During the entire time Ford continued selling the Ranger in markets outside the U.S. Ford announced that a revised version of the pickup, the one being sold overseas, would return to the U.S. lineup of vehicles as the 2019 Ford Ranger.
The automaker has just unveiled the 2019 model at the Detroit Auto Show.
The new Ranger brings Ford back to a midsize pickup market that it abandoned in the U.S.in 2011. "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".
An optional extra for the new auto includes the F-150 FX4 Off-Road package which allows power or the brakes to be sent to each wheel while off-roading.
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America's Michigan-built ute brings the blue oval a new midsize truck competitor to a segment that's grown by 83 per over the last three years and now cornered by the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon twins. In this case, the sole engine that will be offered is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which can only be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. SuperCab and SuperCrew will be the only cabin options - each seating five - and even the entry-spec 2019 Ranger XL is expected to be pretty well equipped. Now, in the metal, we can see the results of this new, midsize truck, and it's shaping up to be something pretty special. It has been modified to pass USA safety standards and suit customer preferences.
The FX4 trim will feature all-terrain tires, shocks tuned for off-road, frame mounted skid plates, a heavy-duty frame mounted steel front bash plate, and the FX4 badge.
Ford states fuel-consumption concerns and America's distate for diesel following the Volkswagen emission scandal as reason for its smaller and exclusive engine offering. The Lariat will also be available with optional Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. With a turbo-4 and a 10-speed, you can bet that fuel economy will also be at or near the top of the class. It is available as FX2 with two-wheel drive or FX4 with four-wheel drive.
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