The factory will build the Bronco next year, too.
Production of the new Ford Ranger is officially underway at the Blue Oval's Michigan Assembly Plant. The factory underwent an $850 million renovation to be able to build the midsized pickup and later the revived Bronco.
Deliveries of the new Ranger will begin in the fourth quarter of the year. Prices start at $24,300 before $1,095 for destination). Tick all the option boxes, and the cost rises to $47,020. There's also a range of over 75 accessories available from the factory to let buyers customize the truck to their needs.
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The Ranger is available in two-door Super Cab and four-door Super Crew cab configurations. All models come with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) of torque, and the power runs through a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Buyers can choose between rear- or four-wheel drive. The powertrain gives the pickup a 1,860-pound payload and 7,500-pound tow rating. The optional $1,295 FX4 Off-Road Package adds an electronic locking rear differential, in addition to rugged parts like skid plates, revised suspension tuning, and the automaker's Terrain Management System.
Just because the Ranger is a midsized truck doesn't mean that it lacks amenities. The range-topping Lariat trim comes with Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system and Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance suite that combines automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, trailer tow monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. Buyers can also add the 501A option package that includes a B&O stereo, rain-sensing windshield wipers, navigation for the infotainment system, and adaptive cruise control.
At least for now, Ford sticking with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost as the only engine in the Ranger. The company has no intention currently of bringing the Ranger Raptor to the United States. We can't rule the possibility of the meaner variant coming later because the Blue Oval has a few Raptor test mules on American roads to evaluate them. The automaker has also allegedly filed for a trademark on the Ranger Raptor name in the U.S.
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FORD CELEBRATES PRODUCTION START OF ALL-NEW 2019 RANGER MIDSIZE PICKUP AND A NEW ERA FOR A STORIED AMERICAN FACTORY
OCT 22, 2018 | WAYNE, MICH.
Ford today invited more than 3,000 employees from its newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant to experience the best of the all-new Ranger on an on-site, off-road course
Ford has invested $850 million in Michigan Assembly to retool the plant to build the all-new Ford Ranger and future Ford Bronco
2019 Ford Ranger is part of an onslaught of new vehicles coming between 2018 and 2020, when the company aims to replace 75 percent of its U.S. portfolio
WAYNE, Mich., Oct. 22, 2018 – When many of Michigan Assembly Plant’s 3,000 workers gather today at the plant, they will be celebrating a rebirth in more ways than one.
The festivities mark a renaissance for a plant just outside of Detroit that has experienced the highs and lows of the American auto industry for the past six decades. The occasion also signals the rebirth of Ford Ranger, the mid-size pickup that will return to American roads early next year after an eight-year hiatus, fully modernized for today’s truck buyer.
The special celebration to mark the kickoff of Ranger production will include leaders from Ford and the United Auto Workers. Plant employees, media and others will have a chance to ride in the Ranger on a custom-built, off-road course in the parking lot of the plant.
“Ford truck fans demanded a midsize pickup that’s ‘Built Ford Tough,’ and we’re delivering with our all-new Ranger that’s specially designed and engineered for American truck customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global operations. “At the same time, we’re revitalizing our Michigan Assembly Plant and securing good-paying jobs for our hourly employees here in the U.S.”
Ford has invested $850 million to build exciting new vehicles at Michigan Assembly Plant, including the all-new Ranger for North America and the highly anticipated new Ford Bronco, scheduled to begin production in 2020.
For Michigan Assembly, a sprawling 369-acre plant in Wayne, Mich., which opened in 1957 building station wagons, the start of Ranger production marks a new era.
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Beginning in 1966, the plant began a 30-year run of building Bronco, one of the original sport utility vehicles that gained popularity in post-War America. Michigan Assembly gained acclaim as being among the most important and profitable factories in the world when it made Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from 1996 to 2008.
Early this year, Michigan Assembly ended production of the Focus small car to make way for a massive retooling in preparation for the Ranger launch.
The factory is set to build two high-profile vehicles again in the Ranger and all-new Bronco as American appetite for pickups and SUVs continues to grow.
“The revitalization of the Michigan Assembly Plant and renewed production of the Ford Ranger is another exciting chapter in our state’s comeback story,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said. “This is also an opportunity to look toward its promising future with production of the all-new Ford Bronco on the horizon. I thank our partners at Ford for investing in Michigan and contributing to the Motor City’s legacy as the automotive capital of the world.”
Ford is transforming its product lineup, building on truck, SUV and commercial vehicle strengths. Ranger is the first in an onslaught of all-new vehicles that will see Ford aim to replace more than 75 percent of its current North American portfolio by 2020.
“UAW-Ford members take pride in relaunching the all-new Ranger right here in Michigan,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Rory Gamble. “Our UAW brothers and sisters take great care in the quality and craftsmanship customers will discover when they experience the relaunch of this iconic nameplate.”
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Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer who blends city living with off-the-grid adventure. The midsize pickup will deliver utility, capability and technology those customers want and need.
Powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission, Ranger will deliver driver-assist technologies and connectivity features as well as best-in-class payload, gas towing and gas torque.
“We have been waiting for this day for a long time,” said Michigan Assembly Plant Manager Erik Williams. “The Ranger is back home in the U.S., and our employees at Michigan Assembly Plant are thrilled to be able to build it for our customers.”
Ranger offers such innovative technologies as standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, available Blind Spot Information System with class-exclusive trailer coverage, and available SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.
An available FX4 Off-Road Package includes Terrain Management SystemTM, which provides multiple selectable drive modes and all-new Trail ControlTM to help get through the toughest challenges.
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