Well now, here’s a name many may have not heard for a while - Ford Ranger. Ringing any bells? For those of you who are fans of the auto brand, you may remember the Ford Ranger. The name was used on three Ford automobile models during its lifespan, but it became most well-known as a compact pickup truck sold in North America. The Ford Ranger truck lasted for 29 years in production before sales in North America were proving to be very unrewarding. The line was pulled and moved overseas, where to this day, the Ranger pickup truck is still going strong. Now, for the upcoming 2019 model year, Ford is releasing a reinvented Ranger, known as the Ford Ranger T6.
For the 2019 model year, there will be three-to-four models. It’s unclear, as Ford lists only three models on the overview page, but on the same page displays a video showing off the three models with various trims (base, chrome, and sport), and also momentarily shows a fourth model, the SXT. That’s in addition to the 2019 Ford Ranger T6 XL, XLT, and Lariat.
Nevertheless, as always, a Ford truck is said to be “Built Ford Tough” with the DNA that’s been developed and tested for their lineup. Every truck shares a heritage of toughness, durability and capability derived from over 100 years of Ford Trucks. Not surprising when Ford trucks have been number one for four decades.
Being that the Detroit Auto Show is the place to be in January, Ford decided to debut the new 2019 Ford Ranger T6 there. People were given a look at the powertrain, the modern technology amenities, and more. Here’s what we know thus far about the beast.
For one thing, a single engine will be powering all versions of the new Ford Ranger model. A 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine with Auto Start-Stop technology lies under the hood. Turbocharged and designed with gasoline direct injection, this engine has been optimized for total performance. The power specs have yet to be released, but the same engine can be found in the Ford Explorer SUV, and it produces 280 horsepower, so we’re thinking somewhere in that ballpark.
Along with the three (or four) trim levels, there will also be two cab configurations available for seating capacity and cargo space. For 2019, the choices are a SuperCab extended cab and a SuperCrew crew cab. In addition to the different appearance packages, chrome for flashy looks or sport for rugged style, there will also an a FX off-road package to transform the Ranger T6 into a contender for other off-road vehicles. With vehicles like Jeep and the Land Rover leading that class, and the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck having released its own off-road package, Ford will have to match up to stay in the lead.
For those looking into the 2019 Ford Ranger T6 for off-road fun, then they will welcome the addition of skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned suspension, and Terrain Management System and Trail Control system included in the package. Those last two systems are especially helpful, with the former allowing drivers to select from four traction modes, and the latter being a form of cruise control that manages low-speed acceleration and braking on trails. With an all-steel frame, steel bumpers, an independent front suspension, and solid rear axles, the Ranger T6 puts an emphasis on its off-road durability.
Then there’s of course all the modern tech. Can’t bring back a seven-year-old truck and not put in the Ford SYNC infotainment system (SYNC 3 on high-tier trims), along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The Ranger T6 will also feature connectivity to the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant if the driver owns one and has their vehicle and Alexa connected, and navigation capability. To bring it fully into the digital age, Ford is also making Mobile 4G LTE WiFi available as well.
If looking for what kind of safety features will be included with the new rendition of the Ford Ranger truck, rest assured that it will come with all the basics and plenty of advanced automatic safety systems. Automatic emergency braking is a lineup standard, whereas lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, rear park assist, blind spot warning, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control are all offered as available options.
The 2019 Ford Ranger T6 sure is shaping up for the competition. What do you think? Let us know on the NowCar Facebook page.