The 2019 Ford Ranger has been caught testing at several locations in recent months. The spy shots have also been put on the web. It seems that the new model will have minor styling changes along with bigger changes under the hood and inside the cabin.
The Ford has used the name Ranger to sell three different types of vehicles but now the Ranger sold by the US car giant refers to a solid mid level pickup truck. This model has been in production since 1998 and over the years Ford has updated it to cope with offerings from rivals like Honda and Nissan.
2019 Ford Ranger – Design and Features
The camouflage of 2019 Ford Ranger fails to hide the design changes, as it is. Contrary to the rumors doing the rounds that it will have the similar design to upcoming Ford Bronco, the new Ranger will actually look similar to Ford F-150 series. It will be unveiled in trims- XL, XLT, wild track and Limited.
However, the industry veterans say a new trim named Raptor will also be offered by the company. The Raptor variant is designed to lock horns with rivals like Toyota Tacoma TRD and Nissan Titan XD. Overall, the exterior styling is going to be macho and rugged. Exterior color choices will include Pride Orange, Sea Grey, Frozen White etc. The trims will have different grille styling and wheel choices, as it is evident.
The cabin of the 2019 Ford Ranger is likely to be laden with amenities and it will be spacious. However, it is not clear if Ford is going to use any noise cancellation tech or not. It will also have plenty of smart storage options including glove box and center console.
Safety Features and Amenities
Like most trucks in Ford’s lineup, the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger will get oodles of safety features along with amenities.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will be laden with Trailer Sway Control, Electronic Stability Control, and Traction Control System and anti lock braking. All trims are also expected to get Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. The top trim gets advanced safety features which are available as options in the other trims. These are Adaptive Cruise Control, forward collision alert, Lane-Keeping Alert all of which work based on sensors fitted on front and rear side of the vehicle. The driver alert system is helpful in evading collisions and accidents caused by a fatigued driver. There is a rear-view camera as well.
Of late, the Ford has been loading its vehicles with amenities and features that were found earlier only in lavish sedan and crossovers. Once again, it is the top trim that gets laden with the majority of such amenities by default while buyers of other trims get some of these at extra cost.
The 2019 Ford Raptor gets an enhanced version of Sync 3 infotainment setup though the size of touch display varies from one trim to another. The setup is easier than before and supports pinch-and-swipe gestures along with Smartphone integration and wireless Bluetooth streaming. Top trim also gets an integrated sat-nav system and Dab audio.
The amenities like Dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control, Rain-sensing wipers, Automatic headlights, power-foldable mirrors, will be there. It is not known if Ford will offer some packages for select trims.
Under the Hood of the 2019 Ford Ranger
The upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger will be powered by 3.2L TDCi Duratorq diesel engine. It will be paired with the company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox, developed in alliance with GM. The output is not known but both engines will have better fuel efficiency than the ones used in the existing model.
The Raptor trim may be towing 3500 kg. The trims also get Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist feature. Most likely all engines will be laden with Auto-Start-Stop tech to enhance fuel efficacy.
Pricing and Availability
The manufacturer is yet to announce the exact price of the 2019 Ford Ranger range. However, the base trim price may be near $30,000 while the top trim may be priced close to $45,000. It will be released sometime in late 2018, though the exact date is not known.
Summing it up
The 2019 Ford Ranger is a feature packed mid level truck that is getting a revamp, both in styling and performance. The styling, inspired by the company’s popular F-150 lineup is nice and the model may get a new trim for 2019. While details of the power train are not clear, the Ford will put the focus on fuel efficacy. The safety features are good and the top trim gets laden with advanced safety tech, as it is.
The pricing is not known but Ford is not likely to boost it by a huge margin. Overall, the 2019 Ford Ranger is going to be a good value for money proposition for target buyers.