The Ford Ranger is making a return to the company's truck lineup, filling the void that it left in the mid-size truck category in 2012. Beginning production later this year, the new Ranger will be available with a 2.3L V6 EcoBoost engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is the only 10 speed in its class.
It will come in an entry-level XL trim, mid-level XLT, and a top-of-the-line Lariat trim package. Chrome, Sport, and FX Off-Road packages will be available and the truck will come in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab options. Four-wheel-drive configurations will also be available.
The truck will be worthy of the "Built Ford Tough" motto with a high-strength steel frame, frame-mounted steel front and rear bumpers, and an available FX4 Off-Road package that adds off-road-specific shocks, all-terrain tires, a heavy-gauge steel bash plate, and skid plates.
As with many modern Fords, the Ranger will be rich with technology and driver aids such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and available blind spot detection with trailer coverage. As for in-car tech, the Ranger will have Sync 3 with CarPlay, Android Auto, Ford+Alexa functionality, and an optional B&O Play audio system.