Blind spot worries are a thing of the past when towing with the new Ranger.
The current Ford Ranger sold in overseas markets offers a range of driving aids to make your commute that bit safer, but you are still on your own when towing a trailer or boat. That will all change when the reborn US market Ford 2019 Ranger goes on sale as it will extend its Blind Spot Information (BLIS) system to take into account whatever you may have hitched up to the rear. According to Ford, radar housed in the tailgate will monitor blind spots all the way to the back of the trailer attached.
To cater for the varying lengths of individual trailers up to three trailer profiles will be able to be stored. The system will then alert the driver if any vehicle is traveling next to the trailer. The XLT and Lariat trims will have this class-exclusive BLIS system installed as standard while the lower spec XL trim will have it as an option. Features such as adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist will also be on offer as well and automatic emergency braking will be standard across the range.
Aside from these added driver safety devices the 2019 Ranger will also feature a torquey 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine (the sole option for now) mated to the latest 10-speed automatic transmission that is already equipped in the larger F-150. That and the availability of an off-road package and an advanced terrain management system should see the new Ranger stack up well against the competition when it goes on sale later this year.