2019 Ford Ranger The Return Of A Beloved Pickup

The 10-speed automatic transmission employs essentially the same components as that in the F-150 but uses a smaller case to fit the Ranger’s slightly smaller footprint. The Ranger will be available in both two- and four-wheel-drive configurations. The latter has a shift-on-the-fly two-speed transfer case to provide 2 High, 4 High, and 4 Low capability. Dana Trac-Lock differentials reside in the rear axles of both two- and four-wheel-drive versions; an electronically locking rear diff is optional—and standard on the FX4 and FX2 models.

Models and Equipment

The FX2 (two-wheel-drive) and FX4 (four-wheel-drive) off-road versions get the aforementioned E-locker as standard, as well as other goodies including all-terrain tires, dampers tuned for off-road activity, a steel front bash plate, steel skid plates, and, of course, FX badging. Although tuned for more adventurous activities, the FX models have a ride height that remains the same, as Ford engineered the entire Ranger lineup to qualify as “high riders.”

Taking a page from the Raptor playbook, the Ranger FX4 also comes with a Terrain Management System to optimize off-road travel. Consisting of four modes—Normal; Grass, Gravel, and Snow; Mud and Ruts; and Sand—it alters throttle response, transmission shift points, and traction and stability control. A new Trail Control system offers cruise-control-like convenience for low-speed and off-road driving by taking over braking and acceleration functions to maintain a set speed. It’s capable of meting out torque and braking to each individual wheel to allow the driver to focus on vehicle direction. Additionally, it allows the driver to set a lower travel speed by tapping the brakes until the desired speed is achieved without deactivating the system.

Available in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, the truck has a trim-level hierarchy that will seem familiar to anyone who follows Ford trucks: XL is the entry point, XLT is mid-level, and Lariat is the high-luxe version. Additionally, Chrome and Sport appearance packages will be available. The Ranger will launch with eight exterior color options and eight different wheel designs in 17- and 18-inch sizes. LED headlights and taillamps are on the options list, as are puddle lamps, cargo lighting, and Ford’s Smart Trailer tow connecter that alerts drivers to sketchy trailer-wiring issues.

The interior features room for five, underseat storage in the rear, and dual LCD info screens in the instrument panel. Available Sync 3 brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexa personal-assistant functionality, optional navigation, and an 8.0-inch center touchscreen. 4G LTE connectivity with support for up to 10 devices is optional. Available B&O Play premium audio and AC power outlets are also on the options list. Automated emergency braking is standard across the board. Lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, a reverse-sensing system, and blind-spot warning with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trims, and the Lariat alone gets pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control as standard.

Although Ford is proud of the fact that the Ranger was subjected to—and passed—the same testing regimen as the F-150, the automaker strived to configure it more toward the outdoor enthusiast than hardcore commercial users. Look for the new Ford Ranger to hit showrooms in early 2019.

Source : https://www.yahoo.com/news/2019-ford-ranger-return-beloved-050100553.html

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