Ford Introduces Reinvented 2019 Ranger and Mustang Bullitt at NAIAS in Detroit

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Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. has revealed the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The upgrades resulted in a midsize truck outfitted with driver-assist technologies to make driving safer on and off-road. Production will begin later this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne and be available for sale in early 2019.

The new Ford Ranger provides a new exterior design, chassis, and powertrain specifically designed for North American truck customers. The Ranger is also equipped with a high-strength steel frame and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine mated to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment.

“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” says Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president for product development and purchasing. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability, and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.”

The 2019 Ranger is available in entry-level XL, mid-level XL, and high-level Lariat trim series with available Chrome and Sport appearances and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. The vehicle prioritizes ground clearance to help climb over off-road obstacles and the FX4 Off-Road Package provides additional trail capability with off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, skid plates, and FX4 badging.

Ford’s Ranger also incorporates driver-assist, passenger convenience, and connectivity technologies including standard Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Reverse Sensing System, and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional technologies on Lariat include Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Ford also brought the 1968 Mustang Fastback driven by actor Steve McQueen in the movie Bullit to the NAIAS stage in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary. A lover of motor cycles and fast cars, McQueen was committed to bringing real speeds, streets, crashes, and an 11-minute chase scene to the film’s set. The Fastback, recently added to the National Historic Vehicle Register, was revealed along with the new Ford Mustang Bullit yesterday.

“The 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (“Bullitt”) is associated with one of the most epic stars in film history and an automotive chase scene that helped propel McQueen to perpetual stardom,” says Mark Gessler, president of the Historic Vehicle Association. “It was the first movie he created on his own and had all the signature qualities for which he aspired. He played an understated cop, fighting the good fight, against all odds.  What he needed was a car to complete his image to enhance his persona. The 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback was just that car.”

Key dates for the 2018 Detroit Auto Show include:

  • Jan. 14-21: AutoMobili-D
  • Jan. 14-16: Press Preview
  • Jan. 17-18: Industry Preview
  • Jan. 19: Charity Preview
  • Jan. 20-28: Public Show

For more information and for tickets, click here.

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