Review: 4 days with the 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat | KSL.com KSL homepage KSL homepage account

AMERICAN FORK — The Ford Ranger went missing from the U.S. market in 2011 when the automaker discontinued the model. In fact, Chevy’s Colorado has been without competition from an American brand for the past few years. Surprisingly, the new Ranger and rival Colorado are very different trucks and will likely appeal to different potential buyers. And that was only the first of several of the Ranger’s hidden surprises. According to Zach Madsen, fleet manager of Ken Garff Ford in American Fork, the mid-size trucks of today are quite different from what they used to be. “The new Ranger is nothing like people remember. It’s larger, more powerful and capable. The price points may have some reconsidering an F-150 full-size truck, and I doubt they would have thought that coming in,” he said. Ford is also expected to use the Ranger’s platform for a new Bronco SUV and has already announced that most of its car offerings will soon be going away as the manufacturer meets consumer demand for trucks, SUVs and crossovers. Ford’s styling choices for the Ranger immediately distinguish the truck from Chevy’s Colorado. The Ranger is beautiful inside ...

Badged a GLC350e, the plug-in hybrid SUV makes its debut on Tuesday at the Frankfurt International

Badged a GLC350e, the plug-in hybrid SUV makes its debut on Tuesday at the Frankfurt International Motor Show and should be at dealerships within the first half of 2020. Outside the United States, Mercedes will also add a plug-in hybrid version of the GLE with a diesel engine for an extra efficiency kick. We’ll also receive a plug-in hybrid GLE, though with a gas engine. The powertrain of the GLC350e is comprised of a 2.0-liter inline-4 and an electric motor-generator integrated with a 9-speed automatic transmission. System output is 315 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, or enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in about 5.6 seconds. Drive is to all four wheels as standard. The electric motor-generator, which also serves as the engine’s starter, is able to recover energy under braking and store this in a 13.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Mercedes quotes a range of 30 miles on a full charge of the battery, though this is measured on the lenient NEDC cycle. An EPA-rated electric range will likely come in below 20 miles. For buyers opting for the GLC’s Multimedia Package, the GLC350e plug-in hybrid powertrain benefits from route-based operation, where fact...