Gas is cheap and people are working, so the Detroit Big Three figure it’s time to make hay while the sun shines — by pouring huge amounts of time and money into pickup truck development.
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show was evidence of this, as we saw three huge new truck debuts, each more brimming with tech than the last. Let’s take a look at the most important truck debuts at this year’s North American International Auto Show.
2019 Ford Ranger
The Ranger is back in the US for the first time since 2011, and we think that the kids would refer to that as «lit AF.» We’d agree. The 2019 Ford Ranger is looking to kick sand in the Chevy Colorado’s face with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, possibly the unit from the Mustang if we’re lucky, because that would make the Ranger the most powerful model in its segment and open up a ton of hilarious tuning possibilities. A few of the internals have been tweaked for truck duty, but we’re optimistic.
The Ranger also benefits from some trickle-down Raptor technology in the form of its Terrain Management System, which will help keep drivers out of trouble once they leave the pavement. Other highlights include frame-mounted steel bumpers, an aluminum hood and tailgate, and standard automatic emergency braking and rearview camera.
We’re expecting the Ranger to sell like crazy, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. Ford has remained quiet as to the possibility of getting a Raptor version of the Ranger, as it exists in other markets, but we’re crossing all our fingers and toes in hopes that it happens.