Ford unveiled the 2019 Ranger at the North American International Auto Show but the truck won’t go on sale in the United States until early next year. The company isn’t just twiddling its thumbs in the meantime as Ford is continuing to test the model to ensure it’s up to snuff.
While this particular prototype -shot by Carscoops reader Brett Borgard – is camouflaged, there isn’t much reason for it as the company has already released countless photos of the upcoming pickup. As a result, we skip over the usual styling details and mention some of the highlights that Ford has already confirmed.
The Ranger will be offered in three different trim levels and the truck will only be available in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations. Two styling packages will be available but customers looking for more meaningful upgrades will want to stick with the FX4 Off-Road Package. It includes the usual off-road goodies such as special shocks, all-terrain tires and underbody skid plates.
While there’s where most off-road packages would call it a day, the Ranger’s package also includes an electronic-locking rear differential and a terrain management system with four different modes: normal, grass, gravel / snow and mud / ruts. The package also adds a Trail Control system which will keep the truck moving at a slow and steady speed while off-roading so drivers can focus on steering.
Regardless of how customers configure their Ranger, all US-spec models will come equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that is connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Ford hasn’t released performance specifications but the engine produces 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque in the Mustang.
The Ranger prototype was part of a larger convoy on vehicles which included the 2020 Explorer. The crossover will be launched next year and Ford has already confirmed plans for a hybrid variant as well as a high-performance ST model. The latter is expected to use a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces around 400 hp (298 kW / 405 PS) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.