The 2019 Ranger: Return of the Prodigal Son
The 2019 Ranger
Ford has finally unveiled the 2019 Ranger – and it looks awesome. But that’s not exactly a surprise considering Ford has been selling the Ranger overseas. This is good because it means the Ranger won’t have many first-model-year stumbling blocks. But it also means that it’s big. In markets that do not sell the F-150, the Ranger is the biggest truck, so Ford turned it into a large midsize. Does this step on the toes of the F-150? Maybe a little bit. Does it alienate Ranger fanatics who are yearning for a return to the pickups smaller days? Maybe a little bit.
Ford is positioning the Ford Ranger as an adventurous, weekend getaway truck to help you “Leave civilization far behind.” To facilitate that misanthropic aim, Ford is offering the the FX4 package that’s proven immensely popular on the F-150. FX4 equipment includes tons of fun upgrades like off-road tires, front bash plate, uprated off-road suspension, frame-bolted skidplates, and off-road specific driving modes, like Trail Control.
The primary (perhaps only) engine is Ford’s 2.3L turbocharged I-4. Despite having only four cylinders, the engine packs a punch. We haven’t yet tested it in the Ranger, but it’s currently used in the Mustang EcoBoost where it nets 310 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Meanwhile, in the Explorer (a better comparison), the same power plant delivers 280 horsepower.
Needless to say, that’s a good amount of power. After all, most drivers will use their Rangers in the city and won’t be hauling tons of lumber every day. Plus, the power you have on tap will be delivered smoothly and efficiently thanks to the standard 10-speed automatic transmission. Shorter spaces between gears results in more efficient acceleration and better fuel economy.
The Safest Ranger Ever
The 2019 model with be the first Range in North America to feature the very latest advanced safety technology. Impressively, you get standard auto emergency braking which helps you apply full braking power when a forward sensor detects an imminent collision. Ford’s available blind spot monitoring system even includes coverage for your trailer. And there are tons of other available smart safety features to enhance your peace of mind:
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Lane Departure Warning
- Reverse Sensing
- Pedestrian Detection
- Adaptive Cruise Control
But, If I can be honest, people aren’t going to buy the Ranger because it’s safe. They’re going tobuy it because it combines F-150 performance with mid-size convenience – and it looks great. The Ranger will be back in Canadian dealerships starting in early 2019.