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 me, 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 my 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 I am excited about, possibly a midsize pickup with a turbocharge 4 making around 300 horses and 350 foot pounds of torque, yup sign me up. I will keep you update as more news comes out on the 2019 Ford Ranger.
The official specs have been released as the truck is getting ready to go on sale. The only engine option is a 2.3 liter turbo four cylinder as was expected and it is paired with a ten speed automatic, also as expected. This benefits the Ranger as it is based off of EPA figures the most gas efficient gas powered midsize truck available (keep in mind other trucks with diesel options beat it in MPG). The truck starts at $24,300 in its most basic form and can creep well in to Ford F-150 prices when fully customized. The 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine in the Ranger is set to make 270hp and 310 lb-ft (I am slightly disappointed that it didn’t clear the 300 hp mark, but seeing that it is a turboed motor I’m sure in no time the aftermarket will get it there). The truck can tow up to 7,500 lbs with a payload capacity of 1,860 lbs which is towards the top of the class of midsize pickups in both categories.
Honestly you always hope that it will be cheaper and have even better MPGs that it does but I honestly can’t be mad at for for this one. The Ranger delivers on most of the expectations and promises of what this truck was supposed to be. I only have two complaints to be honest. The first is that in person the truck to me just didn’t look as good or as bold as it did in some of the online and press pictures (to be fair could have just been missing accessories or could have just been that I didn’t like the particular color that it was in) and the second thing is that when fully optioned out it is well in to F150 territory, especially when you consider some of the crazy incentives that are being thrown around at different Ford dealers around the country to get you in to a F150. It is painfully obvious to me that Ford would rather that you buy one of the big trucks and the Ranger is only there if you must get a midsize. Personally ill be in the market for a midsize truck in the future and I hope that some of the crazy incentives make their way down to the Ranger as well. Guess we will see. Till next time.