Ford Ranger, Re-invented: The Midsize Truck Makes a Comeback in 2019


The Ford Ranger is making a comeback in 2019.

The mid-size pickup truck, which was discontinued in 2011, has been re-invented inside and out.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (2)“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing, in a press release. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s mid-size truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on the weekend.”

The Ranger will come in three trims, entry-level XL, mid-level XLT, and high-level Lariat, with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.

It has a high-strength steel frame, a 2.3-L Ecoboost engine and the only 10-speed auto transmission in the midsize truck segment.

“Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (5) engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” Thai-Tang said. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”

The Ranger is packed with driver-assist technologies, including standard Automatic Emergency Braking, available Lane Keeping Assist, available Lane Departure Warning, available Reverse Sensing System, and available class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage. Lariat trim includes Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

It is ready for adventure with the available FX4 Off-Road Package, which provides additional trail capability with off-road tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates, and FX4 badging.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (4)The vehicle has an innovative Terrain Management System similar to the F-150 Raptor’s, which includes four drive modes: normal; grass, gravel, and snow; mud and ruts; and sand. The system can shift on the fly to automatically change throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing, and vehicle controls to tailor traction, drive-ability, and performance to any given terrain or weather condition.

The Ranger will be available at Runde Auto Group in early 2019.

See Runde Auto Group’s selection of new Ford vehicles here.




All-New 2019 Jeep Cherokee Has Arrived at Runde’s

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The all-new 2019 Jeep Cherokee has rolled onto the lot at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester!

The re-designed Cherokee has a whole new front fascia, hood, LED headlamps, daylight running lamps, and fog lamps.

The vehicle has a new lightweight, hands-free power liftgate and five new wheel designs, including premium 19-inch wheel on Overland models. It also features a dual-pane sunroof.

It boasts improved rear cargo volume and more convenient storage space, as well as small details like the new capless fuel fill that eliminates the need to touch and turn the vehicle’s gas cap when refilling.

Under the hood, the vehicle has an all-new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque equipped with engine stop-start technology to optimize fuel economy.

“A stunning, more premium design and the addition of our new fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbo engine make the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee even more desirable in the mid-size SUV segment,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA Global, in a press release. “In addition, Cherokee builds on its benchmark 4×4 capability and on-road dynamics with refinement and style, a host of new attributes, powertrains and the latest technology that is perfectly situated for consumers worldwide.”

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is available in five trim configurations: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and the rugged Trail Rated Trailhawk. It is manufactured in Belvidere, Illinois.

View Runde Auto Group’s 2019 Jeep Cherokee inventory

Phil Stock Joins Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Sales Team

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Please join us in welcoming Phil Stock to the sales team at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester!

Phil has been in the sales business for about a year and enjoys the face-to-face aspect of the job.

“I enjoy getting to meet new people on a daily basis,” he said.

Originally from Kankakee, IL, Phil now lives in Elkader, Iowa. Growing up, his father instilled in him a love of vehicles, especially the classics.

“Mustangs are my favorite for their look and power,” Phil said.

He is enjoying getting to know his co-workers at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester.

“My experience so far has been good,” he said. “I like the people I work with and around. I’m putting in a lot of training as of now.”

If you are looking for your next vehicle, Phil would be happy to help!

“Great customer service means listening to the customer and finding what fits their needs and budget,” Phil said.

You can reach Phil at or by calling 866-580-9767.