Bradley Belcher started building his award-winning 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback at age 13 and now supports other Mustang fans through the Millennial Mustang Registry
The all-new Ford Ranger—in dealerships now for the first time since production ended in 2011—is already one of the biggest automotive news stories of 2019. In fact, the buzz surrounding the return of the popular pickup has been intense for more than a year—particularly about its advanced technology, driver-assist features and performance, including what the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine paired with our class-exclusive* 10-speed automatic transmission delivers: 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Unexpected from a midsize truck? You bet, which is why we did it.
The 2019 Ford Ranger ticks the box for having best-in-class qualities. The maximum payload capacity blows away the competition. When properly equipped, the truck has 7,500-pound towing capacity with an available tow package. “Think of the Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer. “With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, the Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.”
The available FX4 Off-Road Package adds off-road–tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted, heavy-gauge steel front bash plate and frame-mounted skid plates. And the Terrain Management System™ has four distinct drive modes—Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts and Sand. The system can shift on the fly, and it will automatically change throttle responsiveness, transmission shifting and vehicle controls to tailor traction, drivability and performance for the given terrain or weather condition.
Another superstar in the adventure equation is the all-new available Trail Control™ technology, which is designed for low-speed, rugged terrain when equipped with the FX4 Off-Road Package. It automatically controls the throttle as well as braking at each individual wheel as needed.
“All you have to do is steer—picture it as off-road cruise control,” explained Pat Parnell, longtime action-sports TV personality.
As someone who covers adventure for a living, who better to be put into the wild with the Ranger? Pat and the truck explored rocks, snow and other terrain, so the attributes of the FX4 Off-Road Package were definitely put to use. The Ranger has an available electronic-locking rear differential for increased all-terrain traction—as Pat found out firsthand. “There were some huge rocks…and that’s where e-locker helps big time.”
Pat also did some “serious off-roading” in the Ranger. “I want to point out zero problems…thanks to this genius technology called Trail Control, designed for low traction, rugged terrain. It maintains your selected speed of 1 to 20 mph. And what’s really cool is that it manages your acceleration and braking.”
Pat made a series of short videos about the new Ranger and explained how the various available technologies perform off road, which you can watch HERE. You’ll see why EcoBoost, the available Terrain Management System™ and built-in body armor are also why the Ranger is always at the ready with one more unofficial driving mode: adventure.
*Class is Midsize Pickups based on Ford segmentation.