Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Ford Ranger photographed in the wild - and its colors are revealed

Ford Ranger photographed in the wild - and its colors are revealed

Rolling out of an assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, 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.

Inside, the steering wheel and shifter have been redesigned from foreign-market models.

It's absence has been felt by fans in the USA, while sales of other manufacturers' mid-sized trucks, such as the Chevy Colorado, forced Ford into rethink.

Ford has unveiled the 2019 Ford Ranger, which is finally coming back to the U.S. With the success of the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and even the upcoming new Nissan Frontier, Ford has finally made a decision to re-enter the midsize truck segment with a new Ranger. While the meaning of that is muddy, it appears the worldwide truck has been updated for these shores.

The only engine offered for the North American Ranger will be a 2.3-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder with a twin-scroll turbocharger. This twin-scroll turbocharged engine is created to be efficient and durable with a forged-steel crankshaft, connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams. Following the success of GM's reborn Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, Ford now expects that buyers of the new Ranger won't be a traditional F-Series customer. Ford says that will give the truck the power of a V6 engine with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. It features a fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame with new hardware and six high-strength crossmembers.

As its name suggests, the latter package targets users who often take their trucks off-road, adding features such as protective skid plates, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, upgraded tires, as well as off-road-tuned shocks and suspension. The trucks will have SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations - which means the new Ranger will have an available four-door configuration. Ford hasn't shared the bed length. Three trim levels - XL, XLT and Lariat - will be offered when the Ranger goes on sale in early 2019, each available with Ford's FX4 Off-Road Package. It has a terrain management system that automatically adjusts the transmission and vehicle controls for driving in snow, mud or sand. Trail Control will allow the driver to set and maintain a low vehicle speed (1-20 mph) while traveling through less-than flawless trails on the way to the next adventure. The five-seater features waterproof under-seat storage bins. There's a Ford Sync 3-based touchscreen that's up to 8-inches in size. Buyers will be able to connect to a 4G LTE link that will provide in-vehicle wi-fi for up to 10 devices through FordPass Connect, and choose a premium Bang & Olufsen Play audio system. It does get available LED headlights and taillights, though. XLT and Lariat models will get active lane control, lane departure warning, rear park assist, and blind-spot monitors that also cover the trailer the Ranger might be towing. Options will include blind spot monitoring, lane assistance and adaptive cruise control.

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