Ford shows new Ranger midsize pickup

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Ford Motor expected to roll out an all-new Ranger pickup Sunday at the Detroit auto show. Ford stopped making the Ranger model in 2011 and threw all its truck resources into its popular Ford F-150. “The all-new Ranger is designed for todays midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.”.

Rolling out of an assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., 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. Similar versions are used in the Ford Mustang and Focus RS. Horsepower and torque figures have not been provided for the 2019 Ranger.

Powering the new vehicle will be a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine which will be paired with a 10-speed auto transmission. The 2019 Ford Ranger will come in either SuperCab or the larger SuperCrew cab. Ford isn't yet releasing pricing, but it will be competitive with other midsize trucks.

The first-ever diesel engine offered for the F-150 comes as a 3.0-liter Powerstroke with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The more off-road friendly FX4 Off Road pack will kit the Ranger with specialist shock absorbers, all-terrain tyres, a front bash plate, and frame-mounted skid plates.

Ford states fuel-consumption concerns as reason for its smaller and exclusive engine offering.

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The Ranger also gains Land Rover-like off-road settings that allows the driver to look out the window and match the terrain to any one of four settings: grass, gravel and snow, mud and ruts, and sand. The FX4 package will come with standard automatic emergency braking.

Running gear will include shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, a locking electronic differential and Dana axles. Options will include blind spot monitoring, lane assistance 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. Otherwise, the car's interior will get Ford's latest Sync 3 systems which get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.

Inside, the cabin appears fairly unchanged, with the same 8.0-inch Sync3 infotainment and dual-digital TFT driver instrument panel shown, but Amazon's Alexa personal assistant and 4G LTE for 10-spot WiFi will be offered in USA models.

The site also reveals the available colors for the Ford Ranger.

Newer versions of the truck are sold in roughly 180 markets around the world.