2019 Ford Ranger: Spied

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We're beginning to see more photos of the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger from our spy shooters as Ford continues to sort out sizing and configuration issues for the revived, new U.S. mid-size pickup truck. Ford has decided where to build it — not far from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport — but it's still a long way from actually producing the resurrected Ford Bronco SUV for model year 2020 (to be produced at the same plant) or Ranger.

Here's what our spy shooters captured on film in Detroit, along with their report.

"We just caught a prototype for the 2019 Ford Ranger — in the form of a regular-cab work truck — being tested at a supplier in Michigan. Will Ford offer a stripped-down work Ranger for cost-conscious U.S. tradesmen?

"While the U.S.-bound Ranger has been caught testing elsewhere in the U.S. since early this year, all prior prototypes have been passenger-friendly crew cabs. This new prototype's simple two-door design is clearly aimed at the no-frills crowd to haul gear and maybe another co-worker or two to the job site. This sort of a Ranger is a staple in the global markets in which the truck is already being sold, but the exact mix of body styles and specifications is still unknown for the U.S. market. It should be noted that no mid-size pickup maker offers a regular cab.

"If this Ranger's appearance on the American test scene is really a harbinger for a U.S.-spec offering, then Ford is serious about capturing market share across a wide swath of truck buyers.

"The prototype shows off the new front end that will be applied to the relaunched Ranger in the U.S., while also serving as the mid-cycle face-lift for the global Ranger. We got a solid look at the redesigned grille hiding behind the black camouflage, revealing a two-bar cross-member design. The headlights in play on this latest prototype look old school, without any expensive look-at-me LED effects — just what one would expect from a stripped-down, budget-minded work truck.

"We also got a good look at the Ranger's underbody. The fact that the underside looks clean enough to eat from suggests that this is a newly built prototype. Just what it means for the U.S. market is still unknown, but it's very interesting, indeed, to see it being tested in Motor City."

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Comments

I wonder if this will get the 2.7 ecoboost from the f-150 or the 4 cyl. from the mustang? If the 2.7 with the 10 speed is an option I will be looking at this for my next truck for sure

Doesn't look that promising. Too little too late.

Looks like a 1997 F150 regular cab in camo. Probably about the same size too

"Doesn't look that promising. Too little too late."

Posted by: GMSRGREAT

You must hear that a lot, Hahahaha!

But seriously, do you have any idea what a regular cab truck means for Ford in this market? They will own the small delivery fleet truck sales segment. The small work truck's been missing since the last Ranger. GM missed it again... bigly, Hahahahaha!!!

Ford will sell more low profit models to fleets? Great!

On another note, look at those lower shock mounts! Hopefully they don't make a Raptor version using these lower shock mounts.

GM missed it again... bigly, Hahahahaha!!!

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Aug 11, 2017 2:43:03 PM

Do you ever read your comments before posting. How many mid size trucks has GM sold since their re introduction.
Now you know how silly you fan tords sounds.

Another piece of garbage from Ford, nothing new here.

Do you ever read your comments before posting. How many mid size trucks has GM sold since their re introduction.
Now you know how silly you fan tords sounds.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT

I know how many unsuccessful mid-sizers GM tried to sell.

"Ford will sell more low profit models to fleets? Great!"

Posted by: Tyler

A sale is a sale.

Looks like an F-150, nice try fake media!

What is with those lower rear shock mounts again?

"Doesn't look that promising. Too little too late."

My concern is that it will be too much. I want to be able to stand beside the truck bed and reach the floor in the middle and be able to get in the cab without using steps. Most of the trucks on the road today are nearly as big as a full size and burn as much gas as a full size, I might as well use the full size truck that I already own.

"What is with those lower rear shock mounts again?"

Posted by: oxi

Offset shocks on lower mounts helps mitigate axle wind-up. But you already knew that because you learned geometry.

I want to know what axle is under there. It's got a removable 3rd member that I don't see in any other Ford products

Good. Offer something the competition doesn't. A regular cab small work truck. Just like Ford said they would.

Last week a normal unpaid guy posted a couple pictures of a non-camo'd Ranger that had just been unloaded from a covered truck. Hope PUTC did not pay for these photo's

Oxi doesn't understand axle wind-up. That wimpy 3.5 V6 in his Tacoma doesn't make enough torque to cause it.

This is what the auto parts stores need. Regular cab long bed 2wd crank windows stick shift 4 cylinders.

