Ford has revealed the North American Ranger, which is able to start manufacturing in Michigan overdue this 12 months to capitalise on huge call for for so-called ‘midsize trucks’ — a phase up in that area by means of 83 consistent with cent since 2014.
The Americanised model of Australia’s 2nd top-selling automobile — a automobile which used to be designed and evolved in Victoria for the sector — is alleged to had been put thru the similar torture trying out as its F-150 large brother. We’re certain the Melbourne workforce did an identical years in the past…
More apparently for us, this US-made Ranger previews what the up to date T6 Thai-made model, that we’re to get, will appear to be, forward of what we predict to be its Australian on-sale date round September of 2018.
Mechanically, regardless that, the MY19 Ranger you notice right here is particular to the United States marketplace, most glaringly confirmed by means of the loss of a diesel.
It reputedly makes use of a 2.Three-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine shared largely with the Mustang and Focus RS, with some toughening and tuning tweaks. This engine is mated to a 10-speed automated transmission.
“Ranger’s proven 2.3-litre EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” the corporate reckons.
The 16V engine has direct gas injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger, plus forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven twin overhead cams.
Ford is selling the Ranger’s “high-strength steel frame backbone” and “frame-mounted steel front and rear bumpers” as key options of its Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado rival. Ditto the double-wishbone entrance suspension.
Stylistic differentiators come with the so-called ‘power domes’ at the bonnet, the stamped Ranger emblem at the tailgate and the other alloy wheel design. Expect the MY18/19 Ranger for Australia to in large part echo this, we’d wager.
There’s additionally a sliding rear window just like the Nissan Navara’s, plus that metallic bumper has an built-in trailer hitch receiver.
There aren’t many surprises within. The centre stack contains the acquainted eight.Zero-inch touchscreen with Sync Three, whilst the XLT/Wildtrak’s twin LCD tools also are there.
Feature-wise, AEB is usual, whilst lane help and blind-spot tracking are to be had on upper XLT and Lariat grades. The latter additionally will get pedestrian coverage and adaptive cruise management.
Options come with the Ford+ Alexa non-public assistant, a 4G LTE modem offering Wi-Fi get admission to for as much as 10 gadgets, LED headlights, puddle lamps and lights for the shipment mattress, and a ‘Smart Trailer Tow’ connector that’s meant to alert drivers to inaccurate trailer connections.
Finally, the ‘FX4 Off-Road Package’ provides off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tyres, a frame-mounted metallic entrance bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates, the Terrain Management System used at the F-150 Raptor, and a Trail Control off-road cruise control-type gadget.
The US Ranger is available in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trim sequence with to be had Chrome and Sport look and FX Off-Road applications, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.
As we stated, a Ranger replace will seem in Australia round September this 12 months, regardless that the corporate’s native arm isn’t announcing a lot. Separate to this we’ll additionally see the Ranger Raptor arriving as a halo.
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2019 Ford Ranger revealed for North America