Ford plans to bring back its smallest pickup truck home, but you probably knew that already. What you didn’t know for sure is that the car manufacturer decided not to use a new car-based platform as Honda did with the new generation Ridgeline. Instead, Blue Oval Company will keep the existing architecture. Of course, the carmaker will make several changes, so the U.S.-specs 2019 Ford Ranger won’t have the same characteristics as the oversea sibling.
2019 Ford Ranger: Platform and Engines
The body-on-frame construction won’t be borrowed from the larger F-150 pickup truck, but will definitely include plenty of aluminum. This will make the 2019 Range significantly lighter and more rigid, and will definitely boost truck’s efficiency.
Under the hood, the car manufacturer will most probably offer both gasoline and diesel options. The oil-burner will use the current 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel, which delivers 185 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. In case they decide to add one more diesel option that might be a new turbocharged 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V-6. However, in contrast to the 3.2-liter mill which comes paired with a 6-speed auto transmission, the Power Stroke can be mated to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will get at least two gasoline engines. It will almost definitely use a new direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6. This unit should be capable of producing 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. Yes, the engine gets the same output as the outgoing 3.5-liter mill, but it consumes significantly less fuel. As for the second option, it will be a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of twist. Of course, this unit comes paired exclusively the 10-speed auto transmission.
Redesign Details and Equipment
As we already caught the camouflaged prototype, we have no reason to speculate at all. Okay, the testing model is completely wrapped, but the camo is pretty thin, so we can see what’s coming without any problems. The U.S.-specs 2019 Ranger will no differ too much from its overseas sibling. Moreover, the latest spy shots suggest that it’s going to have almost the same front end. As you may notice, there is the familiar grille and headlights, while the bumper sports a completely new design. Rooflines are identical as well, yet the North American model might come without rails. At least the testing vehicle doesn’t have these.
This particular prototype comes in the Crew Cab configuration, but the carmaker won’t skip the chance to offer the Super Cab model as well. The interior design should not differ overly from the bigger F-150, so we expect the same tech goodies and similar trim levels. Speaking of the technology, the 2019 Ford Ranger will likely feature the latest Sync 3 infotainment system along with and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard safety features will include adaptive cruise control and new pre-collision-assist system with pedestrian detection. In case you want more, there are optional blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and a 360-degree camera.
Starting Price and Arrival
Judging by the latest information, the 2019 Ford Ranger will make the official debut early next year. However, it won’t hit the dealerships before the second half of 2018. The manufacturer should keep the starting price below $25,000.