Ford Ranger Returns To America With A Turbo’d Four-Cylinder

Hours after Chevrolet introduced the 2019 Silverado, Ford is firing back by unveiling the all-new Ranger.

Set to debut at the North American International Auto Show, the Ranger will join the reinvigorated mid-size truck market that is currently being dominated by the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma.

The Ranger’s front fascia is dominated by a relatively small grille which can be flanked by optional LED headlights. Designers also installed a bulging hood, front fender vents, and muscular wheels arches. Other styling features include vertical taillights and a tailgate with stamped “RANGER” lettering.

Three different trim levels will be available – XL, XLT, and Lariat – and they will be joined by Chrome and Sport appearance packages. Regardless of which trim level is selected, the Ranger will only be offered in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations.

Perhaps the most notable option is the FX4 Off-Road Package which adds special shocks, all-terrain tires, and a “heavy-gauge steel front bash plate.” The off-road features don’t stop there as the package also includes a Terrain Management System with four modes and an all-new Trail Control system which keeps the truck at a slow and steady pace when off-roading.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a thick-rimmed steering wheel and a high-tech instrument cluster with two LCD displays. The model also features metallic accents and what appears to be painted trim on the dashboard.

An assortment of options will be available including an 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as the Ford+Alexa personal assistant. Other notable options include AC power outlets, a premium audio system, and a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot which supports up to 10 devices.

Ford was coy on technical specifications but confirmed the Ranger will be powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that is connected to a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will be standard while four-wheel drive will be optional.

Besides confirming EcoBoost power, Ford said the truck has a fully boxed high-strength steel frame and a double-wishbone suspension with monotube shocks. Other highlights include parabolic rear leaf springs and underbody skid plates on four-wheel drive models.

On the safety front, the Ranger offers Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, and a Lane Departure Warning system. The model can also be outfitted with Adaptive Cruise Control, a Reverse Sensing System, a Blind Spot Information System, and Pedestrian Detection.

The Ford Ranger will go on sale in the United States early next year and additional information will be released closer to launch.

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  • LWOAP

    I’m waiting for the Ranger Raptor so the Colorado ZR2 will have someone to play with.

    • Bash

      Right on the money.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      Well that’ll be also available here in my country soon enough…..it will be debut in bangkok

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    asian styling, could be not working

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Well, it’s about BLOODY TIME, ain’t it, Ford?

    The blokes down in Oz and in Europe have had this truck for HALF A DECADE.
    Better late than never, I guess.

    • WE STILL HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR IT.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      Now we wait for the Bronco

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Yet another, two FUCKING years…

  • Karl

    Welcome back Ford Ranger!

  • Honda NSX-R

    There’s just something that warms my heart about the return of the Ranger..

    • Bo Hanan

      Just old enough to remember all the previous generations. Ford was crazy for discontinuing this truck. When the new Bronco arrives all bets are off.

  • gor134

    Exterior looks good, but I prefer the Colorado and Canyon styling, interior, and powertrain-wise.

    • Shane

      Canyon and Sierra are my favorites for both segments right now and have been since their designs first came out.

  • Mark S

    Substantially beefier than the Global ranger. The first thing I noticed was the lack of that silly front air dam found on the Colorado and Canyon. Very Interesting. One engine option, It will be interesting to see the performance figures and MPG. If it can compare to the competition while bringing in some good mpg this could be a good choice for Ford. It appears more open and roomy than the competition, I would have liked to see a brown in the interior color mix but the seats look great. so far I am digging it. Only one bed length though? That could be a deal breaker.

    • Zandit75

      Two bed lengths, one for the Supercab, and another for the Dualcab. About 1′ difference in length.

  • SgtBeavis

    I wish they had done a bit more to it but I’m betting there will be a redesign in just a few short years when they update the version for the rest of the world. That said, I like this a helluva lot more than the new Silverado.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Apple to smaller apple comparison here…

      • rodriguez256

        He’s still not wrong.

      • SgtBeavis

        I’m really talking more in the context of product releases at NAIAS. The Silverado is nice, but this is genuinely exciting. It overshadows the GM release.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Oh, okay. I see your point then.

  • Evo45

    Looks better than European version from outside

  • Love the update. Makes the five-year-old styling fresh.

  • NICE ENOUGH, CLEAN DESIGN. IF I WERE IN THE MARKET FOR A PICK UP THOUGH THERE’S NO WAY I’D WAIT A YEAR FOR IT.

    • Six Thousand Times

      That’s my problem with it, too.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It’s this and the Tacoma, I Think those are the best looking in the segment.

    • Simon Simmons

      Good grief the Tacoma is the ugliest truck ever, poor transmission, rough ride, poor seating, noisy,differential issues and gutless. Ranger will beat this without trying.

