2019 Ford Ranger Wants To Become America’s Default Midsize Truck

Ford has revealed the hotly-anticipated Ranger midsize pickup truck at the Detroit Auto Show.

Fueled by the growing demand for midsize trucks in the US, Ford developed the new Ranger specifically for North American customers, making it also the first time the Ranger nameplate is offered in these parts of the world since 2011.

Based on a steel frame, the new Ford Ranger comes with an independent front and a solid rear axle from Dana on both 2WD and 4WD models, offering as an option an electronic-locking rear differential (standard on FX2 and FX4 models) for better off-road traction.

Power is provided from the familiar 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that’s upgraded with a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams for added durability. A 10-speed automatic gearbox is the only option and a class-exclusive feature. Ford hasn’t released any performance figures yet.

“Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”

If off-road performance is important to you, Ford will offer the new Ranger with the FX4 Off-Road Package which features more capable shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate and skid plates and an innovative Terrain Management system with four different driving modes. The FX4 pack also introduces Ford’s new Trail Control technology, which is like cruise control but designed for low speeds on rugged terrains.

The new Ford Ranger will also offer a long list of driver-assist and safety systems, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System, Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage, Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Production of the all-new Ford Ranger will start late this year at the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant, with sales set to begin in early 2019.

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  • krusshall

    No long bed with the Supercrew is a major oversight. It also suffers from the same problem as the Colorado/Canyon. The vehicle sits way too high in the back. I’m not sure why it can’t be closer to level.

    • LJ

      They sit high to account for the weight of a fully loaded bed.

      • krusshall

        I would rather have it sit level when empty considering that these midsize trucks rarely get loaded to capacity. Tacomas are generally level when unloaded.

        • LJ

          I’m just telling you the reason.

          • krusshall

            And I’m just sharing my opinion.

          • LJ

            I understand. You asked why it can’t be closer to level and I was just telling you the answer. I didn’t say anything about your opinion.

          • krusshall

            I got it. That’s two times now you’ve told me that you’re telling me the “answer” or the “reason”. Gotta love the internet.

          • LJ

            I was clarifying because you didn’t seem to understand. You responded with “I’m just sharing my opinion”, which had nothing to do with my response.

        • javier

          i had a tacoma and it would not handle well when loaded with a 475 lbs bike, it was fine with a 275 lbs bike

    • brn

      If you need a long bed and a supercrew, you should look at the f150.

  • Day_Trader

    B&O in a FORD?! LMAO 🤣

  • Six Thousand Times

    I like it – especially in XLT Chrome guise. I just wish it would be arriving sooner.

  • Maxime01

    it’s the 2015 model year Ranger, come on! ”brand new” my ****!!

  • badcyclist

    It’s the first American pickup in a long time that doesn’t look like it was designed by Albert Speer. I kind of like it.

    • GT

      Maybe as it’s Australian designed?

  • Bo Hanan

    I’m a diehard Toyota truck-guy and Ford is the only American company I would consider buying a truck from. This Ranger looks real good.

  • LWOAP

    No extra engine choices? Or will that come later on down the road?

    • Jay

      Most likely later on down the road. Hopefully in a Ranger Raptor Variant.

  • Mark S

    The lack of a long bed crew cab could be a problem.

  • Jay

    They hardly show off the two-door variant as if they don’t like them lol

    • Zandit75

      There is no 2 door version for the US.

      • Jay

        Just saying in general brands don’t show the model. I’m sure there will be one sold here. The F-150, Ram and Silverado haven’t shown the 2-door models.

        • Mr_Fanta_Pants

          There’s pics of the new two door Silverado on this very site.

          • Jay

            I saw the white one but you get what I’m saying. It’s the most least shown configuration.

    • Jason Miller

      Crew cab trucks sell more I believe.

  • Nordschleife

    I think it will become that on name alone but I think the Colorado/Canyon twins are better.

  • Bash

    I love it.

  • SteersUright

    Ford needs to temper its expectations. Despite a horrid interior, the Colorado ZR2 is incredibly impressive. Ford is fooling nobody. While we’re all happy to see the Ranger here and eagerly await a Raptor version, everyone also knows this is an old model sold overseas for years and can only be so good as a result. Still, the Colorado and Tacoma can only be so hard to beat, they aren’t exactly cutting edge either perhaps outside of the ZR2 model.

  • Justin Spencer

    Looks excellent and I’m glad to see it back yet I still long for the days when you could get a single cab version!

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