2019 Ford Ranger Spotted Doing Last Minute Tests Ahead Of Next Year’s Launch

Ford unveiled the 2019 Ranger at the North American International Auto Show but the truck won’t go on sale in the United States until early next year. The company isn’t just twiddling its thumbs in the meantime as Ford is continuing to test the model to ensure it’s up to snuff.

While this particular prototype -shot by Carscoops reader Brett Borgard – is camouflaged, there isn’t much reason for it as the company has already released countless photos of the upcoming pickup. As a result, we skip over the usual styling details and mention some of the highlights that Ford has already confirmed.

The Ranger will be offered in three different trim levels and the truck will only be available in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations. Two styling packages will be available but customers looking for more meaningful upgrades will want to stick with the FX4 Off-Road Package. It includes the usual off-road goodies such as special shocks, all-terrain tires and underbody skid plates.

While there’s where most off-road packages would call it a day, the Ranger’s package also includes an electronic-locking rear differential and a terrain management system with four different modes: normal, grass, gravel / snow and mud / ruts. The package also adds a Trail Control system which will keep the truck moving at a slow and steady speed while off-roading so drivers can focus on steering.

Regardless of how customers configure their Ranger, all US-spec models will come equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that is connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Ford hasn’t released performance specifications but the engine produces 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque in the Mustang.

The Ranger prototype was part of a larger convoy on vehicles which included the 2020 Explorer. The crossover will be launched next year and Ford has already confirmed plans for a hybrid variant as well as a high-performance ST model. The latter is expected to use a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces around 400 hp (298 kW / 405 PS) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.

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Picture Credits: Brett Borgard

  • Craig

    Automatic only? That’s too bad.

    • Dubble Bubble

      Other than the Mustang, is Ford is getting out of the manual transmission business?

    • flyfish

      Hey Ford, want to sell 15% more Rangers? Take the 6sp MT used in the Mustang and drop it in the Ranger… Pretty sure it will mate up the eco-4.

      You should do the for the Bronco as well.

      Please wake up and pay attention.

  • MarkoS

    The lack of a long bed super-crew could be a deal breaker for many.

  • Huskerproud

    I really do understand why Ford will only offer an automatic transmission in the new Ranger. I really do understand why Ford will not be producing a straight 2 door version in the ranger. I DO NOT understand why Ford won’t be producing a V6 as well as the 4 in the new Ranger. I do know that if my only option is a 4 I will not be buying a new Ranger as planned.

    • Nick Moore

      it would compete with the F-150. If your competition is only producing 280 to 300 hp with a V6 (toyota). If you put a V6 in there it would have the same power train as the F-150.

  • Ken Lyns

    Why does Ford bother camoflaging the whole truck when it’s been revealed at the auto shows already?

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