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.
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.
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.
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!
EcoSport, Escape, Expedition, F-150, Flex, Transit, Mustang and Taurus
This auto review was researched and written by SteinPro Content Services and provided to the Sun-Times for publication