The Ford Ranger is Making a Comeback
Rejoice, Ford Ranger fans! The Ford Ranger is making a comeback and will be available in early 2019 (See: https://www.ford.com/trucks/ranger/2019/). After having been rumored to be coming back to the United States for several years now, with many car enthusiasts upset about its removal from US shores since 2011, Ford has officially revived the Ford Ranger.
Though it hasn't been available in the US since 2011, Ford has continued to produce an international version, which has actually proved to be extremely popular in parts of Europe, South Africa, and New Zealand. Perhaps its popularity abroad and the clamoring of car enthusiasts for its return to the states all contributed to Ford's decision to bring it back.
Here are some of its key features:
An All-New Frame
Though Ford is mainly bringing over the same frame from the international version of the Ford Ranger, there are some configurations present that have been put in place solely for the US market. In addition to featuring a fully-boxed ladder frame that includes six crossmembers, the 2019 Ford Ranger will also have a robust and solid mounting location for both the front steel bumper and for the rear steel bumper.
Furthermore, Ford is also including the option for an integrated trailer-hitch receiver as an add-on.
An Emphasis on Steel
The 2019 Ford Ranger includes a predominately steel body that rests on its frame, along with an aluminum hood and tailgate. In comparison to the international version, the 2019 Ford Ranger will have panel gaps that are much tighter and uniform, as well as updated fascia and lighting components.
In addition, it also includes:
- Better approach and departure angles through improved front and rear short overhangs;
- Monotube dampers on each of the four corners;
- Live-axle configuration and control-arm front suspension present at the rear.
Ford has definitely made an admirable effort to improve the Ford Ranger.
Multiple Configurations Are Available
Ford has recently announced the models and pricing information for the 2019 Ford Ranger. They've also created a page where you can customize your 2019 Ford Ranger based on upgrade options, which can be found at: https://shop.ford.com/build/ranger/#/select/.
Here's the official base prices and subsequent models from Ford:
- XL with 6’ Box: $25,395
- XLT with 6’ Box: $29,035
- Lariat with 6’ Box: $33,305
- XL with 6’ Box: $29,555
- XLT with 6’ Box: $33,035
- Lariat with 6’ Box: $37,305
- XL with 5’ Box: $27,615
- XLT with 5’ Box: $31,210
- Lariat with 5’ Box: $35,480
- XL with 5’ Box: $31,775
- XLT with 5’ Box: $35,210
- Lariat with 5’ Box: $39,480
Each of the above base prices has a destination and delivery fee of $1095 included.
When visiting the Ford Ranger customizable site (here again for your reference: https://shop.ford.com/build/ranger/#/select/), the most expensive 2019 Ford Ranger model comes out to around $45,000. This 2019 Ford Ranger configuration includes the FX4 off-road package and technology package, which consists of:
- Skid plates;
- Electronic locking rear differential;
- Adaptive cruise control and navigation;
- Other various off-road enhancements.
Be sure to check out Ford's website for more in-depth detail. And, as always, A-1 Auto Transport will be able to handle any and all of your auto transport needs. Contact us today for your free quote!
Written By:Joe Webster
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