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2019 Ford Ranger debuts with more power, tech

2019 Ford Ranger debuts with more power, tech image

Marcus De Guzman / Ford Australia | May 18, 2018 17:04

T6 Ford Ranger gets facelift, EcoBlue diesel upgrade, added safety tech

After surprising the motoring world with the 2019 Everest facelift, Ford is pulling out all the stops once more with the reveal of the refreshed T6 Ranger in Australia. It's now packed with more standard equipment and has received subtle exterior updates as well. But perhaps the most important upgrade in the 2019 Ranger lies under the hood.

Like the Ranger Raptor that was launched last February, the 2019 Ranger is now available with the 2.0-liter EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine that generates an impressive 213 PS and a gut-pulling 500 Nm of torque. In addition, the EcoBlue four-cylinder diesel motor is exclusively mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. This new top-of-the-range engine is only available to XLT and Wildtrak variants in Australia.

Ford Australia debuts more powerful, more high-tech 2019 Ranger

The 2.2-liter four-cylinder and 3.2-liter turbo-diesel engines are still available in the 2019 Ranger and comes standard on the XLT and Wildtrak versions. Both engines still deliver 160 PS with 385 Nm and 200 PS with 470 Nm accordingly. Likewise, the transmission options remain as well; a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Apart from the powertrain upgrade, Ford engineers were also busy tweaking the suspension of the 2019 Ranger. With it, Ford claimed that the updated pickup now handles better and has less body roll than before. Also, Ford engineers also made minor adjustments in the Ranger's ride quality and steering to complement the retuned suspension.

In terms of styling, the 2019 Ranger receives a subtle redesign. Up front, the pickup now has a new front grill and a restyled front bumper. Top-spec models now also come with HID headlights with LED daytime running lights as standard. Rounding up the exterior changes are new wheel designs for non-Wildtrak variants and an updated tailgate that Ford claimed requires less force to raise or close.

Ford Australia debuts more powerful, more high-tech 2019 Ranger

Inside, almost all variants now come with SYNC3 as standard equipment (except for the XLS). It supports navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among other things.

More importantly, the Ranger is now available with a suite of upgraded safety tech. These include autonomous emergency braking with vehicle and pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

Have to park in a tight spot? The 2019 Ranger can now also be specified with Active Park Assist which lets the parking for you. All you have to do is to put the car in gear and control the pedals; the car will steer by itself.

Ford Philippines is expected to release the updated 2019 Ranger and Everest within the year as announced in a media roundtable earlier this year.