The rumors come true – the 2019 Ford Ranger is back! This truck used to be very popular in the US. However, the company moved it to Australia, where it became a legend as the F-150 is in its homeland. Now, with Ranger’s return, we are sure that Ford is serious to meet demands of all its fans. The truck is not so necessary to the company since F-Series are covering most of the truckers’ needs. Its future depends on first impressions.
And after the premiere, all fans were sure that 2019 Ford Ranger is going to bring something new. Now, they know why to be jealous to Aussies. Ranger will take the spot under the F-150. The compact truck is going to compete with Japanese pickups – Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma. However, the major rivals come from General Motors – Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. In future, we could see a diesel version of it. For now, we are happy the 2019 Ranger is back.
2019 Ford Ranger engine
Under the bonnet of the 2019 Ford Ranger will be a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with the direct-injection system. Transmission for the truck is the new 10-speed automatic. The drive system also uses a twin-scroll turbocharger. For all-wheel-drive pickup, engineers are setting up a two-speed transfer case. Differentials are DANA Trac-look, with an electronic lock on the rear diff.
Since the 2019 Ford Ranger is going to be used as the off-road working mule, every boost in driving over tough terrains is welcome. So, upgrades coming with FX package are tempting and interesting. A Terrain management system we can find on Raptor version in Australia. Four modes provide the best response and traction. There are selections for sandy, mud, and slippery areas. The last one is normal. Depending on the mode, the transmission will work in lower or higher gear.
V-6 engine is a possibility
If engineers in Ford decide to give Ranger more power, we believe a 3.5-liter can do it. The proven drivetrain is already available on some models. However, experts are sure that V-6 would be too big for 2019 Ford Ranger. The possibility is not high, but hard-core fans still believe in it.
2019 Ford Ranger Design
Well, the 2019 Ford Ranger is relatively new, since it brings distinctive styling to the US market. Dimensions are the same, but the truck had to meet all safety and other regulation. So, unique parts were necessary. Steel frame, double A-arm pillars will boost the stiffness. Two bed configurations are going to be in the offer. Buyers will pick short box version with a four-door cab or extended bed with 2-door configuration.
Interior features and assists systems
The 2019 Ford Ranger will find a lot of help in crossovers and trucks selling in the US. Of course, many accessories are similar to its closest relative, Ford F-150. However, designers don’t want to make two same trucks. Adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are available at higher-end trims. Wi-Fi on the go is something new thanks to FordPass Connect system. Interior styling is recognizable. Ford is using the same language, with plenty of unique details to break the boredom. Smart instruments get the latest updates and the transparency is on the very high level. The second row of seats will offer storage area, which is waterproof.
2019 Ford Ranger release date
Although it had a debut in Detroit in January, the 2019 Ford Ranger is still not available for purchase. And it will remain so until fall. Then, we will see all details and the final production version of this truck. Experts are pointing to weaknesses of compact trucks, that these are not too cheaper than full-size versions, and still less capable to tow. However, by bringing back the 2019 Ranger, Ford is showing care to all of these truckers waiting for its comeback for many years.