What We Know About the 2019 Ford Ranger Jan 24, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The biggest news to come out of the Detroit Auto Show might have been the return of the Ford Bronco in 2020, but there was also the official confirmation of the return of the Ford Ranger in 2019. If you have been following the automotive news, you know that the company hinted that they were going to produce two new cars during the presidential debates. The official announcement arrived in Detroit in January. Since then, details have been very limited, but experts have figured out a great deal about the upcoming Ranger.
The Current Ranger
There is no current Ford Ranger for American drivers, but that isn’t the case in most other countries. While the light pickup was withdrawn from the lineup in 2011, there is a midsized pickup also known as the Ford Ranger (the T6) that was designed by Ford of Australia and released in 2011. It is currently built in Argentina, South Africa, and Thailand, and sold in practically every market with the notable exception of North America. We do know that the new Ford Ranger will be built at the Ford assembly plant in Michigan and redesigned for the domestic market.
A Facelifted Ranger
An anonymous Ford designer claims that the new 2019 Ranger will be a version of the one currently for sale in foreign markets but with a facelift. The domestic model will have a new front fascia, a new grille, and new headlights, but will share the same body. The interior, on the other hand, will be completely redesigned to meet the unique requirements of the local market.
The new Ranger will be in direct competition with other large to midsize pickups such as the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, and Chevrolet Colorado. These trucks are essentially the same size as full-size pickups were 15 years ago. We might be disappointed by the fact that we won’t get a smaller Ford Ranger similar to the compact 1983-2011 Ford Ranger, but keep in mind that this market has all but disappeared in the United States.
Ranger specifications are even sparser than details about the design. Based on the typical America market and the engines that the international model offers around the world, only one current engine would even be a possibility. This is a 3.2L five-cylinder turbodiesel that you can get on the Ford Transit. Even so, that engine may not be found on the Ranger. The same anonymous Ford designer who revealed the potential redesign claimed that the company is analyzing Chevrolet Colorado sales to determine if they should bother making a diesel engine. Some automotive experts are predicting a naturally aspirated V6 engine and an EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder coupled with the efficient ten-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, Ford might only offer a single transmission on the smaller pickup to reduce costs. This might disappoint anyone looking for a manual.
Whether or not the Ford Ranger can compete with established midsized trucks remains to be seen, but we’re excited for a new model from the Blue Oval with a great legacy and lean looks.