The 2019 Ford Ranger

January 30th, 2018 by

The 2019 Ford Ranger

The 2019 Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger is a beloved mid-size truck. Ford cruelly struck it from its lineup because of shrinking sales and growing fuel efficiency regulations. But with the emergent popularity of the Toyota Tacoma and GM’s Colorado/Canyon, and the exodus of sedan buyers, the Blue Oval soon realised the error of its ways. Later this year, the 2019 Ford Ranger will hit dealerships across the country and scratch an itch for all the drivers who have held onto their Rangers for the past decade.

Power

Ford has been teasing the Ranger for over a year, but this month we finally found out what it will be using underneath the hood. The primary engine will be Ford’s 2.3L turbocharged I-4 engine, currently featured in the Mustang and Focus RS. In the former, it gets 310 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, and it gets 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque in the latter. Plus, having only four cylinders allows Ford to save weight, and you to save fuel.

Ford will pair the EcoBoost engine with a class-exclusive 10-speed transmission. In Ford’s current F-Series trucks, the transmission delivers precise shifts, smooth acceleration, and makes the system generally more efficient. It’s hard not to believe that the 2019 Ranger will have the most inspired powertrain in the model’s history. Oh, and it will be safer and smarter, too.

Safety

For the first time in the model’s history, the Ranger will be equipped with tons of advanced safety technology. For example, you get standard Automatic Emergency Braking. LARIAT and XLT models get standard Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Reverse Sensing and BLIS with trailer coverage. LARIAT Rangers also get Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.
When fully equipped, the Ranger is handily one of the most advanced vehicles on the road, empowering its drivers with unparalleled peace of mind. However, for many, driving a pickup isn’t about feeling safe and secure, or even about utilitarian hauling.

Ranger Raptor

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Ranger’s reintroduction to the North American lineup is the possibility of a Ranger Raptor. The F-150 has been wearing a Raptor badge since 2009, turning a rugged truck into a rabid off-road beast. Next year, Ford is introducing the Ranger Raptor to oversea markets. Ford has kept its specifications under wraps, but you can them subject the prototype to some abuse in the video below.

 

One of the only criticisms that can be directed toward the F-150 Raptor is its prohibitive price. In Canada, it carries an MSRP of $68,899, but it often retails for much more. If the Ranger Raptor makes its way to North America, it could offer much of the same off-road swagger (arguably more, given its increased agility) without necessitating a second mortgage on your home.

Are you excited for the return of the 2019 Ford Ranger? Is it too big, too expensive, too late?