Offset shocks on lower mounts helps mitigate axle wind-up. But you already knew that because you learned geometry.

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Aug 11, 2017 3:44:02 PM

This is not an 80s Mustang with uncontrollable wheel hop. Axle wind up is controlled by more ridgid things like control arms, trailing arms or torque rods.

If this looks anything like the global ranger then I think it will be a huge swing and a miss..

check out the new Excape front end, the Ranger has the same

That's not it.

This is not an 80s Mustang with uncontrollable wheel hop. Axle wind up is controlled by more ridgid things like control arms, trailing arms or torque rods.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Aug 11, 2017 7:45:02 PM

Staggered shocks with lower shock mounts like those on GM trucks and now Ford trucks (the F-150 went to a similar staggered setup in 2015 I believe) are a simple way to reduce axle wrap and more imporantly, control axle "tramp".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVQ5iZQTQJI

Control arms and trailing arms are nice but add cost and could potentially hurt offroad performance (travel, articulation, etc).

Good luck with those lower shock mounts when you bottom out the rear, boom, their they go!

Oh wait, do not expect a truck like to off-road, so it remains a street queen!

@oxi, i tried googleing tacoma rear shock mounting and couldnt find anything but articles about rear upper shock mounts rusting and shearing from the frames seems to be a really big problem with the Tacoma. How are the Tacomas rear shocks mounted do you have reference to an article that I can reference? Thanks

At least this looks like a truck, and not some Explorer-based Sport Trac with lipstick. Ford fans who were holding out for a new midsizer are going to be disappointed in my opinion.

Unless Ford shows up with an affordable and up to date pickup when the Ranger comes out, you'll hear plenty of weepin' from the Ford fan boys.

"But seriously, do you have any idea what a regular cab truck means for Ford in this market? They will own the small delivery fleet truck sales segment. The small work truck's been missing since the last Ranger. GM missed it again... bigly, Hahahahaha!!!"
---- Posted by: redbloodedxy | Aug 11, 2017 2:43:03 PM

That assumes it's going to be any smaller than the GM twins. While I would like it if it were, I honestly don't expect it. Now, if they make an extended-cab version with a truly flat floor behind the front seats, then I'll be somewhat pleased. I'd still rather it be no larger than the old Ranger, but I'm not betting on it; Ford already said it would be too close to the size of the F-150 for comfort.

@ Evan,

You are really a t r o l l.

I have owned Toyota trucks for over 25 years now, not once have I ever had rusted shock mounts or rusted frames and I live in Wisconsin!

You people will believe anything being a Toyota h a t e r.

Grow up!

"If this looks anything like the global ranger then I think it will be a huge swing and a miss."
---- Posted by: PainfulWhale | Aug 11, 2017 7:49:44 PM

Looking like the global Ranger would be a mark in its favor. Sized like a '90s F-series would be a mark against it.

Fortunately, it seems the Big Three are now migrating away from the Fake BigRig grills but they're still much too large for my wants and needs. Back to the first generation Ranger with an extended cab and short bed would be perfect for me; as long as the cab is modern and I can slide the seat back far enough for a 6'+ driver comfortably. That's something Toyota hasn't figured out yet.

I'm betting it will be called F-something...then it can add to the numbers Ford says they sell and include it in the F Series sales total. Either way I think a smaller reg cab short and long box no frills truck will do great for run a rounds and small jobs. Maybe what GM should add.

Again, Ford sponsored "Spy" pix.

I wonder if this damn thing will be made out of aluminum to

looks like to me the rear diff is Toyota

I very much doubt this Ranger variant is aimed at the US, more like Latin Americawhere a LHD as the single cab is popular., Australia, New Zealand , Latin America and South Africa are the markets where bulk of the Rangers are sold

I would hope it's not a Tacoma rear axle. Those things are burning up ring gears and leaking oil all over the driveway these days.

Fortunately it's a Dana Spicer axle.

"I wonder if this damn thing will be made out of aluminum to"

First of all, its too.

Second, I hope it is Aluminum. saving weight saves fuel, increases tow/payload numbers, and never rusts.

If it comes with an inline diesel i will get one for sure. My past rangers were good little trucks. For now i will stick with my ultra reliable Canyon Diesel. 53,000 miles and no issues at all, and gets 30 mpg as a daily driver.

I wonder if this damn thing will be made out of aluminum to
Posted by: Tom | Aug 12, 2017 12:04:53 PM

A 2.7 EcoBoost ALUMINUM Ranger??? That would be a good day for America.