      • dumblikeyou2

        Oh good, I thought I was in the minority thinking the Tacoma looked wimpy even in its sportiest guise. Not to mention the mid-90’s Dodge tail light design.

      • Shane

        It’s as if the Tacoma was made by Jeep lol.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    They put B&O in anything, now. It IS a nice truck, though.

  • jsz00

    That interior is like 6 years old

    • Matt

      The body is even older (9 years)

  • Mark S

    Check the Ford site out more models and colors.

  • Simon Simmons

    Well done Ford.

  • Craig

    I wonder… is a Dakota far behind? [Sadly… probably yes.]

  • haudit

    Oh wow. LED headlights, a new front bumper and a rear end with the name stamped into it. It took them FIVE YEARS to come up with this? Groundbreaking.

    • danno

      It’s about market share and how much does it cost to get that next 2% (or whatever). It takes significant $ to certify and engineer a non NA platform for NA use. Along with the 2.3L and 10 speed drivetrain.
      In other words does the multi billion $ investment return a reasonable profit to the shareholder. It is a business after all. Not defending Ford, it is what it is.

  • marioGTI

    I’m wondering If the taillights are large enough.

  • Jerry Hightower

    No thanks! It’s too big for my taste and for what I used my 2000 Ranger for. Plus it’s way too expensive as are all trucks. They said the old Ranger was losing sales. Well, duh! Ford lost out when they never gave the old Ranger a complete redesign and keeping it small. All of those small pickups are in demand with used truck prices increasing.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The really old guys seem to be keeping the last of the old Rangers alive. 🙂

  • nauticalone

    To launch this, after all this time, with only one engine seems a mistake. I would have liked to see the 2.7 V6 offered as an option. At least it can sync 10 devices….cough cough

  • Paul

    ‘Bout Time. It looks good.

  • diesel_vdub

    Bloated like all the so called “small” pickups. What many want and need is something the size of the small pickups from the 80’s and 90’s . This thing is the size of a full size pickup from that era. It will barely fit in many peoples garages, current Full size trucks definitely do not fit inside a garage. Vehicles overall have gotten too large.
    Remove all the modern safety tech, allow all the Darwin contestants to win their awards more easily.

    • brn

      IIHS gets much of the blame.

    • danno

      I’ll take the new safety tech all day long. The Darwin types will hunt you down and find you. Google search ” Crash test Chevrolet 1959 vs Chevrolet 2009 ” for an eye opener.

  • Rocket

    It might launch with 4-cylinder-only power, but the Raptor will need to have something more potent. The higher output 2.7T would be my guess. Ford would be foolish to not offer a lower output 2.7T on other trim levels, but it won’t surprise me if they really are that stupid.

    • brn

      There also needs to be a lower end option too. A base version doesn’t need 300hp.

    • Matt

      The Asia-spec Raptor is getting a 4-cylinder Diesel.

      • Rocket

        Aussie’s too. We might get a diesel in the U.S. eventually, but I don’t expect one in the Raptor.

  • Jweisberg

    These mid trucks are getting too big.

  • smartacus

    Hey i’m all for this new F-100, but…
    why do they keep calling it Ranger?

    • smartacus

      *update: I’m reading a lot of people saying the same thing:
      it’s an F-100, it’s not a Ranger, it’s got 6-lug rims, it’s not a
      compact pickup, old Rangers just became more popular, etc.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Saving my money for this one. If this the same 2.3 engine in the Mustang, I’m just fine with that. Give me a super cab with the 2.3 backed up to that 10 speed auto with 3:73s and I’m off. I always try to buy the lightest body with the most hp and gearing…..proven family pleaser.

  • john1168

    I like it! Well done Ford! I love how they are using the 10 speed with the 2.3T. I’d like to see Ford also put the 2.7TT or 3.0TT in it too.

    Change the instrument cluster though. I hate that thing! What is Fords obsession with using that instrument cluster? They’ve been using it for years…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks pretty nice but why, again, do we have to wait a year for it? Why don’t I just go out and buy a Chevrolet Colorado today and avoid the delay?

    • Zandit75

      Because you’ll be kicking yourself in 12mths after taking a huge hit with depreciation, and realising the Ranger was worth the wait?!!

      • Six Thousand Times

        Depreciation is only a concern if you’re selling and I wouldn’t – after a year.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.

  • Juan Alvarez

    What does XL and XLT means? No porn puns.

  • SteersUright

    Right truck at the right time. Nice work Ford. Cant wait for the Raptor version!

  • Frank Yoster

    I told ppl itll look like the current ranger in thailand and vietnam ahhaha

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