Ford introduced the 2019 Ranger at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year and now the company is giving us a look at how they tested the truck to ensure it was “Built Ford Tough.”
According to the automaker, the company’s quality and capability tests started in the lab. As part of the truck’s development, the Ranger was put on a four-post shaker table for days on end to ensure the truck wouldn’t rattle or squeak.
After being tested in the lab, the Ranger was subjected to a series of tests at the company’s proving grounds in Michigan. There the model had to endure the Silver Creek track which has “impacts so severe robotic drivers are used so humans don’t get injured.”
Real world testing plays an important role in vehicle development so Ford took the truck to a variety of locations including the Australian Outback to see how well the Ranger could handle extreme heat and “choking dust over harsh off-road terrain.” The Ranger’s towing capability was also put to the test in Arizona as Ford drove the model up steep roads near the Davis Dam to see how well its engine could cope with the conditions.
In a short statement, Ford Ranger chief engineer Rick Bolt said “We torture every component – from its high-strength steel frame to its EcoBoost engine to its cloth and leather-trimmed seats – to ensure Ranger is ready for any season and nearly any terrain.”
The Ford Ranger will go on sale in the United States early next year and be available exclusively with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that is connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission. The company hasn’t released performance specifications but the automaker has confirmed the Ranger will be offered with an FX4 Off-Road Package which includes special shocks, all-terrain tires and a four-mode Terrain Management System. The package also includes a Trail Control system which keeps the truck at a slow and steady pace when off-roading.