Eight years after discontinuing its smallest truck offering, Ford is bringing back the Ranger pick-up for the 2019 model year.
While the Ranger name has persisted on Ford trucks in other countries, the last time Ford sold a Ranger in the United States was during the 2011 model year.
In a media release issued Sunday, Ford is quick to tout the new truck’s strengths like its high-strength steel frame and the same sort of heavy-duty testing that the company demands of its larger F-Series trucks.
Powering the truck is the same 2.3-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine that has already been used in several other Ford vehicles. Ford managers say the engine’s torque is similar to that of competing V-6 engines while retaining the efficiency of a four-cylinder.
“When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president for product development and purchasing.
Inside, there’s room for up to five people, an 8-inch center touch screen for audio, climate control and other functions, and the driver’s gauge cluster includes two LCD screens for displaying the truck’s information.
Lots of modern entertainment and connectivity options will be available, like Ford’s SYNC3 system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also the Ford+Alexa personal assistant available, and an optional 4G LTE WiFi hotspot
Among the different trim levels and packages will be the FX4 Off-Road package that includes features like off-road tuned shocks, all-terrain tires and a feature Ford calls Trail Control which lets the truck control speed and braking over rugged terrain while the driver only needs to focus on steering.
Production is expected to start late this year in Michigan with sales starting in early 2019. Prices will be announced closer to the launch date.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.