While Chevy has the Colorado, Ford needed something just as capable and tough as the F-150, just in a slightly smaller package. As midsize pickups are growing in popularity, Ford announced that it was bringing back the Ranger in the U.S. While the Ford Ranger has been offered internationally for some time, the midsize truck hasn’t been available for purchase in the U.S. since 2011. Most would agree that the Ranger is exactly what has been missing from Ford’s truck lineup. With production slated for later this year, the 2019 Ford Ranger is a perfect solution for those consumers who don’t necessarily need a full-size pickup but still need a truck for hauling, towing, or venturing off-road from time to time. Available in the XL, XLT, and Lariat trims, the Ranger will also have a variety of different packages as well.
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2019 Ford Ranger Features
Even though the new Ford Ranger might come in a smaller package than the best-selling F-150, don’t be fooled by its size. Ford has put in the work to make sure that the Ranger is every bit as capable as the F-150 both on and off the road. With enough room to still fit five people comfortably, the new Ranger isn’t lacking in space or functionality. Featuring a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2019 Ford Ranger offers fuel efficiency without sacrificing power. Partnered with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the EcoBoost engine sits under an aggressive-looking power dome hood. With a steel-frame construction and steel bumpers, the new Ford Ranger is every bit as tough as it appears. Wind noise reduction and increased aerodynamics are thanks to the Ranger’s raked windshield and grille.
For those off-roading fanatics who frequent the trails, the Ranger was engineered to tackle any terrain. Not only is the exterior built rugged enough to withstand the great outdoors, but the Ranger will offer several different four-wheel-drive modes, as well as the FX4 Off-Road Package. While the Raptor is the off-roading trim level for the F-150, the FX4 Off-Road Package for the Ranger will utilize a similar Terrain Management System. This package will offer the ability to drive in four different modes including normal, snow and gravel, mud, and sand. What’s really special about this package though is a new technology created by Ford called Trail Control. While most people use cruise control for long highway drives, Trail Control is well, quite obviously, for the trail. When you are off-roading, crawling over rocks and other various obstacles, it can be hard to maintain focus on accelerating at the proper speed while still paying attention to steering. The new Trail Control technology takes all the guesswork out of how slow you should be crawling and when you should be braking, sending to each individual wheel the proper power and braking requirements needed for whatever terrain you may be tackling at any given moment. This lets you focus solely on steering, allowing you to pay more attention to your surroundings. The off-road package also features all-terrain tires, skid plates, off-road-tuned shocks, and a front bush plate. If off-roading is your cup of tea, Ford is also continuing to reach for that market with the 2021 Bronco which will surely make waves as well.
If you don’t off-road frequently and aren’t planning on shelling out the extra cash for the FX4 Off-Road Package, both the two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive Ranger models are equipped with Dana AdvanTEK independent front and solid rear axles, with an optional electronic-locking rear axle. There are also several different four-wheel-drive versions — 2-high, 4-high, and 4-low.
Technology & Safety Features
The new 2019 Ford Ranger won’t be lacking in technology, either. As artificial intelligence and voice control continue to become an integral part of our society, the Ranger will be equipped with Ford+Alexa technology. Whether you have an Apple device or an Android, the new Ford Ranger will be compatible with most devices. Even when you’re out on the trail and off the beaten path, you can connect to Wi-Fi through a FordPass Connect 4G LTE modem. Not only is the Ranger decked out with tech, there are numerous safety features that will keep you protected while you’re driving on the road or traversing down the trail. Blind spot monitors, lane keeping assist, lane departure warnings, and auto emergency braking are just a few of the smart safety features that Ford has included in the new Ranger.
2019 Ford Ranger Colors
The Ford Ranger comes in a variety of colors, including some that can’t be found in the Ford F-150 lineup. Here are all the colors that will be available for the 2019 Ford Ranger:
- Lightning Blue
- Hot Pepper Red
- Absolute Black
- Ingot Silver
- White Platinum
- Oxford White
2019 Ford Ranger Price
Now that we’ve heard all the details on the new 2019 Ford Ranger, let’s address the question that we’ve all been wondering: How much will the new Ford Ranger cost? Nothing official has been released yet when it comes to the cost of the 2019 Ford Ranger, but in comparison to other competing midsize trucks, the base model could range anywhere from $20,000 to upwards of $25,000. For reference, the Chevy Colorado starts at $20,200, the Nissan Frontier at $18,990, and the Toyota Tacoma at $25,200. The 2018 Ford F-150 begins at $27,610, so we can except the Ford Ranger cost to fall somewhere in between those numbers. Not only will the Ford Ranger be affordable, but it will make a great everyday truck as it is smaller, more maneuverable, and every bit as capable as a full-size pickup.
Ranger Raptor In The USA?
While American fans of the F-150 Raptor eagerly await the arrival of its smaller sibling, the Ranger Raptor, it's already available in countries like Australia and the Philippines. Though there are frequent rumors that crop up every now and then, little has been confirmed about when the Ranger Raptor will arrive in the United States, if at all.
Ranger Raptor News - 2020 Ford Transit Van - Geneva Auto Show - March 6th, 2019
There was a small but interesting tidbit of information released at the Geneva Auto Show regarding Ford’s popular Transit van. You might be thinking, “well, what does a commercial-grade van have to do with the Ranger Raptor?”
In addition to granting an AWD option and more safety tech features, the 2020 Ford Transit is adding Ford’s 2.0 liter biturbo diesel engine to the line-up. If that motor sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the one used in the overseas Ranger Raptors that are in production.
This will be the first time the engine will be used on a U.S. spec vehicle, which has people excited about the possibility of the Ranger Raptor being brought stateside sooner rather than later. We’re still hedging our bets on 2021, and it may not even utilize the diesel engine at all. Until then, though the Transit might be a strong option for camping, it’s hardly going to satisfy those waiting for the Ranger Raptor.
Ranger Raptor Spied Testing in Michigan
Even though a U.S. version of the 2019 Ranger Raptor hasn’t been announced yet, it’s been seen in Michigan. Don’t get too excited yet, this still is a right-hand drive model, as Autoblog pointed out, which indicates that its a global model. However, hopefully this means some testing is going on that could lead to its release here in the States. A baby Raptor that can compete with the likes of other small off-roading trucks such as the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro would be a welcome addition to the market. Pricing for the Ranger Raptor in Australia begins at $74,990. Of course, that price in U.S. dollars would be a lot less. Considering the 2018 Tacoma TRD Pro starts at $41,520 and the Chevy Colorado ZR2 has a base price of $40,360, we can probably expect the price to be in that range, given the Ranger Raptor makes its way into the U.S.
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