Ford launches new Ranger bakkie

Otis Hoffman
January 16, 2018

At the North American International Auto Show the updated pickup truck was on display alongside the new Ford Edge ST.

The automaker is set to unveil the new North American version of the Ranger Sunday ahead of the Detroit auto show. MacLeod used to drive an F-150 and now he drives a GMC Yukon SUV, but he prefers Ford trucks and will buy a Ranger if he likes what he sees. "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". "We definitely didn't want it to look like a small F-150", he said. What we do know is that we are at the falling-in-love stage of the marketing push, so Ford has rolled out its consumer site for the truck with photos of young, active, happy people doing young, active, happy outdoorsy things in their 2019 Ford Rangers.

The Ford Ranger will be powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

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It will come in three trim levels: XL, XLT and Lariat.

"Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans", added Thai-Tang. But its frame is reinforced with steel to meet USA safety standards and it has steel bumpers. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford isn't yet revealing price, fuel economy or other details. It has a terrain management system that automatically adjusts the transmission and vehicle controls for driving in snow, mud or sand. For off-road chops the rear- and four-wheel-drive models both feature Dana Trac-Lok differentials, and an electrically locking rear diff is available as an option or standard on the FX2 and FX4 trims.

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The OEM noted that the Ranger will incorporate a range of driver-assist, passenger convenience, and connectivity technologies.

On the inside, you'll find a modern cockpit (and a significant upgrade from what was available in the last Ranger) complete with Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system.

Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System, and a Blind Spot Information System are also available on certain models. Pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control are standard on Lariat. 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.

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Our big question is whether, as with the "other" Ranger, there'll be a Ranger Raptor version for the US.

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