THE FORD RANGER JUST GOT ANOTHER OFF-ROAD UPGRADE

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Ford Ranger

The current-generation Ford Ranger is going to last at least another two years before the next-generation model makes its way onto the market, per the automaker’s recent $1.45 billion announcement. With not much longer left in its life cycle, the chances of the American market ever seeing the current Ranger Raptor continues to dwindle. However, Ford is aware of the situation, and has done what it reasonably can to provide a few off-road solution for its midsize pickup truck, while aftermarket companies have gone to offer comprehensive yet unofficial Ranger Raptor kits.

Along with offering a Fox suspension kit, official Yakima accessories and winch-capable front bumper, Ford will now offer a “Breadcrumb” satellite navigation feature so that drivers can easily find their way back to the pavement after exploring new trails off road. The feature will be on all Ford Ranger pickup trucks in either XLT or Lariat trim levels equipped with satellite navigation and Sync3. From there, be sure to get the FX4 package, which adds an electronic locking rear different and a Terrain Management System with Trail Control.

Those looking for off-road inspiration to upgrade the 2020 Ford Ranger need only look at last month’s slew of SEMA 2019 pickup trucks.

Our long-distance road trip experience with the Ford Ranger was a largely positive one, with its cabin riddled with modern amenities such as wifi connectivity, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and more USB ports than you probably need. While towing a 1,500 pounds camper trailer through the mountain roads of America’s West, we averaged 17 miles per gallon from its 2.3L EcoBoost four cylinder engine that it shares with the Ford Mustang.

Coincidentally, the next-generation Ford Ranger is rumored to offer a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine, as well as a 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine that it will share with both the 2021 Ford Bronco, and the larger F-150 pickup truck.

Ford Ranger

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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