2019 Ford Ranger Interior, Engine: Spied

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As you might expect, our spy photographers have to be careful not to attract attention from engineers doing their new-vehicle testing. But if they do, for example, want to get shots of an open hood or preproduction interior, things can get a little tricky — as evidenced by the quick hands here. Thankfully, we can say no animals (or humans) were harmed in the making of these spy photos, but they do tell us an interesting story. It looks like Ford interior engineers are making some small modifications to the global Ranger to better suit the U.S. marketplace.

Here's what our spy shooters just sent us:

"We got our first look inside a Ford Ranger prototype caught testing in Colorado, along with a peek under the hood and a prototype that would fit the bill as the Ranger FX4 in the U.S. lineup.

"Despite the engineer's best efforts to block the camera from capturing the dashboard, and his follow-up admonition that 'You are not supposed to do that!' we can now see the interior that is fitted to the Ranger test trucks being developed in America. The interior looks to have a lot in common with what we see in the current global Ranger. We had wondered how much a U.S. launch for the Ranger would influence the design. Given that the U.S. Ranger's launch should coincide with the mid-cycle facelift of the global model, seeing a somewhat familiar dashboard makes sense and suggests that Ford will remain cost-conscious while developing the Ranger for America.

"While not as extreme as the coming Ranger Raptor, the latest prototype caught testing shows signs of ruggedness that may well point to a Ranger FX4 equivalent for American showrooms. The new prototype sports aggressive wheels, a front skid plate, and tow hooks mounted in the front bumper.

"We also managed a look at the engines on two Ranger prototypes. The engines show a sea of wires and sensors, making it difficult for us to I.D. which engine is revealed here; perhaps someone else can discern more. Grabbing these photos motivated a Ford engineer to get a little physical and threaten to 'bust up' my camera, with a few choice F-bombs for effect. Just mentioning that for the record.

"We'll remain on the lookout for future developments on U.S.-spec Rangers. For now, have a look at what's currently under development on U.S. soil."

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Comments

This will have the General Malaise fankids going nuts. Que the clowns........

Looks like a DOHC four cylinder gasser. Probably their 2.5

Not my cup of tea, but I can see why the chevy and gmc have the shakes now. Once they get going and selling these, I predict after 6 months and the totals are up, and we then calculate total truck sales, Ford will continue in its domination. Then the GM twin defenders, will complain that we are lumping them all together, which we can, since at that time they will be playing. For now, since Ford is in the mid to HD segment, they are number 1.

Tnt, gms, johnny, papa, sierra (all the same person using different names) DEFEND AWAY. (sorry you will need to do that :))

@Nitro

so Ford's totals will jump in what year (2020?) Still waiting for Ranger.

is that an inter-cooler in the bottom opening or just the bottom portion of the radiator?

s that an inter-cooler in the bottom opening or just the bottom portion of the radiator? Posted by: evan | Sep 27, 2017

@Evan

I think it's hand-crank you use to start the engine in the morning. after that you just leave it idling so you won't have to hand crank it again till tomorrow morning.

The Tacoma has nothing to be afraid of now, especially looking at that interior...

As you might expect, our spy photographers have to be careful not to attract attention from engineers doing their new-vehicle testing. But if they do, for example, want to get shots of an open hood or preproduction interior, things can get a little tricky — as evidenced by the quick hands here. Thankfully, we can say no animals (or humans) were harmed in the making of these spy photos, but they do tell us an interesting story. It looks like Ford interior engineers are making some small modifications to the global Ranger to better suit the U.S. marketplace.


Ok Mark,

"The interior looks to have a lot in common with what we see in the current global Ranger. We had wondered how much a U.S. launch for the Ranger would influence the design. Given that the U.S. Ranger's launch should coincide with the mid-cycle facelift of the global model, seeing a somewhat familiar dashboard makes sense and suggests that Ford will remain cost-conscious while developing the Ranger for America."

Quit gushing already. The article clearly states the US Ranger will probably get a cookie cutter dash to save money, which is fine. But seriously, do you read differently when someone puts a Ford symbol in front of you?

Also explain to me how the spy photographer gets an engine compartment shot from an uncooperative driver? I don't mind giving credit where credit is due but when you put on the blue glasses, it's hard not to comment.

