Taking a Quick Peek at the 2019 Ford Ranger

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TFL Truck previews all-new 2019 Ford Ranger and goes under the hood and inside the cabin to show us what to expect.

In early October, Ford published the horsepower, torque, and towing figures for the 2019 Ranger. Most recently, it announced that it started production of the 2019 Ranger at its renovated Michigan Assembly Plant. The Ranger is almost here. Almost. Until the blue oval has its official media launch of the next-generation midsize truck, we’ll have to settle for previews like this one from TFL Truck.

Nathan Adlen went up to Wayne, Michigan, home of the plant that has just started making the reborn Ranger. Ford made a few of them early so they could have some regular 4X4 and FX4 models run around an improvised off-road course that could showcase the trucks’ chassis and suspension engineering. He mentions some odd facts that Ford shared with him, including that the Ranger will come with standard disc brakes at all four corners. Seems like an odd thing to announce in 2018, but it’s still good news. It will also be the only midsize truck with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine AND a 10-speed automatic. That’s not a combo reserved just for the top-of-the-line Lariat model; even the $24,300 base XL will get the 270-horsepower/310-lb-ft 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 and 10-cog box.

ford-trucks.com 2019 Ford Ranger Sneak Peek

Adlen gets a little seat time in a Ranger XLT with the $1,295 FX4 Off-Road Package, which includes a rear e-locker, a trail-ready suspension, skid plates, Trail Control, and Ford’s Terrain Management System, which is as easy to use as pushing a button near the shifter. Adlen likes how everything is arranged, saying, “The layout I prefer over the Ford F-150. Part of the reason why is everything’s easy to reach and everything is logically placed.”

ford-trucks.com 2019 Ford Ranger Sneak Peek

Despite the Ranger’s smaller size, it gets high marks for its seats. Adlen adds, “Another thing is, frankly, I think the seats are more comfortable than the F-150.”

No word on how tall Adlen is, but as a full-grown man, he’s a good measuring stick for backseat room. He finds the second row snug in terms of legroom, but headroom plentiful.

When the Ranger comes out, it’ll be taking on the Toyota Tacoma and, of course, its rivals from GMC and Chevrolet. Adlen is conscious of the inevitable comparisons. “I would say that this vehicle, in terms of interior space, is on par, if not slightly better than the Chevy Colorado.” That and the Ranger may be small trucks, but the war between them for market share will be a big one…when the Ranger finally hits the streets.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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