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Reinvented Ranger pickups will move Ford into midsize truck market

Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times on

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Eckert said the reinvented Ranger is expected to offer best-in-class torque and payload.

The new Ranger will be built in the Wayne, Mich., factory that currently builds the Focus. Ford is shifting production of that vehicle to plants in China and will use the freed-up factory space to make Rangers starting this year and new Broncos starting in 2019.

Eckert said the truck will come standard with driver assist technology like automatic emergency braking. Safety features including blind spot detection, lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning will be available on higher trim levels.

The truck will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The FX4 Off-Road Package will include skid plates, off-road shocks and suspension, and heavy-duty tires.

To be sold in supercab and supercrew configurations, the Ranger will be available in three trim lines -- the entry level XL, the mid-level XLT and the high-end Lariat. It also will be offered with a Ranger-specific off-road package.

 

Other key details, such as pricing, payload, fuel economy and towing capacities, have not been revealed. The truck itself will be on display at the Ford exhibit during the Detroit Auto Show, which will be open to the public from Jan. 20-28.

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