The Return of the Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger was a good little pick-up truck. It was for people who didn't really need a full-sized truck but liked the convenience and usefulness of a truck. It is so much easier to throw stuff into the bed of a truck than the back of a mini-van. Sure, there are other mid-sized trucks on the market like the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. But there is something about the Ford Ranger that sets it apart. We don't have all the information on the new Ranger yet. But we do have some basic facts and reasonable speculation that we're using to flesh out what we are likely to get.


Hasn't the Ford Ranger been available in other countries?

Ford discontinued the Ranger in the United States back in 2011 but continued to produce it in Europe. They began making the Ranger in Nigeria back in 2015. It is actually sold in over 100 countries, just not here in North America.


Will the new 2019 Ranger look like the models that are sold elsewhere?

Ford announced that there would be major changes to the North American 2019 Ranger. The front was supposed to be different as well as the engine options and other features. Prototypes were recently spotted, however, and, from what I can tell, it looks very similar to the new European Rangers. Of course, the prototype isn't fully dressed so that it will look a bit different in paint and full trim.


What engine will the 2019 Ranger have?

Which engine Ford will put under the hood of the 2019 Ranger is the subject of much speculation, albeit speculation based on the usual Ford engine options. It is highly likely that the engine possibilities will include an EcoBoost engine. Perhaps an enhanced 2.5 liter I-4, possibly a 3.3-L V-6 similar to what's available in the 2018 F-150, or maybe a 2.3-L EcoBoost turbo-four, similar to what's in the Mustang, maybe a 2.7-L EcoBoost turbo-six or possibly even a diesel.


Will the new Ranger be expensive?

The price on the 2019 Ranger is expected to be in the range of $20,000 to $25,000.


Will the North American Ranger be available in different cab configurations?

The new Ranger will likely be available with a two-door SuperCab or a four-door SuperCrew cab style. In a full-sized F-150, the SuperCab has 33.5" of leg room in the back seat, and the SuperCrew has 43.6". Those numbers will probably be lower in the smaller Ranger.


What sort of towing capabilities will the new Ranger have?

Based largely on the competition's towing capabilities, the Ranger will probably be able to tow more than 7,000 pounds. Ford will certainly make sure the Ranger is equipped to compete with other trucks its size.


Is Ford going to equip the new Ranger with hi-tech safety systems?

The Ranger produced in Europe has hi-tech driver-assist safety equipment, like a Lane-Keep system, a rearview camera, trailer sway control and Brake Assist. Hopefully, the North American Ranger will be similarly equipped.


Will the new Ranger have a good infotainment system?

Ford will likely only put an AM/FM stereo in the lower trim levels with available options like SiriusXM Satellite Radio, SYNC 3 and SYNC with AppLink. More expensive trims may get an 8" touchscreen with Android Auto and AppleCarPlay compatibility.


Is there going to be a Ranger Raptor?

Yes, Ford has officially announced the new Ranger Raptor. It will make its debut in other countries in 2018. It will, by all accounts, be a scaled-down version of the full-sized, power-packed F-150 Raptor, with the reinforced suspension, skid plates, aggressive look and all. Ford hasn't promised that a mini-Raptor will be made available in the U.S., but it is likely, given the F-150 Raptor's popularity.


Is Ford bringing back the Bronco, too?

Yes, the Bronco is returning, too. Ford won't make the new Bronco available until 2020, though. There was talk of the new Bronco being designed after the Australian Ford Everest. That is not to be the case, though. Currently, it appears the new Bronco will be a shorter, family-oriented SUV. The new Bronco will be mounted on a T6 platform, which is what the Ranger will rest on, but it will be shortened slightly. It will be something along the lines of the Jeep Wrangler.

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