Department of the Interior: 2019 Ford Ranger
Today, readers, we learn the value of keeping browser tabs open. This is a more fruitful activity than, say, leaving a bag of potato chips open — which inevitably leads to soggy crisps.
While viewing the not-yet-ready-for-public-consumption Ford Ranger on Tuesday, a site promptly pulled down by the Blue Oval, we learned of the upcoming midsize truck’s (estimated) pricing and (likely) options packages. The page was largely devoid of interior shots, however. Until now.
It’s not like the Ranger’s interior is a top-secret dossier, given that Dearborn showed it off at this past auto show in Detroit. The truck shown there was a top-spec FX4 model with all manner of kit.
The interior pictures shown on the Ford site don’t seem to pick up on the selection of various option packages. For example, selecting a base Focus instead of an SEL trim displays the low-spec radio instead of snazzy SYNC3 infotainment. With the Ranger tool, checking the FX4 box doesn’t currently add the Terrain Management System knob to the truck’s centre console, for example. The only seat color shown is beige Medium Stone.
Still, the photos give us a good glimpse into what a non-FX4 Ranger will look like. This image shown above is labelled as representing an XLT with Equipment Group 302A. That trim and options produce a truck with cloth seats, top-spec infotainment, and a leather-wrapped wheel. If the photo’s accurate, XLT Rangers will have chrome(ish) trim on the dash and gauges featuring a speedometer and tach bookending a small central screen.
Flipping to a high-zoot Lariat, we see darker trim replacing the shiny stuff, but the model name remains hammered into the plastic ahead of the passenger. Black trim also adorns the steering wheel. Facing the driver is a different set of gauges with a central speedometer flanked by two blacked-out screens. These are likely similar to the reconfigurable units found in the Edge and many other Ford products.
Comparing the two, the Lariat also gains a push-to-start button and stitching along the dashboard’s leading edge. The latter indicates soft-touch material is reserved for Lariat customers. The 502A Lariat is also shown with B&O-branded stereo speakers. There’s an extra spear of chrome along the Lariat’s door pulls as well.
Also, how many other trucks have a hand-operated emergency brake tucked between the driver’s seat and center console? B&B readers, please feel free to chime in.
Side views of the XLT and Lariat interior are markedly similar, with both Crew Cab trucks showing sensible rear seats with an armrest. A manual sliding rear window with a defroster grid appears, as does an underseat storage box of some kind.
Of course, all of this is unofficial and subject to change. Ford says official pricing will be announced within the next week or so.
[Images: Ford Motor Company]
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- FreedMike All 35 units, eh?
- Kwik_Shift Good looking wagon.
- Kwik_Shift I'm kind of excited to check one out. Local dealers are anticipating 3 months for the first one to come in.
- Jkross22 We're all being a little unfair to GM. It could be worse. They could have partnered with Microsoft to deliver RT - that wonderful tablet OS that couldn't run any legacy MS products - and brought it to the car. Or Win 95 and Clippy.
- JMII The change could help GM better collect data from its drivers and passengers, and it could also be used as a foundation if GM decides to charge for subscription services.Could? Like the sun *could* set in the west today?Things didn't so well when BMW tried to charge for this service. This will go VERY badly for GM. Can you imagine the customer service calls?Customer: hello I am trying to hook up my phone to my new car but it isn't workingGM: we offer Google services nowCustomer: ok I use Google all the time, but how do get the stuff on my phone to show on the screen?GM: its doesn't work that way, your phone is not involved at all, just enter all your personal information again into our system and we will manage it for youCustomer: ummm... my [insert name of competitive vehicle here] doesn't work that way.GM: but we've made it easier for youCustomer: seriously, you don't support Apple nor Android? Guess I shouldn't have bought this POS, I'll be sure to tell all my friends to never buy a GM product, have a nice day.GM: ...This ultra-mega-dumb even for GM. I assumed if anything moving forward technology wise more OEMs would stop developing their own systems as a cost savings measure and just let the phone OS handle everything. Seems data collection is more important. Well as long as TikTok isn't installed we are safe right?
Are you kidding me? The Ford Rangers interior looks dated? The GM trucks look ancient and korean car company quality from last decade bad.
I don't mind the console shifter, but thanks to the E-brake, the cupholders are tandem, leaving only enough armrest for one elbow. But then who gets which spot? You're guaranteed to take swig from your buddy's drink repeatedly. You might as well pullover and makeout at that point. A combination console with a column shifter would be fine, but who asked for a center console in a midsize truck with cramped knee area as it is anyway?