The nameplate of the Ford Ranger returns to the United States after an absence of eight years. Once again, Ford has a credible entry into the burgeoning truck market with a powerful turbocharged engine and extended safety technology. The ability to tow 7,500 pounds or take 1,800 pounds of freight means you do not always need a Ford F-150.
Although the 2019 Ranger is new in the United States and Canada, it has been present on the world markets since 2011. The Ranger's cockpit has not aged well and some technologies have passed their sell-by date.
Only in the world of pickup trucks, a vehicle can measure 211 inches long and be described as a medium-sized vehicle. The Ford Explorer 2020 at 199 inches is at the top of what is considered an intermediate SUV. The Ranger is a two-row pickup. The SuperCab version offers a comfortable cargo space for the legs at the back of a six-foot cargo bed, while the more expensive variant of the SuperCrew (you have to choose one or the other). other) gets a passable rear seat, but the bed is only five feet long (44.8 inches wide on the inside). which means that 4 × 8 plywood or drywall will not stay flat). Which is a shame because the Ranger carries between 1,560 and 1,860 pounds of freight.
The Ranger I tested was a superior 4 × 4 Ranger Lariat, featuring the SuperCrew configuration (larger cab, smaller cargo area) and off-road configuration, for an amount under 45 $ 000. But the least expensive Ranger XL at $ 25,395 has the same powerful turbo-four engine coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission providing 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is a lot for something with only 2,3 liters of displacement. This is why the basic price of the Ranger is higher than that of the competition: every Ranger built has the right engine.
These cheaper Rangers come with the Ford Sync version that dates from the introduction of Ke $ ha. It has a 4.3 inch screen. Upgrade to Lariat and get Sync 3, one of the best infotainment interfaces available, with a simpler interface and larger fonts. One of Sync 3's signature tricks is the large ring and number inside indicating the volume or temperature you set. The darkest part of the ring indicates the fraction of volume or maximum temperature reached.
As standard equipment, Ford provides Telematics, Sync Connect and a Wi-Fi access point serving the cabin and at a distance of about 20 meters from the truck. On a construction site, until the accessory turns off (about 20 minutes, then go back and press the ACC button again), you can get Internet access for a tablet and the car's antenna emits a stronger signal than that of your phone.
The Ranger offers Ford Co-Pilot360 technology: Blind Spot Detection (Ford Blind Spot Information System) with Truck and Trailer Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, Pre-Collision Warning and Braking automatic emergency. This is a $ 735 option on the XL input that also includes front and rear detection and a 150-watt power outlet.
It's been months since I did not test a 2019 or 2020 vehicle whose Adaptive Cruise Control was not fully self-sufficient, which means it did not take you to the ### ### ### ##################################################################### 39, stop completely, then resume speed. The Ranger ACC stops at 10 mph, making the function useless in traffic jams.
The old dashboard has a mechanical speedometer with a 4-inch LCD screen on each side. Having the fuel gauge next to the ACC's next distance information, the two vertical stripes, was difficult for the eyes.
Also missing is Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a clever button that explains how to get the truck back in the desired direction without getting into the wallet.
The 2019 Ford Ranger is new to the US market but otherwise it is an eight year old vehicle. The ride is usually mild, perhaps too soft for some. The opposite may be the case if you order the $ 1,295 FX4 off-road package: daily driving will be too hard for others and it does not have the merit of the off-road version of the Raptor version of the F-150 .
The XL Ranger entry is limited in features such as cruise control (no adaptive cruise control) or power door locks, although you can add them in a set of options. You will want that and the Co-Pilot360 package.
The midrange XLT Ranger costs $ 32,290, shipping costs of $ 1,195 included. The Lariat Ranger costs $ 33,585 and includes the Sync 3 standard. On the three cut lines, the SuperCrew adds $ 2,400 to the price. Four-wheel drive vehicles add $ 4,000, more than double what you pay for SUVs from two to four-wheel drive. The SuperCab is too comfortable for adults, so SuperCrew is probably the Ranger you want.
The 2019 Ranger makes more sense if you are buying a truck and not a family car and if you do not need an adaptive cruise control. If you are thinking of towing, you need the towing package of $ 495 to get a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. When you do not tow, you'll get decent mileage: 21 mpg City / 26 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive, 20/24 with four-wheel drive. For a pickup, these are exceptional. Colorado with its optional turbo diesel engine: 20 cities / 30 routes.
