Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant on Monday began production of the long-awaited . Ford said in a press release that it spent $850 million retooling the Wayne, Michigan factory to build the Ranger. The plant has about 3,000 employees.
The 2019 Ford Ranger was officially revealed to the public at . It will come with a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine , backed up by a 10-speed automatic transmission. That’ll allow the Ranger to have a best-in-class payload rating of 1,860 pounds and a best-in-class gasoline tow rating of 7,500 pounds (diesel-powered Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon models out-tow the Ranger).
The new Ranger is Sync 3 infotainment with ; safety tech like precollision braking, lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring; and a cruise control-like feature called Trail Control for the FX4 Off-Road package., including destination. Available options include
The 369-acre Michigan Assembly Plant first opened in 1957 and built station wagons, before building the Bronco from 1966 through 1996. Then from 1996 through 2008 it built the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. Most recently, Michigan Assembly built the Ford Focus and C-Max. From 2020, it’s slated to build the .