Ford Revives Ranger as Truck Sales Boom Beckons Return to US

Dora Pope
January 16, 2018

This new US market 2019 Ford Ranger is largely a "massaged" version of the truck that has been available in the rest of the world for the past six years.

Eight years after discontinuing its smallest truck offering, Ford is bringing back the Ranger pick-up for the 2019 model year. While Ford once argued it was better off just selling more low-end F-150 trucks, the second-largest US automaker now sees opportunity in filling a void in its lineup. "The all-new Ranger is designed for today's midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends".

Rolling out of an assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., the new Ranger is based on an architecture Ford developed for sale around the world, but engineers say every piece of the USA version's frame is new.

More than two years ago, Ford confirmed its decision to re-launch the Ranger midsized truck in North America after killing the model in 2011.

In the United States the Ranger comes with power from the Ford Mustang Ecoboost - the turbo 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol matched to a 10-speed auto.

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It will come in three trim levels: XL, XLT and Lariat. Now, in the metal, we can see the results of this new, midsize truck, and it's shaping up to be something pretty special. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The FX4 trim will feature all-terrain tires, shocks tuned for off-road, frame mounted skid plates, a heavy-duty frame mounted steel front bash plate, and the FX4 badge. It includes four distinct drive modes – normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand.

Our current 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel engines will likely remain unchanged but the new range-topping Ranger Raptor, to be unveiled in Bangkok next month, will be powered by a new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine producing around 150kW and 470Nm in front of a 10-speed automatic. Orians also suspects that while the Ranger has sentimental value for some drivers, most will prefer something more capable and comfortable. Pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control are standard on Lariat.

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The Ranger will be available in both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel- drive configurations. "And that's before we introduce it in the biggest truck market in the world, which is the U.S.".

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