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Ford Ranger keeping Team Sky on the road during Tour de France

Ford Ranger keeping Team Sky on the road during Tour de France

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The greatest cycle race in the world, the Tour de France is on right now. Elite cyclists from across the world are competing in over 3,351km of flats, mountains and hills across 21 days in France. As well as the riders, there are also the support vehicles and team cars that often outnumber the competitors. The best team in the world right now, Team Sky, are using a Ford Ranger as one of their team vehicles.

 
The Ford Ranger forms part of Team Sky’s ‘Share the road’ initiative which aims to promote harmony on the road and alleviate some of the tensions between cyclists and drivers. With more cars and more cyclists than ever competing for space on the road, tensions can often run high. This promotion seeks to lower that by reminding people that roads are for everyone.
 
Team Sky rider Chris Froome is the four-time Tour de France champion and seeks to win a fifth win this year. A wide selection of top riders from across the world will do their best to stop him. Somewhere in that mix will be the Ranger in Team Sky colours.
 
2019 Ford Ranger
The 2019 Ford Ranger has been a common sight on the roads of Europe for years and is making a comeback to Canada. It was discontinued back in 2011 to make room for the expansion of the F-150. Now Ford are bringing it back as the smaller sibling to the world’s best truck.
 
The design is similar to its larger relative in that it uses the global design. It has an attractive exterior that manages to be both rugged and relaxed. There is little obvious space given to being tough but the truck undoubtedly is. Inside, you will see the same levels of comfort you get in the F-150, just on a slightly smaller scale.
 
Under the hood will be a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four cylinder. It will use Ford’s tried and tested 10 speed automatic transmission. There will also be a 2.0-litre turbodiesel at some point but the exact rating and release date have yet to be confirmed. There may also be a hybrid version but again, we don’t know for sure yet.
 
The 2019 Ford Ranger is expected in SuperCab or SuperCrew configurations with XL, XLT, and Lariat trims. Again, specifics have yet to be published. Expect safety to feature highly with blind-spot detection with trailer coverage, pre-collision assistance, lane keep warning and assist, available adaptive cruise control and emergency braking to be either included or available as options.
 
Production begins in late 2018 at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, USA with a release date late this year or early 2019.

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