Yes – this is indeed the 2010 Ford Ranger. Even though the compact pickup remains mostly unchanged from the outside on the inside Ford dropped in new standard safety technology – AdvanceTrac and RSC (Roll Stability Control – that helps the 2010 Ranger from skidding or flipping on rollover conditions. The 2010 Ford Ranger also gets a new combination side airbags as standard.
Power comes from a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine that allows an EPA rated fuel-economy of 26 mpg on the highway.
While word on the street is that Ford will eventually kill the Ranger pickup, the addition of new standard safety features hints that Ford will still continue producing the compact pickup.
Click through for the press release.
2010 FORD RANGER: PICKUP ADDS NEW, STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES TO UNSURPASSED FUEL ECONOMY
– The 2010 Ford Ranger will add as standard equipment this summer a segment-exclusive safety technology ““ AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control) ““ that helps prevent skidding and dangerous rollover conditions
– The new 2010 Ranger also adds new combination side air bags ““ offered standard ““ designed for head and torso protection
– With 2.3-liter I-4 engine, the Ranger offers unsurpassed pickup fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway
– Ford has more U.S. government 5-star safety-rated vehicles than any other brand and more IIHS “Top Safety Picks” than any other automaker
DEARBORN, Feb. 6, 2009 ““ The 2010 Ford Ranger comes to market this summer by adding unique standard safety technologies, including Ford”s AdvanceTrac® with RSC® ““ the world”s most sophisticated electronic stability control system that helps prevent skidding and rollovers ““ and combination side air bags.
Industry-exclusive AdvanceTrac with RSC goes a step beyond stability control systems found on competitive models with a gyroscopic roll sensor that determines both the vehicle”s body roll angle and roll rate.
If it detects the vehicle is about to roll, the system automatically applies additional countermeasures ““ such as reducing engine power 15 percent and/or applying brakes to one or more wheels ““ to enhance vehicle rollover resistance.
The new Ranger”s head-and-chest combination side air bags provide enhanced head and torso protection in certain side impacts. The side air bag system is designed to cushion the head, minimizing lateral head injuries in case of collision, in addition to acting as a barrier between the occupant and the side of the vehicle,
“The 2010 Ranger”s Roll Stability Control and combination side air bag technologies will help occupants stay out of harm”s way,” said Steve Kozak, chief engineer of safety systems, Ford Motor Company. “The Ranger has been America”s most fuel-efficient pickup, and now it features a combination of safety features not offered in any other small pickup.”
In addition, Ranger also provides high levels of safety and security with Ford”s Personal Safety System®, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system, all included as standard equipment on all models.
Also standard are four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver- and front-passenger air bags, safety belts with front pretensioners for outboard seating positions and side-intrusion door beams. Ford”s front-passenger sensing system helps ensure air bags are not deployed on the passenger side when small children are detected. Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child-seat mounts are provided in the front-passenger seat on all models.
Further adding value to the Ranger is its class-leading fuel economy and low cost of ownership. With EPA-estimated fuel economy at 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for the 2.3-liter I-4 engine, Ranger offers unsurpassed fuel economy for pickups. Plus its 7,500-mile service intervals for routine maintenance, such as oil changes, help Ranger historically rank among the lowest cost of ownership among all compact pickups studied by Edmunds.com.