Doesn't look that promising. Too little too late.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Aug 11, 2017 1:43:23 PM

Yet, when they sell 200,000 of these you'll cry "fleet sales queen".....

Yeah , ford killing it again !!!!! That Ranger looks good let's see what all of the garbage motors cry babies are going to said.

NO WONDER THEY CALL THEM GARBAGE MOTORS HAGAHAHA.


Billion-dollar deal reached in ignition case, and GM is furious

REUTERS

Aug 11th 2017

Plaintiffs suing Garbage Motors over faulty ignition switches and other alleged vehicle defects have reached a $1 billion settlement requiring the automaker to turn over that amount of stock, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said in a court hearing on Friday.

GM lawyer Richard Godfrey strongly criticized the agreement, telling U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan the Detroit-based company was given no say in the deal negotiated between the plaintiffs and a trust set up for creditors of "old GM," which holds many liabilities predating the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy.

Godfrey said the settlement was a result of collusion between the plaintiffs and the trust, and "a complete surrender and sellout using new GM's money."

The ignition switch litigation consolidated before Furman stems from GM's 2014 recall of 2.6 million vehicles with defective switches. One type of switch has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and 124 deaths. The claims have expanded to include a variety of alleged defects in millions of cars.

GM said in a statement it would fight the settlement in court, calling it a "contrived scheme" doomed to fail.

According to Steve Berman, the plaintiffs' lawyer, the settlement called for the trust to take on $10 billion of ignition switch claims, which would boost the total claims against the trust to more than $35 billion.

He said that would trigger a provision in GM's bankruptcy reorganization plan requiring "new GM" to transfer about $1 billion in stock to the trust, which would be used to fund the settlement.

In a phone interview after the hearing, Berman said the settlement would resolve about 11.9 million economic loss claims and between 400 and 500 personal injury and wrongful death claims. He added that he expected to ask the federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan by Tuesday to set the deal in motion.

About 2.4 million claims, involving vehicles sold after GM's bankruptcy, would remain, Berman said.

"The notion from new GM that this is somehow an inappropriate procedure is crazy," he said. "They bargained for this."

Godfrey told the hearing the trust had $400 million in its own assets that could be used to fund a settlement, instead of requiring GM to turn over stock.

After the hearing, GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey said the automaker had been told the deal would include a $15 million payment from the trust releasing it from liability, effectively shielding that $400 million. That was not discussed at the hearing, and Berman declined to comment.

GARBAGE LIKE ALL FORD CRAP. LOOKS LIKE A OLD F150.

" I hope it is Aluminum. saving weight saves fuel, increases tow/payload numbers, and never rusts.
---- Posted by: Chris | Aug 12, 2017 7:44:26 PM

Well, two out of three ain't bad. Aluminum does corrode in the same way iron and steel corrode. The only difference is in the color of the 'rust', which is a white powdery scaling rather than red.

Lord, Mr. Ford! Just come out with a new "small" Ranger already! These giant "Midsize" pickups are too big and way too expensive.

Looks like a toyota rear differential.

Yet, when they sell 200,000 of these you'll cry "fleet sales queen".....

Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Aug 12, 2017 8:26:31 PM

I haven't seen one for sale anywhere. Where are you getting those #'s.?

Yep agree.
Toyota, if they only could figure out how many Hilux PU's they could sell could set the course. It seems offering compact trucks are beyond the imagination of all these companies - what consumers desire and or will need in the very near future vs making a new truck just to compete with another brands already too large, heavy and costly midsize truck.

That was in reply to Mr Hightower

Actually, compact pickup would not sell well. We Americans are fat asses, a midsize vehicle of any kind is barely just enough to for our fat asses. Compacts are better suited for young people who has not yet plumped up. Midsize and fullsize is the way of the West.

We Americans are fat asses, a midsize vehicle of any kind is barely just enough to for our fat asses. Compacts are better suited for young people who has not yet plumped up. Midsize and fullsize is the way of the West. Posted by: uh huh | Aug 13, 2017

@uh huh

Whatever. I like plenty of room to stretch out.

Most of these cramped cars and trucks designs of the last 30 years are stupid. If you like being cramped into a little seat on the airliners or in your truck that's your business. I hate it.

I'm betting it will be called F-something...then it can add to the numbers Ford says they sell and include it in the F Series sales total.
Posted by: Budsy47 | Aug 12, 2017 9:28:55 AM

Yep, something along the lines of F-anger... lol



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