The 2019 Ford Ranger has been revealed this week, the updated ute will arrive later this year with a new powertrain option, more tech and a minor styling change.
Headlining the changes is the availability of a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo-diesel engine in XLT and Wildtrak variants, the oiler is capable of 157kW of power at 3750rpm and 500Nm of torque from 1750rpm. It will be paired with Ford’s new 10-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission.
If this new powertrain combo sounds familiar, it will also feature in the upcoming (and overly hyped) Ranger Raptor.
Ranger XLT and Wildtrak buyers will still be able to purchase the 3.2-litre 147kW/470Nm five-cylinder turbo-diesel unit from the current model paired to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Both powertrain choices have a 3500kg braked towing capability.
The unloved 2.2-litre turbo-diesel developing 118kW and 385Nm will still be found in entry-level variants.
Ford will offer autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with vehicle and pedestrian detection as standard on the Wildtrak and optional on the XLT. The system functions at speeds above 3.6km/h.
Traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning will also be standard on the Wildtrak and as part of the optional Tech Pack on XLT variants. Same goes for the Active Park Assist (APA).
Keyless entry and push-button start have found their way onto the XLS options list while remaining standard on the XLT and Wildtrak.  
Some improvements have been made to the interior materials to elevate the atmosphere, while SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
Minor styling changes have been made to the Ranger’s exterior, there’s a new grille and lower bumper with a broader intake to balance out the look. Wildtrak and XLT models now get LED daytime running lights and HID headlights.
A new easy-lift tailgate will be standard on all pick-up models, Ford claims it’s lighter to lift, with a 70 per cent reduction in the initial force required to raise it for closing.
Changes to the Ranger’s packaging has enabled Ford engineers to update the suspension geometry to improve the ride quality, reduce body roll and sharpen the steering.
The 2019 Ranger will also come standard with Ford’s recently announced five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. It should arrive in showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2018.
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