The Return of the Ford Ranger (2019)
After about an eight year hiatus for the US market the Ford Ranger is finally set to make its return. The Ranger as you may remember is the midsize pickup truck that used to fit in Ford’s line up right under the F150 and would compete with the likes of the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet S10, Nissan Frontier, Dodge Dakota and for a short period of time the Honda Ridgeline. Now while the Frontier, Tacoma, and Ridgeline all continued on, some with redesigns and some without, and then the S10 left but then returned as the Canyon/Colorado, the Ranger and Dakota were not so lucky. While there is still no word on the Dodge Dakota, the Ford Ranger is finally set to make its comeback. Now granted the Ranger has been missing for us here in the states, but the truck continued to live on over seas, most notably in New Zealand, Europe and South Africa and was considered the “global Ranger”, this, is exactly where the new USA Ranger will gain its roots from. Naturally the truck will have a bit of an Americanized design to it and will slightly differ from the Global version, but the truck still resembles the over seas version, and to us, that isn’t a bad thing. Outside of its look, the new Ranger is expected to keep on with Ford’s “Ecoboost Vision” and will be powered by a 2.3L Turbocharged 4 Cylinder, very much the same one that is currently available in the Ecoboost Mustang and Focus RS, and will be paired up with a 10-speed automatic transmission. In our opinion this is also a good thing as it should yield great gas mileage and will fit the need of most people who need a truck from time to time but are not quite in the need of a full size truck like the Ford F150.
This is another vehicle that is coming up that we are excited about, possibly a midsize pickup with a turbocharge 4 making around 300 horses and 350 foot pounds of torque, yup sign us up. We will keep you update as more news comes out on the 2019 Ford Ranger.