The biggest take away for anyone waiting for the next Bronco is that it will be ride on the Ranger's T6 platform as a sport utility vehicle, set to rival the Wrangler. To anyone finding out now, this comes as great news because its one more body-on-frame product we can depend and one that carries on the Ford toughness we're used to. If Ford is serious, features that makes the new Ranger tough, will find its way into the Bronco; a high-strength steel frame, frame-mounted steel front and rear bumpers, short overhangs for better off-road clearance, integrated trailer hitch receiver. The 2.3L EcoBoost engine is up for debate but Ford loyalists don't seem to be happy even with its 300lb-ft of torque available under 3000rpm. No replacement for displacement?
Built Ford Tough is engineered in Ranger’s DNA – from its high-strength steel frame backbone to its frame-mounted steel front and rear bumpers. Ford engineers put Ranger through the same torture testing as the legendary F-150 goes through.
Even its design is tough. Ranger’s muscular body features a high beltline that emphasizes strength, while a raked grille and windshield provide an athletic appearance – designed to aid in aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. Short overhangs are functional off-road for clearing obstacles.
From the rear, the Ranger nameplate stamped in the tailgate conveys strength, and the tailgate itself is designed to handle people and cargo. A rugged steel bumper with an available integrated trailer hitch receiver helps make towing campers, ATVs or watercraft a breeze.
Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. A center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC® 3 system, while the instrument cluster features dual LCD productivity screens for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information.
Ranger’s twin-power dome hood houses its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine designed for efficiency and capability thanks to direct fuel injection, a twin-scroll turbocharger and 16-valve design. For added durability, the engine features a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams.
“Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” said Thai-Tang. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”
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Like the other new SUV that rides on Ford T6's platform, sold overseas as the Everest, owners of the Bronco should have no problem hunting Wranglers on reasonably challenging terrain. Ford has proven they can deliver products that real enthusiasts want, the new Ranger is proof of that for the most part. While some might argue for the bigger 2.7L EcoBoost engine over the current 2.3L, trail capability can be improved with the FX4 Off-Road Package that features off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging. On the new Bronco, its can create the perfect Wrangler JL Moab rival.
Ranger is designed for a new generation of midsize truck customers who head off-road to recharge.
Ranger prioritizes ground clearance to help climb over off-road obstacles. The FX4 Off-Road Package provides additional trail capability with off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging.
To give customers a great all-terrain driving experience, Ranger’s FX4 Off-Road Package features an innovative Terrain Management System™ similar to the F-150 Raptor’s. It includes four distinct drive modes – normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand. The system can shift on the fly to automatically change throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing and vehicle controls to tailor traction, driveability and performance to any given terrain or weather condition.
The FX4 Off-Road Package introduces Ford’s all-new Trail Control™ technology. Like cruise control for the highway but designed for low-speed, rugged terrain, Trail Control takes over acceleration and braking – sending power and braking to each individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on steering along the course.
Power is distributed through Dana® AdvanTEK® independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models with an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard on FX2 and FX4) for increased all-terrain traction. Ranger four-wheel-drive versions feature 2-high, 4-high and 4-low.
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Latest In Tech
SUV's, CUV's and crossovers have become the bread and butter of well established and rising car makers. This makes them key platforms for showcasing the greatest and latest a brand has to offer. We've already seen some on the new Ranger, a greater emphasis on technology is expected on the 2020 Bronco. Expect to see advanced driver assistive technologies that come standard on certain Ranger models like; Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Reverse Sensing System, Blind Spot Monitoring, Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. Electronically controlled shock absorbers like what the new Raptor has probably won't happen but Ford will have to do something about suspension travel.
Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies. Advanced driver-assist technologies include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, while Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies standard on Lariat include Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Available SYNC® 3 features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexa personal assistant functionality and optional navigation. An available FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Available AC power outlets allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets provide more options for passengers to connect. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience.
Additional features include optional LED headlamps and taillamps. Optional exterior lighting includes puddle lamps and lighting for the cargo bed, while Ford’s available Smart Trailer Tow connector alerts drivers to faulty trailer connections.
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Expectations are high for the new Bronco as any Ford enthusiast can attest to. Rarely has the Ford community been entirely disappointed which gets harder to find as you shop within higher segments. Latest iterations of the T6 platform, Ranger and Everest, are proving mid-size products that ride on a body-on-frame platform from Ford are in demand. In addition, the Bronco's segment is far from seeing a sales slump, Wrangler JK's sold strong till product got cut off and Toyota's 4Runner goes just as strong. The only question remains is how different from the all-new Ranger will it be?
- Built Ford Tough: Ford answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged, and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough; torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks, Ranger quality starts with a rugged high-strength steel frame backbone, proven Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission
- Ready for adventure with innovative technology: New features make driving easier and more fun, both on- and off-road; available FX4 Off-Road Package adds protective skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, while Terrain Management System™ and Trail Control™ help navigate challenging conditions; a suite of innovative technologies includes standard Automatic Emergency Braking to help avoid collisions
- Strong new choice for midsize truck fans: Ranger brings American truck lovers an all-new choice; production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as the U.S. industry sees continued growth in midsize pickups
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