2019 FORD

Chicago Sun-Times - - TO DRIVE - — John Stein, for the Sun-Times

NEW & NOTABLE

As Ford evolves into an ex­clu­sively truck brand, their iconic cars still get some love be­fore the in­evitable end of the road. Big news in 2019 for Ford has to be the re­turn of the mid­size Ranger pickup truck, which will ex­cite many who missed the gap-fill­ing size over the six years. Look for a sig­nif­i­cant re­fresh of the hugely pop­u­lar Edge cross­over and some key up­dates for the niche Tran­sit Con­nect van. The Fo­cus gets longer and leaner and looks great for the 2019 model year.

Edge

The 2019 Edge looks for a re­newed en­ergy from con­sumers as it adds more horse­power, ag­gres­sive ex­te­rior de­sign changes and the en­tirely new Edge ST badg­ing to the sta­ble. The first ST badge on a Ford SUV, this Edge ST opens the door for more fun through­out the Blue Oval lineup down the road. Fea­tur­ing a 2.7-L EcoBoost V6, the new Edge ST of­fers an im­pres­sive 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. An ST-tuned sus­pen­sion, AWD and an 8-speed au­to­matic are part of the stan­dard ST pack­age.

Ranger

The 2019 Ranger is an all-new im­pres­sion of what a smaller pickup can be. Fea­tur­ing gor­geous curves and tight lines across the rear, the Ranger is a mod­ern, tech­ni­cally-im­pres­sive util­ity pickup. The 2.3-L EcoBoost 4-cylin­der en­gine should of­fers best-in-class pay­load ca­pa­bil­ity and com­petes at the top for fuel ef­fi­ciency for gas-pow­ered en­gines in the class.

Fo­cus

Com­pletely re­designed for 2019, the Fo­cus is longer and leaner than the pre­vi­ous model. Low-slung and of­fer­ing a more ath­letic pro­file, the new Fo­cus is at­trac­tive for many rea­sons, most notably the im­pres­sive fuel ef­fi­ciency and the at­trac­tive base price of $23,000. In­side stan­dard tech­nol­ogy ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions as does the in­te­rior ap­point­ments and safety fea­tures. Here’s a prayer that a new RS trim level is launched very soon!

OTHER VE­HI­CLES

EcoS­port, Es­cape, Ex­pe­di­tion, F-150, Flex, Tran­sit, Mus­tang and Taurus

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