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2019 Ford Ranger: Ford returns to midsize pickup truck fight

After abandoning the segment following 2011, Ford gets back into the US midsize pickup truck game with the Ranger.

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Ford abandoned the midsize pickup truck segment in the US following the 2011 model year, but will return with a new Ranger in 2019.  

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Ford announced at last year's Detroit Auto Show that it was bringing the Ranger back to the US, but thankfully this year they actually showed the truck.

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The new Ranger is a heavily reworked version of the truck already sold in other markets around the world.

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The US-spec Ranger makes its world debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. 

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Ford will offer the 2019 Ranger in SuperCab and SuperCrew body styles. 

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Compared to current models sold elsewhere, the US Ranger features slight styling changes that included a more aggressive front fascia with a steel bumper.

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Model-specific grilles and a new aluminum hood with dual power bulges also help distinguish the US Ranger from others. 

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At the rear, there's an aluminum tailgate with a spoiler for better aero, a high-mounted handle borrowed from the F-150 and a frame-mounted steel bumper. 

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The interior receives a new steering wheel and shifter and waterproof storage under the rear seats. 

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For infotainment, Sync with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices is standard.     

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The only confirmed engine at this time is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is a modified for truck duty with a forged crankshaft and connecting rods comparable to the unit available in the Mustang.

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