Ford shows new Ranger midsize pickup

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The blue oval pulled the covers off its USA version ahead of the opening of the 2018 Detroit motor show, showcasing a number of minor styling changes that are expected to come through on local models later this year, including new LED headlights within a restyled front bumper, modified bonnet, different grille options across a variety of models and capitalised "Ranger" text stamped into the tailgate.

Ford has unveiled the new version of its mid-sized pick-up truck, the iconic Ford Ranger.

While the Ranger name has persisted on Ford trucks in other countries, the last time Ford sold a Ranger in the United States was during the 2011 model year.

The new Ranger is midsized and has a new grill and hood-line.

An optional extra for the new auto includes the F-150 FX4 Off-Road package which allows power or the brakes to be sent to each wheel while off-roading.

Production begins late this year at Fords Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks.

He later added that the midsize truck will come with a steel frame, as "real trucks don't have fascias". Generally speaking, transmissions with more gear ratios are more efficient because they allow the engine to spend more time operating with its most efficient speed range. It also has a Terrain Management System featuring five driving modes: Normal; Grass; Sand; Gravel and Snow; and Mud and Ruts.

Ford said it expects the Ranger to have best-in-class payload capacity but wouldn't divulge any details on power, fuel economy, dimensions or weight. The FX4 package will come with standard automatic emergency braking.

"The 2018 finalists reflect the incredible variety of vehicles and new, advanced technology automakers are adding to their offerings as well as the increasing emphasis on making the most advanced safety features available to consumers even on affordable models", said Mark Phelan, President of NACTOY. It will also have both 2 and 4 door models.

Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies. Only extended cab configurations are available. An available FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. The Trail Control feature can also be purchased and it will act as cruise control system.

The Isuzu D-Max's 3.0-litre turbo diesel - an engine shared with an Isuzu truck - remains the biggest capacity four-cylinder diesel in the ute category ahead of Toyota and Holden (2.8 turbo diesel), Mitsubishi (2.4 turbo diesel) and Nissan (2.3 turbo diesel).