Ford will definitely bring back its mid-size pickup truck home. Blue Oval CEO already announced that at this year’s Detroit auto show, but what’s more important, we managed to catch a prototype of the 2019 Ford Ranger US near its Dearborn headquarters. The testing vehicle is spied totally camouflaged, which is rather expected because it’s in an early phase of development. However, this doesn’t mean that we don’t know what’s cooking beneath.
2019 Ford Ranger US: Styling and Platform Changes
The black-and-white suit doesn’t cheat us at all. The 2019 Ranger won’t look too different from the overseas model. The car manufacturer will likely add some new styling cues that will make the truck more American, but essentially, it will be pretty much the same as today’s model. In the front, Ford’s mid-size pickup will host a twin-bar grille that appears to be borrowed from the facelifted version of the F-150. On the other hand, the bumper and headlights appear to be Ranger’s only. Around back, the truck will get F-150’s taillights and nothing else new.
The 2019 Ford Ranger US will feature unchanged footprint, but the current T6 architecture will host several changes. The modified platform will be shared with the new generation Bronco, so we think it will be significantly lighter from today’s version.
Engine, Transmission, and Driving Options
In contrast to the overseas model that is offered just as the oil-burner, the new, rugged, and body-on-frame pickup truck will host several gasoline options under the hood. The base model will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that is capable of delivering up to 335 horsepower. As for the topping Sport model, it will either use an EcoBoost 2.7-liter or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine.
There should be two oil-burner options as well. The truck will use Transit’s 3.2-liter inline-five and a 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke. For instance, the 3.2-liter inline-five currently delivers 185 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This makes it perfect for a battle with the Chevrolet Colorado. Chevy’s diesel truck gets around 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque from the 2.8-liter Duramax. Most of Ranger’s engines will be paired to Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox, while you will be able to choose between rear-, four-, and all-wheel-drive setups.
Price Range and Arrival
The car manufacturer hasn’t said anything official about the date of arrival of the 2019 Ford Ranger US, but we think it will be introduced at the next Detroit auto show. However, the sale won’t start before the end of 2018. The base price of Ford’s mid-size pickup truck will likely start at around $25,000. As for the topping version, we believe it will go over $40K without any doubt.