Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Ford’s new Ranger debuted last night at midnight just after the launch of the new Silverado. The new Ranger arrives with modern driver aids, modern infotainment and will sport a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, 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 new Ranger has a unique engine offering in this segment. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost makes about 310 hp and about 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine (on paper at least) will offer diesel-like torque at low RPMs, but also have the power of the up-powered Toyota Tacoma and Colorado/Canyon.
Ranger trims will include the entry-level XL, mid-level XLT. The Lariat trim series with be available with Chrome and Sport appearance packages in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.
The new Ranger will also launch with an FX4 Off-Road Package that will include protective skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, and Ford’s Terrain Management System and Trail Control which sounds a bit like Toyota’s crawl control system.
Power will be distributed through Dana AdvanTEK independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models with an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard on FX2 and FX4). Ranger four-wheel-drive versions will feature 2-high, 4-high and 4-low.
Infotainment will include available Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 4G LTE, and Alexa integration. Driver assist systems will include standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage.
Production of the all-new Ford Ranger will begin in late 2018 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant.
Ford Drops First-Ever F-150 Diesel – Targets 30 MPG & Class-Leading Towing - Video, Images, Specs, TimingBy Gorehamj
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Ford announced a sixth engine option for the F-150 line this week. The new engine is a 3.0-liter, V6 “Power Stroke” turbo diesel. The new engine will produce its peak torque of 440 ft-lbs at 1,750 RPM. To make the most of that twist, Ford has mated it to a diesel-specific SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission which can shift non-sequentially. In other words, it can skip over gears to find the right one for the circumstances. Ford’s aim is to produce the best towing combination in the F-150’s class in terms of efficiency and drivability.
“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”
The new 3-liter Power Stroke diesel has just 250 hp, but will be able to tow up to 11,400 pounds and has a 2,020-pound payload capacity. Ford says this combination makes the new F-150 the best-in-class hauler. Going further, Ford says that this new drivetrain will be the best hauler in the most severe conditions. Rather than an electric cooling fan, Ford has opted for a premium mechanical engine-driven fan plus dual radiator shutters for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance. “We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions,” said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist. “This gives F-150 Power Stroke owners more power and more passing capability in harsh conditions.” Ford says that in moderate driving and towing conditions, the F-150 engine control system will back off the fan load through a viscous coupler and close the radiator shutters for improved aerodynamic efficiency and reduced parasitic engine loss.
Ford’s extensive experience with boosted engines shows in the new engine’s design. With a focus on reducing turbo lag, Ford incorporated a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger. Fuel injection is via a common-rail fuel injection system with a 29,000 pounds per square inch injection calibration. Ford promises smoother, quieter operation and reduced emissions. Borrowing from the new 2.7-liter turbocharged gasoline engine in its trucks, the new Ford V6 diesel uses a compacted-graphite iron block material and has a forged-steel crank. Other features of the new engine include dual fuel filters, a cast-aluminum oil pan, and a two-stage oil pump.
Ford says the new 3-liter turbodiesel F-150 can be ordered in either rear-wheel drive or 4X4 in the following configurations starting this month:
- 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configuration, and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-foot bed configuration.
Commercial Fleet Customers:
- All F-150 trim levels with SuperCrew 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configurations and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5 foot bed.
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Please don't kill the messenger! Motor Trend has named the Ford F-150 its “Truck of the Year” in the same week U.S. News & World Report Autos chose Ford as the best truck brand. Ford can’t seem to lose a contest these days. These wins come just a few weeks after the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) named the F-150 the Truck of Texas for the second straight year.
Nic Phillips, President of TAWA, said of its group’s award, “Ford’s 2018 F-150 Pickup, boosted by its extreme performance 2018 Raptor model along with updated EcoBoost engines and 10-speed transmissions, convinced our journalists to bestow the trophy.”
U.S. News said of the F-150, “The Ford F-150 nabbed the Best Truck Brand award for Ford, with the F-150's capability, safety, and high-tech features putting it over the top.”
What say you GM-Trucks.com faithful? Will GM’s Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra turn the tide in the 2019 model-year with new updates and designs and do these awards even matter?
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