While everyone’s attention is on the Ford Ranger Raptor, it must be noted that the Ranger Raptor’s external design will be based mainly on this facelifted 2018 Ford Ranger. Launched at the Detroit Auto Show, the Ranger returns in the USA after years of absence in the US market.
The Ranger’s front is dominated by a rather slim grille, which are flanked by LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. Butching up its looks are a bulging hood, front fender vents, and wide wheel arches. The whole front bumper is now painted in dark grey, which is in contrast to the one found in our current generation Wildtrak. At the rear, there’s a new set of LED tail lights, and the Ranger branding is now stamped into the rear tailgate.
Inside, and the changes are less pronounced. As ever, there’s an 8-inch SYNC3 infotainment syste with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a large analog speedometer flanked by two LCD displays. For the US, SYNC3 comes with Ford+Alexa personal assistant, which means it uses Amazon’s Alexa for natural voice commands. There are a few options, including a 120-volt power socket, and amazingly, a Bang & Olufsen B&O premium sound system.
There are three trim levels in the USA, namely XL, XLT, and Lariat, and will be joined by Chrome and Sport appearance packages. What we’re seeing here in the photos is the FX4 off-roading package, which adds adds special shocks, all-terrain tires, and a heavy gauge steel front bash plate. It also adds Terrain Management System with four modes, as well as an all-new Trail Control System, which is basically cruise control for off-roading at a slow and steady pace.
Regardless of which variant you’ll choose in the USA, the Ranger is powered by a 2.3 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. No figures have been released, and its still uncertain if we’ll receive the new petrol engine.
Safety-wise, the Ranger includes stuff such as Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Warning, and Pedestrian Detection.