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Ford Ranger Returns To America With A Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine

14 January 2018

The prototype models resembled baby F-150s and Ford was transparent regarding the inspiration for this North American-market Ranger.

The Detroit auto show will be packed with new pickups this year including the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2019 Ram 1500. It will play catch-up to Chevy and GMC which have capitalized on a revived small-pickup market with their successful Colorado and Canyon models.

An worldwide version of the Ranger was actually born in 2009, before the previous model breathed its last breathe. Ford pulled the Ranger from the USA market seven years ago so the company could focus on its full-size F-Series pickup. Whether or not there's a major improvement over the fuel mileage of EcoBoost- and diesel-powered aluminum F-150s, the new Ranger provides an easier entry point for-Ford hopes-younger buyers.

Ford has continued selling the Ranger overseas; it's the best-selling pickup in Europe and New Zealand.

"Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans", said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. Ranger appears to be sharing most of its exterior with the global model, but the front clip design does offer a unique twist that ties the truck to the 2018 F-150.

The company said at last year's North American International Auto Show that there's enormous consumer demand for the truck. Automakers sold 448,000 midsize pickups in the U.S.in 2016; that's forecast to grow to 470,000 in 2019, according to the consulting company IHS Markit.

Rolling out of an assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, the new Ranger is based on an architecture Ford developed for sale around the world, but engineers say every piece of the USA version's frame is new.

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At long last, the Ford Ranger returns to the US market.

Affordability was also an issue, says Todd Eckert, Ford's truck marketing manager.

The Ranger will be available in three different trim levels- XL, XLT, and Lariat- in ascending order of price and included features. Mud/ruts carries with it the throttle numbing, while also throwing the drivetrain into 4-Hi for truck stuff. Engineers say that the Ranger has been tested to the same durability standards as the F-Series trucks. The truck has a steel frame and steel bumpers. The truck was designed with an athletic look in mind, which truck buyers favor. A rugged steel bumper with an available integrated trailer hitch receiver helps make towing campers, ATVs or watercraft a breeze. The FX4 off road package will offer upgraded tires, a steel front bash plate, reinforced, frame-mounted skid plates underneath to protect vital drivetrain components, off road tuned shocks, and the previously mentioned E-locking DANA rear differential.

This package includes Ford's Terrain Management System, which is similar to what's found in the F-150 Raptor. Automatic Emergency Braking is standard, while lane keeping assistance and departure warnings, a reverse sensing system, and blind-spot warnings with trailer coverage are standard once you get to XLT and Lariat trim. There are numerous optional driver-assist features, too. FordPass Connect will give the Ranger Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, ensuring that new adventurous owners can post their adventurous lifestyles to their favorite social media outlets, making the rest of our life feel uninteresting and void of Ranger-worthy adventure. The center stack includes an 8-inch touch-screen system.

Ford will build Rangers with two cabs and 5- or 6-foot boxes.

Production begins late this year at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks. This year, it will replace the Focus and the C-Max there.

Ford Ranger Returns To America With A Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine