With the new 2019 Ford Ranger, the Blue Oval Brand is again in the mid-size pickup truck segment in the US. The version of the Ranger returns the stateside on the global Ranger platform and with slightly changed styling from the global version. The model has a modern cabin and comes in two body styles. Ford will launch this truck in three trim options XL, XLT and Lariat.
The power will come from the EcoBoost engine but Ford is expected to expand the powertrain range with more options in the future. We won’t be surprised if Ford adds hybrid and turbodiesel powertrains later in the life cycle. The new truck will also have the latest tech and long list of active safety systems. The Ranger Raptor is also expected.
2019 Ford Ranger: Design
As it was internally expected when first hints appeared about Ranger’s return, Ford hasn’t reinvented the 2019 Ford Ranger as the model uses global Ranger’s platform. The new model has, however, unique sheetmetal and uses steel body panels instead of the aluminum used for the best-selling F-150.
The six-sided grille combined with the available LED headlights defines the face of the new Ranger and grille has unique finish in each trim. The sculpted fender flares also add to model’s appearance and model also has nice creases on the hood.
The mid-size Ranger comes in two cab styles and with two cargo bed options. The SuperCab version has rear-hinged rear doors and comes with the 5-foot cargo bed. The SuperCrew version uses full-size rear doors and 6-foot bed.
The new Rangers offers seats for five in both cab versions. The center cluster will include an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system based on Ford’s Sync3 platform. The system supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto plus Amazon Alexa Assistant. Ford will also install 4G LTE connectivity and offer Bang Olufsen sound system. The instrument panel consisting of two LCD screens will also be available.
The Ranger will also offer luxury and comfort upgrades but also a number of active driver aids. All Rangers will include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Available will also be adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, park assist, blind spot monitoring, etc.
2019 Ford Ranger: Powertrains
When it arrives, the 2019 Ford Ranger will be powered by the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine. The same unit in the Ford Explorer produces 280 hp and torque of 310 lb-ft. Ford will pair this engine with the ten-speed automatic transmission. The Ranger will offer the rear-wheel drive by default and all-wheel drive optionally.
All Rangers will have Dana rear locking differential while as an option Ford will offer an electronic locking rear differential. The model will also use Raptor based terrain management system with four modes. The FX-4 off-road package will upgrade with the skid plates, sport-tuned suspension, upgraded tires, etc.
Ford will surely expand the powertrain range in the future and we should expect turbodiesel and hybrid options.
2019 Ford Ranger: Arrival, Price
The sales of the new 2019 Ford Ranger will begin in early 2019. The price range should start below $25k.