DETROIT — “The Ford Ranger is back in 2019 after the last 2011 Ranger was sold,” says Brian Bell, Marketing Manager/Ford Ranger. He told me that this is in the mid-size truck segment this time and it’s rolling out in dealerships right now.
“There are three series of Rangers: XL, XLT and the Lariat. This particular Ranger is a Lariat with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost tied to our 10-speed transmission. It is a four-cylinder with 270-ton horsepower. This vehicle gets up to 26 mpg on the highway; while the four-wheel-drive gets 24 mpg,” says Bell.
The truck tows 7,500 pounds and the payload holds 1,860 pounds. The extended cab is standard and the crew cab is an option. There are three trim appearances: base, sport and chrome.
“The optional road package is the off-road. You can set the terrain which adjusts all settings on the truck to manage snow or whatever you choose. This FX4 package costs $1,600.”
The Lariat includes lane keep assistance, adaptive cruise control system, 8″ touch screen with Sync, heated seats, push button start, blind spot monitoring, big back seat with underseat storage, plenty of the tie downs in the bed and heated exterior mirrors.
There are no plans to make this truck in hybrid or electric.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will be manufactured at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. The factory will also produce the 2020 Ford Bronco SUV.
“The Ranger’s pricing starts at $25,000 and the Lariat starts at mid $30’s,” says Bell.
You can see the 2019 Ford Ranger at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It opens to the public on Saturday, January 19.
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