In terms of competition, the Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma and the new Gladiator Jeep are all strong competitors with more contemporary interiors. The full-size F-150 is more comprehensive than the Ranger and is also the best-selling vehicle in the United States (over 800,000 in 2018). The Ranger can be a medium-sized pick-up suitable, even against the F-150, if you tow heavy loads or carry a bed of heavy equipment; just not extraordinarily heavy loads / materials. This is ideal for pick-up owners and there is no silt motor in the base pad to keep the price down. Buy simply knowing that you are getting a pickup capable with a technology backtracking. Ford will need a new Ranger over the next two years to be competitive.
Ford Tuesday spent very little money, about 1% of the company's total value, to buy Rivian, a promising developer of electric vans and luxury SUVs based in Michigan. This gives Ford instant credibility – at least more than it was recently – in the upper reaches of the Tesla electric vehicle. Rivian, alone, was pulling out his new vehicles at the end of 2020.
The $ 500 million buyout gives Ford the right to use the Rivian chassis to create a new Ford vehicle. Ford was one of the first proponents of electrification, but it has not kept pace with competitors in pure electric vehicles or in plug-in hybrids that consume electricity before 10 to 50 miles before the combustion engine. Amazon has already invested $ 700 million in Rivian. The Ford deal comes just after talks between GM and Rivian stop; GM wanted a monogamous relationship and Rivian has other projects.
Even before the Ford-Rivian connection, Ford had announced its intention to electrify the Ford F-150 pickup truck, the best-selling vehicle in the United States (over 800,000 sales last year). At an investor meeting after the Detroit auto show in January, Ford's vice president of sales and marketing, Jim Farley, said, "We're going to electrify the Electric and hybrid batteries of the F-series. " (And continue to build F-150 petrol and diesel.) The new Ford electric vehicle, unspecified, will pick up the design of the Rivian skateboard, ie the drivetrain and batteries resting. on a low module; then the cockpit goes to that. Ford will design and produce the vehicle.
In addition, Rivian used the F-150 truck chassis as the first development mules to test batteries and engines. This seems to be outside of what Ford will do to electrify the F-150.
Rivian is considered by American builders as a "normal" company. Founded in 2009, the company is headquartered in Michigan and headquartered in Plymouth. Many of his employees have worked at the Big Three Builders, including people who know how to run a production line is supposed to be running – regardless of its founder, RJ Scaringe grew up in Florida and went to Rensselaer and MIT rather than in Michigan or Purdue. Rivian also has operations in Irvine and San Jose, California, at Normal, IL (production site).
Since last year, Rivian presents the concepts of its two original products: the R1T "electric adventure" pickup truck and the seven-passenger R1S SUV. They are life-size vehicles. Depending on the size of the battery, they can travel up to 400 km. This is important because a pickup truck is more of a suburban or rural vehicle, driven away from public charging stations.
The current involvement of Ford Motor Company in the electrification – if you measure the number of vehicles available for sale – is moderate in 2019. Only three of the 43 electric vehicles or PHEV models sold last year were Ford. The new mid-size Lincoln Aviator SUV, 2020, will receive a hybrid plug-in version, although it is not listed in the company's current worksheets to order. The compact Ford Escape SUV and its brother Lincoln Corsair will offer variants of plug-in. Ford is also building a hybrid Ford Fusion, although the Fusion is losing production. One of Ford's big problems lies in the very good sedans, especially the Fusion, that buyers do not buy. GM has the same problem. Both go beyond the problem by selling more than half a million vans a year.
Ford found a middle ground to work with Rivian while GM could not. Rivian intends to be both a developer of its own vehicles and a technology supplier to other automakers. For years, Porsche has earned more money by doing design and consulting work for third parties. The Rivian rules for an agreement were twofold: do not compete directly with the vehicles we are developing (six d & # 39; here 2025, says Rivian) and do not tell us that we can only do business with you. GM wanted monogamy and walked. Ford has reached an agreement.
The big challenge for Ford – as for all automakers – is the current demand for electrified trucks. Rounded to the nearest whole, it's zero.
This could well change with rising fuel prices, a long-term shortage of hydrocarbons or, more likely, growing concern about climate change. Selling electrified SUVs is less tedious. And the same goes for hybrid plug-in microphones and SUVs. EV purists make fun of plug-in hybrids. But in the meantime, until there are more than 200,000 electric vehicle chargers in the country, plug-ins also make sense. Rivian can help with the EV part. Ford will have to do the PHEV game alone.