The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the country for the past 30 years, and the top three selling vehicles for 2017 were full-size pickup trucks (the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram pickups took second and third place).
Ford says that the US Ranger is specific to that market - and though that will certainly hold true of the engines (remember the Americans are not into diesel) and perhaps some of the more advanced technologies, speculation has it that the global model could get similar visual updates quite soon - note the new grille, headlights, bonnet and taillights.
There appear to be just mild titivations to the Ranger we get in the United Kingdom, but the big change is the 2.3 litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine under the bonnet, instead of the UK's diesel option, complete with 10-speed auto.
"Ranger's proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder", said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. "The new Ranger is designed for today's mid-size truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends". There will also be Chrome and Sport appearance packages to tailor the look of the Ranger as well as FX off-road packages for those with serious off-road intentions.More news: Hawaii panics after inbound missile alert goes off in error
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It looks very much like the same Ford Ranger that has been on-sale in Europe and other foreign markets in that interim.
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An electronic Terrain Management System adjusts the drivetrain to any type of surface or condition. This system can be changed on the fly, so there's no need to stop the action to adjust to the terrain. As on the Raptor, each mode will optimize the throttle mapping, transmission shift schedule, traction control, etc.to maximize performance on a variety of terrain types. Where it differs from a cruise control is that pressing the brake while it's activated doesn't deactivate it but rather, brings the cruise speed down to whatever the driver slows to. 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. Four-wheel-drive models will come with low-range gearing.
Inside, passengers get an 8.0-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system, while driver gets dual LCD displays for the real-time vehicle, navigation, and audio information. The Ford+Alexa personal assistant and 4G LTE modem with WiFi access for up to 10 devices is also optional. The Ranger XLT and Lariat trims will come standard with lane departure warning and lane-keep assist. Think of this as cruise-control blended with a hill-descent control system.
After seven years of absence, the Ranger will make a comeback to North America in early 2019 with an all-new body (not that new for European and Asian customers, though), high-strength steel frame backbone, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and 10-speed automatic transmission.