points, it seems the blue oval is willing to sacrifice the very base level. For off-road chops the rear- and four-wheel-drive models both feature Dana Trac-Lok differentials, and an electrically locking rear diff is available as an option or standard on the FX2 and FX4 trims. With a turbo-4 and a 10-speed, you can bet that fuel economy will also be at or near the top of the class.

Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies.

Inside, the Ranger is pretty civilized, offering leather upholstery, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen that hosts the Sync 3 infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience.

Ford said Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage will be standard features on Ranger XLT and Lariat trim levels. The Trail Control feature can also be purchased and it will act as cruise control system.

Newer versions of the truck are sold in roughly 180 markets around the world.