Ford Reveals Rigorous Testing Methods for All-New 2019 Ranger

Ford Reveals Rigorous Testing Methods for All-New 2019 Ranger

Ford has released details on how they are going about testing the upcoming, all-new 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup in order to ensure it is up to their own tough durability standards and is ready for adventure the moment it rolls off the assembly line. The Ranger testing is based on the same proven standards of the F-150 and this quote from Ford Ranger chief engineer Rick Bolt basically says it all; “We torture every component – from its high-strength steel frame to its EcoBoost engine to its cloth and leather-trimmed seats – to ensure Ranger is ready for any season and nearly any terrain.” Ford begins testing of the Ranger in the lab, which progresses to the proving grounds where it is then confirmed through intense real-world challenges in locations near and far. At Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds, a fully loaded Ranger hits the challenging Silver Creek track with impacts so severe that Ford uses robotic drivers rather than humans to reduce the risk of injury. In the lab, a four-post shaker table abuses the Ranger for days to check against annoying squeaks and rattles. From there, in the real world testing, the Ranger’s towing capability is tested in high temperatures on the unforgiving long steep grades of Davis Dam in Arizona while the Australian Outback further tests the truck in one of the harshest off-road environments in the entire world. To handle such rough terrains and other types of adventure, the Ranger will be offering purpose-built features like a Terrain Management System, Trail Control and blind spot monitoring with trailer support plus a number of other features. The truck is expected to make its official return to North America in early 2019.

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