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2019 Ford Ranger - 5 Hits

Discussion in 'Front Page Articles' started by SID297, Feb 12, 2018.

By SID297 on Feb 12, 2018 at 1:42 PM
  1. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 27, 2003
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    2019 Ford Ranger - 5 Hits


    It’s been a couple weeks since the 2019 Ford Ranger was introduced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and we've had time to digest some of the information presented with it. I have to say that it is a good looking truck, and I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of one. While that’s going to be a bit farther down the road, enough time has passed for us absorb the information Ford has provided us thus far. So here are the Five Hits we here at SVTP see with the 2019 Ford Ranger.

    Dana Axles


    One of the few surprisingly specific details that Ford provided about the upcoming Ranger was that it will come equipped with Dana axles both front and rear. While we don’t know which models will be sourced, it’s highly likely that they’ll be part of Dana’s 3rd generation of axles and components. This new family of axles is designed to increase efficiency and fuel economy, while also remaining very strong. So I would not expect a traditional Dana 44 rear, but we may very well see something even stronger.

    10R80 10-Speed Automatic Transmission


    One of the breakout piece of technology that Ford has released in the last several years has been the 10R80 transmission. In the F-150 is has proven very strong, and in the Mustang GT it has added an incredible new level of performance compared to the previous 6R80 trans (which is a great unit in its own right). As good as the 10R80 is in the F-150, we expect it to be even better in the more compact, and hopefully lighter weight, Ranger.

    Lariat Interior


    This is a new one for me. I had two Rangers in what nearly feels like a previous life a this point, and in my day Leather seats were no existent on the compact Ford. For just a couple years towards the end of production a material that resembled what is commonly known as leather was available on the Ranger’s seats, but the rest of the interior was still pretty much standard XLT fair. However, on the 2019 Ranger a Lariat model will be available; and with it comes a much greater level of interior trim. I’m looking forward to seeing all the up-market goodies Ford crams into the new truck. All I can say is heated seats are damn nice in the winter.

    EcoBoost Power


    I already know what you’re going to say, “It’s just a 4-Banger!!!”. Let me tell you something about the 2.3L EcoBoost, that little bastard pulls. We haven’t seen it used in a truck application yet; but in out SVTP Project EcoBoost Mustang we made over 340RWHP and 440RWTQ with just an intake, tune, and exhaust. That’s well over 100 more HP and TQ than the PI 2V 5.4L V8 was putting out in the 1999-2003 F-150. Hell, that’s more power than my 2004 Lightning made from the factory; and it was obtained with simple bolt-ons that you could install in a couple hours on a truck.

    Yes it’s true, we’d all love to see the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost on deck, but the fact that we’re getting such a potent mill right out of the gate is a good sign. Ford has a tendency to debut a truck with one powerplant, then the next model year offer a substantial upgrade. All you have to do is look back to the 2010 SVT F-150 Raptor’s 5.4L V8 and the 2011 model’s 6.2L engine. So I would say that there’s a very good chance that we’ll be seeing a more potent engine option than the 2.3L EcoBoost make its way into the Ranger. However, in the meantime; the 2.3 4-Banger is an impressive mill in its own right that I would not mind having between my Ranger’s framerails.

    Appropriately Sized Head Lights and Tail Lights


    I’m going to giveaway something that I have found completely irksome about Ford styling for about a decade now, the increasing size of headlights and taillights. IMO, the best looking mainline trucks Ford has built in the last 30 years was the final years of the OBS F-350 and the 2005-07 Super Duties. On thing those trucks had in common was reasonably sized lights. I didn’t think things could get any worse than the gargantuan headlights of the 2011-2016 Super Duties, but then the 2017s came along with even bigger ones.

    Thankfully, the Ranger debuts with some of the best looking front and rear light styling we’ve seen in years. Dare I say that the front styling harkens back to those glory days of the old 7.3L Powerstroke? While I’m not a huge fan of a plastic front fascia on a work truck, a Gen 2 Lightning doesn’t count, I suppose I can learn to live with it on a Ranger.

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Discussion in 'Front Page Articles' started by SID297, Feb 12, 2018.

    1. SVT-BansheeMan
      Holy crap. Look at all of those features. Good bye cheap sub 20k ranger. Damnit.
      bluebosss197, me32 and jeffh81 like this.
    2. SVOGT302
      Too bad production is not scheduled to start until Nov 26.... I'd like to have one now. :-(
      RDJ likes this.
    3. 04sleeper
      Ford needed a medium sized truck. This one looks right for Ford against the competition. Well done!
    4. SID297
      I need to look at the actual dimensions. I think the Gen 2 Explorer Sport Trac was about the perfect size.
      jeffh81 and me32 like this.
    5. Weather Man
      Weather Man
      Personally, I think it is to close in size and price to a full size truck. I get it was really designed for the international market, but closer to the original would have been better.
    6. FKing1
      Will be a Raptor Ranger Model too.
      Whoo Hoo!!!
      biminiLX likes this.
    7. SVT-BansheeMan
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    8. GNBRETT
      Sharp lookn truck no doubt!
    9. snakecharmer
      I do like the looks and size. If the Raptor does have a V6 (preferably the 3.5) then as much as I detest the way a V6 sounds, I may have to consider and just put the quietest mufflers I can find on it.
    10. SID297
      Just make the turbos louder.
      jeffh81 and nofire like this.
    11. DMassey
      that's the best view of the rear axle/suspension I've seen... looks like some sort of Watts link hybrid setup. Should really control rear movement that pickup trucks are so notorious for.

      All this really makes me even more excited for the Bronco... hopefully they nail the styling.
    12. SID297
      That's actually the rear suspension setup on the Everest/Ranger Raptor. The standard Ranger will just be leaf springs.
    13. Racer474
      Thats surprising to see a watts link. I bet it ends up working very well.
    14. cobra_4
      All those features sound awesome, but like someone said, good bye cheap Ranger. I think that was part of the appeal of the old ranger is the cheap plain Jane's. Cant imagine even the most basic form of this one being cheap.

      That being said, I'd LOVE to have a Lariat for a new dd!!
    15. SID297
      The days of a sub-$10,000 new truck are long gone.
      IronSnake likes this.

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