Ford has unveiled the new version of its mid-sized pick-up truck, the iconic Ford Ranger.
The 2019 Ranger will be the first new edition to arrive in the US since 2011.
It’s absence has been felt by fans in the US, while sales of other manufacturers’ mid-sized trucks, such as the Chevy Colorado, forced Ford into rethink.
Ironically, the Ranger has been excelling around the world. It’s the second best-selling pick-up in Europe, for example.
The announcement comes ahead of the Detroit Auto Show, which starts tomorrow, and a year after Ford announced the Ranger would be returning to North America.
The rough-and-tumble truck features plenty of tech tidbits too. There’s a Ford Sync 3-based touchscreen that’s up to 8-inches in size.
CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa come as standard, while it’ll also offer a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. There’s also an optional B&O Play sound system.
Ford is adding a rear-view camera as standard, while automatic emergency braking is included. Options will include blind spot monitoring, lane assistance and adaptive cruise control.
It’ll sit below the Ford F-150, the market-leading full-size truck, with Ford hoping to attract legacy Ranger owners.
Americans will be happy to know this isn’t simply a transplant of the European Ranger, but has been designed specifically for US market. It has a new full boxed frame, which includes a new study mounting location for the steel bumpers.
Ford isn’t revealing output numbers yet, but the new ranger will have a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine with a ten-speed transmission. There are also two four-wheel drive modes, while the truck is available in SuberCab and SuperCrew configurations.
It’ll go on sale in early 2019, with pricing to be confirmed.
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