Early next year, the United States will see the return of one of the toughest trucks the Ford company has ever made – the Ford Ranger. Whether you’re an off-roading fanatic, a worker with difficult jobs to accomplish, or just want to take your boat out to the lake, the 2019 Ford Ranger will be able to provide. This new Ford truck is being tested to its limits to ensure that when it arrives in Ford dealerships next year, it will be up to whatever challenge drivers throw at it.
Ford Ranger chief engineer Rick Bolt explains that automakers “torture every component…to ensure [the Ford] Ranger is ready for any season and nearly any terrain.” What does this intense torture testing look like? It starts with some of the harshest climates in the world – from the deserts of Arizona to the frigid North, the 2019 Ford Ranger has endured it all.
As for terrain, in addition to intense shake tests in the lab and roads manufactured to be rough, real world tests visit rough environments like the Australian outback and steep mountains. In fact, at some locations like the Silver Creek track at the Ford company’s proving grounds, the tests are so difficult that robots are used instead of real drivers to avoid injuries.
From steep climbs with a heavy tow to heading off-road, the 2019 Ford Ranger will be up for the challenge. We know this, because the truck is being tested with the same proven methods and standards as the beloved Ford F-150.
Louisville, Frankfort, and other local drivers can see what testing like this results in when they visit O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville to take a ride in a 2018 Ford F-150. And starting next year, they can welcome back to the beloved 2019 Ford Ranger, tested to the top of its game.