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Making a grand entrance at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the new 2019 Ford Ranger is a midsize truck set to arrive dealerships early next year. And while at a glance it may look similar to the Ford Ranger sold in other markets, the American automaker emphasized many changes have been made to cater to the North American market. For starters, every single body panel has been tweaked in some way, even if it’s just to improve the panel-fitment gaps. Overall aerodynamics have been optimized for enhanced efficiency, while the hood and tailgate are made of aluminum to help shed unwanted pounds.
Also unique to the North American market are the frame-mounted steel bumpers.
The new Ranger will only be available in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, which means there’s no Regular Cab model. The pickup will be motivated by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford has confirmed the new Ranger will be built at the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant and is slated to go on sale in the first quarter of 2019. So expect more details such as specifications and pricing to be announced closer to its launch.
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