Ford wants and needs the 2019 Ford Ranger to be a popular vehicle to help boost its overall sales volume. With Ford having discontinued its cars and left the U.S. market with only trucks and SUVs, it’s is working to make the Ranger appealing to families who might typically want a car. Ford is talking up some tech that is integrated into the 2019 Ford Ranger called Belt Monitor.
The Ranger Belt Monitor watches rear seat passengers and makes sure they stay buckled in while the driver’s eyes are on the road. Ranger Belt Monitor not only shows an alert on the instrument cluster if a rear seat belt is unbuckled, but it also shows the position where the seat belt is unbuckled, so you know exactly which kid to threaten.
The Ford Ranger is the first truck in the Ford line to get Belt Monitor, but Ford says that it intends to offer the system in the all-new Explorer and Expedition as well. Over the next few years, Belt Monitor will roll out to the entire Ford line. The first Ford vehicles to get Belt Monitor were the 2018 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
Ford has packed multiple safety features into the 2019 Ranger with standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and the Ford Co-Pilot360 system. Co-Pilot360 has several safety systems integrated including class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage as standard on XLT and Lariat. Adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse sensing systems are offered on XLT and Lariat models.
The Ford Ranger has been hit with concerns over its fuel economy with class action lawsuits underway over allegedly misstated figures. However, real-world tests have shown that fuel economy is on par with what Ford promised.