New and improved Ford Ranger unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Ford pulled the covers off its United States market Ranger on Sunday, a day ahead of the Detroit Motor Show. Ford, which introduced the Ranger at the Detroit auto show, will offer only one engine option: a 2.3-liter EcoBoost mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. In addition, Ford thought guessed that most truck buyers would just spend a few thousand dollars more and step into a larger F-150. "The all-new Ranger is designed for today's midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends". The 2019 Ford Ranger has yet to have a specific release date, but fans are expecting more information in the coming months.

It will come in three trim levels: XL, XLT and Lariat. But to meet US safety standards and customer expectations, the frame was reinforced with high-strength steel. Generally speaking, transmissions with more gear ratios are more efficient because they allow the engine to spend more time operating with its most efficient speed range.

Ford also offers customers an FX4 Off-Road Package with the Ranger, which provides off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates, and FX4 badging. It also has a Terrain Management System featuring five driving modes: Normal; Grass; Sand; Gravel and Snow; and Mud and Ruts. Ford says that will give the truck the power of a V6 engine with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder.

The FX4 Off-Road Package introduces Fords all-new Trail Control technology.

The models also autonomous emergency braking for the first time in its class as well as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and automatic high beams. Other driver-assist features will also be available.

Inside, the Ranger is pretty civilized, offering leather upholstery, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen that hosts the Sync 3 infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Ranger will be available in both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel- drive configurations. Optional features include things such as 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot, 115-volt power outlets, a B&O Play sound system, navigation, along with LED head- and taillights, depending on the models.

The Isuzu D-Max's 3.0-litre turbo diesel - an engine shared with an Isuzu truck - remains the biggest capacity four-cylinder diesel in the ute category ahead of Toyota and Holden (2.8 turbo diesel), Mitsubishi (2.4 turbo diesel) and Nissan (2.3 turbo diesel).

  • Kara Saunders