Ford Shows How They Made The 2019 Ranger Built Ford Tough

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.

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  • FactChecker90803

    Where is the 2.7 Liter EcoBoost V6, Hmm I say if its good enough for the Edge and Fusion, why not the Ranger!!!.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      True… a 2.3 in this truck does little for me, at best.

      • FactChecker90803

        Actually the 2.3 EcoBoost is the same engine from the Mustang, so its 310 Hp and 320 Lbs Torque, so it will have the most HP and Torque of any mid size truck. But many commentators have said the 2.3 as used in the Explorer 280 Hp should be the Base and the 2.7-liter 325 Hp EcoBoost from the F150 be the optional engine.

        • Dr Strangefingger

          I’m sure it’s all that. I just would rather have a NA v6 under the hood of my midsized truck than a 4 banger, turbo or not. I have my reasons.

          Additionally, I prefer the Tacoma’s looks over what I’ve seen of the new Ranger so far.

          • FactChecker90803

            To each there own, the Base Ranger does seem BLAND, But I find the

  • Ddinox64

    Looks just like the Chevy Colorado. Todays auto designers lack any form of design vision. The worst is when the head and tail lights become part of the hoods and trunks. Then you need to blame the blind person that approves these horrible designs. Trucks today are far from trucks. They’re ugly cars with open trunks.

  • Squeaky_1

    Many here in Australia are calling for a V6TT of 3.0L or more. The diesel is an insult to the potential of this great ute. I certainly would never buy a diesel. It is a lumbering truck motor fer chrissakkkeees!

    • FactChecker90803

      The 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6, is exclusive to The Lincoln Motors Company, its a 2.7-liter with the crankshaft of the 3.3-liter V6. In reality the 2.7-liter 325 hp-380lb-ft of torque EcoBoost V6 is all one needs in a Pickup the size if the Ranger, after all the 2.7 is the best selling engine in the F150 Pickup and the kerb weight of the F150 Super Cab is 5,265 lbs VS for the Ranger Super Cab 4,339 lbs.

      • Squeaky_1

        Good words indeed – thanks.

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