FORD CON­TIN­UES TEST­ING ON NEW RANGER

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FROM GRU­EL­ING LAB TESTS TO RO­BOTIC TEST­ING TOO HARSH FOR HU­MANS TO EN­DURE, FROM JAGGED TRAILS IN THE AUS­TRALIAN OUT­BACK TO THE ARI­ZONA DESERT, FORD IS TOR­TUR­ING ITS 2019 RANGER TO MAKE SURE THE ALL-NEW TRUCK IS UP TO “BUILT FORD TOUGH” DURA­BIL­ITY STAN­DARDS AND READY FOR AD­VEN­TURE.

Ranger test­ing is based on the same proven stan­dards of the leg­endary Ford F-150.

“We tor­ture ev­ery com­po­nent—from its high­strength 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,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief en­gi­neer.

Ford’s rig­or­ous ap­proach to en­sur­ing Ranger qual­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity starts in the lab, pro­gresses to the prov­ing grounds, and then is con­firmed through in­tense real-world chal­lenges in lo­ca­tions near and far.

At Ford’s Michi­gan Prov­ing Grounds, a fully loaded Ranger hits the bru­tal Sil­ver Creek track with im­pacts so se­vere, ro­botic driv­ers are used so hu­mans aren’t in­jured. In the lab, a four-post shaker ta­ble abuses Ranger for days to check against squeaks and rat­tles.

In the real world, Ranger tow­ing ca­pa­bil­ity is tested in high tem­per­a­tures on the un­for­giv­ing, long, steep grades of Davis Dam in Ari­zona, while the Aus­tralian Out­back treats the truck to more heat and chok­ing dust over harsh of­froad ter­rain.

Of­fer­ing pur­pose-built fea­tures like a Ter­rain Man­age­ment Sys­tem, Trail Con­trol and blind spot mon­i­tor­ing with trailer sup­port, plus a host of available ad­ven­ture-ready fea­tures, the all-new Built Ford Tough Ranger makes its exciting re­turn to the United States in early 2019.

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