Everything You Need to Know About the Long-Awaited 2019 Ford Ranger

When Ford decided to cease production of the Ranger nearly a decade ago, drivers everywhere were hugely disappointed. Ford Ranger owners and fans lamented the loss of their favorite truck, and a strong fan base grew – along with the movement to get Ford to bring back the popular model. For years, though, Ford ignored its customers, offering different trucks and new models meant to replace the Ranger.

However, Ford has finally changed its mind. The Ranger’s return was announced in 2017, and drivers can’t wait. Scheduled for release in late 2018, the 2019 Ford Ranger already has people on the edge of their seats.

If you’ve been waiting for the Ford Ranger to hit the road once again, you’ll love the revamped 2019 model. Though fans still have to wait for the truck’s final unveiling, Ford has released some big details. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger.

Improved Performance and a New Engine

Though the previous Ford Ranger model was beloved by many, it delivered a so-so performance in comparison to today’s newest trucks. The next-generation Ranger promises to be a major improvement, adding the latest innovations in truck engines and efficiency. It’ll come standard with Ford’s popular 2.3-liter, turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Although the engine’s official output has yet to be revealed, rumors suggest it could develop upwards of 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. This will help ensure effortless towing and especially strong acceleration. Meanwhile, a 10-speed automatic transmission aids fuel efficiency.

A Smoother Drive

Can’t wait to make your daily commute more exciting behind the wheel of the 2019 Ranger? Ford has focused on making this pickup one of the best-handling trucks available. The combination of a double-wishbone suspension and monotube shocks will provide an incredibly smooth ride on city streets. The previously mentioned EcoBoost engine will increase the Ranger’s fuel efficiency as well, making it far more affordable to drive every day.

If you plan to travel off the beaten path, the new Ranger has you covered as well. The optional FX4 off-road package outfits the pickup with quite a few rugged enhancements, including frame-bolted skid plates and a suspension that’s specially tuned to handle rough terrain. Engineered to automatically control your throttle and braking at low speeds, Trail Control technology gives you even more confidence when taking off-road excursions.

A High-Tech Interior Packed with Safety

The last time the Ranger was available, auto technology like GPS and heated seats was just unveiled. In the years since then, the included technology has become even more incredible – and drivers can expect the 2019 Ranger to include entirely new features. Some highlights of the upcoming available features are Ford’s high-resolution Sync 3 infotainment system, one of the best interfaces on the market, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which give you full access to your smartphone’s apps, and built-in Wi-Fi. These incredible conveniences are only a few of the high-tech features you’ll find inside the Ranger.

And the Ranger won’t be without the latest in safety, either. The new Ranger will offer a plethora of modern safety innovations. Even when you’re pulling a trailer, Ford’s blind-spot monitoring system can detect oncoming vehicles in the next lane. Some of the other advanced safety features drivers can expect include lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

An All New Raptor Option

Of course, the 2019 Ranger is exciting – but for some drivers, it simply isn’t big enough. Ford has you covered. In addition to releasing a revamped Ranger, the automaker has also announced the creation of a new Ranger Raptor. Based on concept’s pictures, the Ranger Raptor looks as menacing as the F-150 Raptor. Hulking fenders and a blacked-out grille give it an extra intimidation factor. Although the Raptor model will offer a similar number of interior features as the regular Ranger, it’s a far more capable off-road machine and much bigger in size.

While the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor is scheduled to hit Asian markets later this year, hardcore adventure seekers will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on it in America. Unlike the diesel-powered Ranger Raptor that’ll be released overseas, U.S. models will likely come equipped with a turbocharged V6 engine. Meanwhile, Fox Racing Shox suspension dampers and a six-mode Terrain Management System aid its ability to tackle Mother Nature’s toughest environments.

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