The Ford Bronco, Ranger Return and Refreshed F-150 Revealed
Ford announced this week that the Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger are returning. Ford also revealed the refreshed 2018 F-150 and made some other key announcements.
The Ranger midsize pickup truck will be reintroduced to the North Amercian market in 2019, after having continued success offshore. Production for the Ranger is set to begin next year. Ford announced that the 2019 Ford Ranger will have a unique fascia and new engine choices, but did not specify exactly what to expect.
The Ford Bronco 4×4 SUV will make its valiant return in 2020 as a global vehicle. A production schedule has not been announced, but both the Bronco and the Ranger will be assembled in Ford’s Wayne, Michigan assembly plant. The two models will most likely share a body-on-frame chassis.
2018 Ford F-150
The newest version of America’s best-selling truck was revealed this Sunday during the NFL Wildcard Pregame show. The rugged, smarter F-150 gets new styling updates, more driver assist and safety features, new engine upgrades, and a new 10-speed transmission. Ford sculpted a more wide appearance with new grille, headlamps, and bumper.
New features include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, embedded 4G LTE modem to create a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices, Ford SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and B&O PLAY audio system.
A new standard 3.3 L direct injection V6 will produce the same 282 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque as the previous model’s 3.5 L V6. The new second-generation 2.7 L EcoBoost comes with dual port and direct injection technology, increasing engine efficiency, and the 5.0 L V8 gets an update to also increase power and torque. All engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with automatic start/stop as standard equipment. The 2018 Ford F-150 will hit showrooms this fall.
Ford also recently announced that they are adding 13 new electric vehicles to their lineup, including a hybrid version of both the F-150 and Mustang available by 2020. They also committed to a fully electric SUV with an estimated range of over 300 miles on a single charge and a fully autonomous ride-hailing commercial vehicle in operation in 2021.
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