Another midsize pickup for the North American consumer. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 15, 2018 2019 Ford Ranger Detroit, MI -- As a 2003 Ranger Pickup owner, I always wondered why Ford walked away from the midsized truck market with its cancellation of the Ranger after the 2011 MY. We can all guess what that was about. If you wanted a Ford truck, the company would be glad to provide with the more profitable full-size F-150 instead. Except one market place item got in the way. That was consumer demand for midsize trucks climbed 83 percent since 2014. Ford completely missed this sales wave here in the U.S. despite having arguably the best midsize pickup in the world in an all-new Ranger that they sold everywhere else but here. This oversight will change in 8 to 10-months as Ford brings back the Ranger with what could prove to be the best midsize truck design and the very latest infotainment and safety technology. At the 2018 North American Auto Show (NAIAS) Ford revealed even more details on its all-new 2019 Ranger with an all-new exterior design, chassis and powertrain, high-strength steel frame, and a proven 2.3L EcoBoost I4 mated to an all-new 10-speed AT. Trims scheduled include the base XL, mid-level XLT, and high-level Lariat with Chrome, Sport, and FX Off-Road packages in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. James Davis, aka "TheStepChild" and CleanMPG Truck editor: 2019 Ford Ranger Exterior The more acute front glass provides a lower noise interior and improved aerodynamics while the short overhangs provide more off-road capability. Optional LED headlamps and taillamps, exterior marker lighting including puddle lamps and lighting for the bed, and Smart Trailer Tow connector are all available. An integrated trailer hitch receiver built into the steel bumper is not new but nice vs. installing a $250 aftermarket frame mounted receiver. 2019 Ford Ranger Interior Inside the center stack includes an 8” touch screen and an optional SYNC 3 system. The instrument cluster features dual LCD screens like the full-sized F-150. 2019 Ford Ranger Drivetrain Under the hood resides a 2.3L EcoBoost with direct injection, twin-scroll turbo, 16-valve head, forged-steel crank and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams. All of that is mated to the 10-speed AT through to a Dana AdvanTEK independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models with an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard on FX2 and FX4) for increased all-terrain traction. Ranger 4WD features 2-high, 4-high and 4-low. Where it may have fallen off the rails. One of the problems with the segment leading Toyota Tacoma is that it is one of the most uncomfortable truck I have ever driven. The reason why is Toyota prioritized ground clearance over a taller passenger cabin and in doing so has forced owners to climb into their truck while their legs are prone instead of a more relaxed sitting position. Appearance and capability at the expense of driver comfort. The Ranger followed the same design although it does have more cabin height, just not much more. The FX4 Off-Road Package includes off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging, Terrain Management System with four distinct on-the-fly selection drive modes including: Normal Grass, gravel and snow Mud and ruts Sand The FX4 Off-Road Package includes a new Trail Control that handles acceleration and while the driver only needs to steer when off-road. 2019 Ford Ranger Safety and Infotainment Ranger incorporates standard Automatic Emergency Braking! Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control is standard on the Lariat trim. Available SYNC 3 features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Ford+Alexa personal assistant and optional navigation. An available FordPass Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Available AC power outlets allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets provide more options for passengers to connect. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience. 2019 Ford Ranger Off-road capable and adventure ready. Production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks.