Ford has announced the release of its new Ranger pick-up, a model described as being “more powerful, fuel-efficient, refined and intelligent” by the manufacturer.

A stylish and versatile addition to Ford’s line-up, the new Ranger will be available from mid-2019 and brings with it a range of improvements over the previous version – itself the best-selling pick-up in Europe.

Smarter and more powerful

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2019 Ford Ranger ‘Limited’ pack

The updated Ranger makes use of Ford’s latest 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine and has three specifications for buyers to choose from – 130PS single turbo, 170PS single turbo and 213PS bi-turbo.

Each model features a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the manufacturer’s ten-speed automatic transmission is available for the 170PS and 213PS versions.

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2019 Ford Ranger ‘Limited’ pack

A great deal of technology has also been squeezed into this latest design, such as Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Speed Limiter. The Ranger is the first vehicle in its class to offer these systems as standard.

Meanwhile, it also offers lane alerts, adaptive cruise control, Traffic Sign Recognition, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera and Electronic Stability Control to mitigate trailer sway or the chance of rollover.

Safe, tough and modern

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2019 Ford Ranger ‘Wildtrak’ pack

Overall, the aesthetic of the 2019 Ranger is sleek and stylish, with a revised front bumper design and new grille. In addition, the manufacturer is offering a range of new colour options for this latest release.

Roelant de Waard, vice president for marketing, sales and service at Ford of Europe, commented: “The new Ford Ranger provides customers with an unbeatable combination of pulling power, fuel-efficiency and smart driver-assistance technology.”

2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak interior 1
2019 Ford Ranger ‘Wildtrak’ pack

He added that the model’s “cutting-edge EcoBlue engine equipped with the latest SCR technology” also exceeds new stringent emissions criteria, as set out in the latest versions of European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008.

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