Even though the Ranger has been discontinued from the US market a while ago, the truck has been a constant offering on the International market. Because medium-size trucks are on a roll lately Ford decided to enter the US market once again. Not that long ago the new 2019 Ford Ranger has been confirmed but not much information has been revealed about it. Ford did say the new truck will be based on an existing chassis already in use on the European market. This likely means the US model will be based on the same ladder frame as the European model. This is both good and bad news because it means there are going to be some limitations, especially when it comes to the truck’s size.
We do hope Ford will be able to offer a longer wheelbase model but this is highly unlikely. Instead, expect a Ranger that will share the wheelbase with the European while having a completely new body.
The US version of the truck was actually spied not that long ago testing in Michigan. This truck had the same body as the European model but this was merely a development mule. This means the body won’t make it into production but the truck’s running gear and the engine will. This test mule was likely used to test the US model’s running gear as it had a wider track than its European counterpart.
It also seemed to be slightly higher off the ground which could suggest a completely different suspension setup. Most rumors suggest at this point that the truck will boast leaf springs in the back with coil springs in the front. Not much has been revealed about its price but we would be surprised if it will cost more than its main rivals.
2019 Ford Ranger Exterior
Even though nothing is official, it seems the 2019 Ford Ranger will borrow heavily from Ford’s larger trucks. This is a departure from its sibling which is closely related to Ford’s crossovers. This likely means the US model will get a more muscular look, a more vertical front end similar to what the F-150 has to offer. Expect it to boast a larger grille, larger headlights as well as a higher hood line than the European model.
The cabin will likely be wider than on its sibling as well while the bed should get a few extra cubic feet of space. All of these will allow it to be a competitive product in a market with more than 10 medium size trucks on offer.
Unlike its exterior, the interior of the 2019 Ford Ranger is expected to be closely related to that of the European model. Here the 2 trucks are likely going to be mostly identical. The only real differences between the two are likely going to be the seats and the level of equipment available across the range.
The US model will offer more room for the front passengers and it should provide more kit in the base trim levels as well. The higher-end versions of the truck are expected to come with commodities such as automatic climate control vents for the rear seats, ventilated seats and even an all leather upholstery.
Engine 2019 Ford Ranger
The 2019 Ford Ranger will most likely receive a 2.3 liter turbocharged inline 4 as its base offering. This engine is known to make between 270 and 345 horsepower and north of 300 lb-ft of torque. In fact, it would likely provide significantly more power than its closest rival which would give Ford a huge lead.
Their 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6 is also a real possibility for the trucks intended for fleets. The top end version of the Ranger is likely going to receive a diesel. It still is unclear if Ford will use the 3.2-liter inline 5 version from the Transit or their new 3.0 liter V6. The inline 5 is known to make around 185 horsepower while the new engine is expected to make north of 240 horsepower. Considering the difference between the two, we would expect Ford to use their new V6.
A 6-speed manual will likely be offered as standard on the gas engine while a 10 speed automatic will be offered across the range. Like with most of its rivals, rear wheel drive will be standard with an optional four-wheel drive system.
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