The Tacoma has nothing to be afraid of now, especially looking at that interior...


Posted by: Tyler | Sep 27, 2017 1:43:01 PM

Are you really serious? It's a test mule. Hey, whatever makes you sleep better at night.

@Frank I bet that 3" radio display makes it into production. Along with the classic Ford hard plastic dash.

@Frank I bet that 3" radio display makes it into production. Along with the classic Ford hard plastic dash.

Looks as ugly as the Honda.

There is nothing wrong with the dash. The Ranger with is its extra cabin space is best in class according to overseas reviews. They also say it has nicer front seats than the Colorado too. I also read the Colorado isn't as good as the Ranger off-road or for hauling and towing.

What the hell's going on under the hood?

@papa, thanks, I see you finally realized it.

Not my cup of tea, but I can see why the chevy and gmc have the shakes now. Once they get going and selling these, I predict after 6 months and the totals are up, and we then calculate total truck sales, Ford will continue in its domination. Then the GM twin defenders, will complain that we are lumping them all together, which we can, since at that time they will be playing. For now, since Ford is in the mid to HD segment, they are number 1.

Tnt, gms, johnny, papa, sierra (all the same person using different names) DEFEND AWAY. (sorry you will need to do that :))


Posted by: Nitro | Sep 27, 2017 1:13:56 PM

A lot of die hard Ranger guys will definitely buy in, but my guess is it will be scraping off the f-150 sales tally as much as any truck in it's segment. The same happens to GM right now, just ask the guys buying them. "Didn't need the size, space, or bigger engine, just wanna haul my grass clippings to the dump on Saturday." Some guys will want a Ford and not want to pay the entry price for a F-150. Using the Global Ranger should at least keep the price down.

It will cannibalize sales of big brother...

It will cannibalize sales of big brother...


Posted by: andrwken | Sep 27, 2017 3:00:22 PM

$h!t like this only happens to GM. I never seen anyone cross shop an F-150 and Ranger. Heck, most Ranger owners I know are either import guys or GM chevy lovers.

LMFAO!

Ford needs to communicate WHAT this truck actually is.

Is it an all new Ranger, or is it the same old Global Ranger that anyone outside of North America could buy since forever?

The answer to that question determines whether you can expect to pay 25-30k for a base model, or if Ford is forced to compete with base model Frontiers for pricing, in the area of $20k.

Big difference.

I thought that Fords investment in aluminum and turbo charged engines meant they didn't need a mid-size truck.

It will cannibalize sales of big brother...


Posted by: andrwken | Sep 27, 2017 3:00:22 PM

$h!t like this only happens to GM. I never seen anyone cross shop an F-150 and Ranger. Heck, most Ranger owners I know are either import guys or GM chevy lovers.

LMFAO!


Posted by: Frank | Sep 27, 2017 3:03:06 PM


That's because they haven't sold one in 5 years!

You were what, 7 when ford sold their last Ranger in the US?

Sorry you need to defend GM.

@papajim
Since Ford in Geelong is designing these for many different markets including the US one, there is going to be a lot of commonality with the Global Ranger.

The Global Ranger has been refined for years, and is a highly rated truck. Why WOULDN'T they keep as much the same as possible? It will create a great starting point to then tweak to meet market wants and needs here.

The dash looks like it is right out of a Escape. Skid plate looks like it will catch a rock or two in the front

What a joke, people keep talking and comparing this thing to the last Ranger, Which Mazda Made not Ford.

Mazda Made not Ford. Posted by: Chevy Blows Chunks | Sep 27, 2017

Wrong.

Mazda had a plant in Flat Rock Michigan, but the Rangers and B-series pickups were built in the Twin Cities plant in Minneapolis/St Paul

I can't wait for the Ranger. My 2015 F-150 is junk. The bed is falling apart and the thin aluminum foil rips if you just look at it wrong. The 2.7 Ecoboost burns so much oil I have to top it off once a week. Wow what junk.

https://www.f150forum.com/f118/2016-17-f150-2-7l-oil-consumption-rough-idle-misfire-ex-smoke-tsb-17-2077-a-381323/

Seems if everyone is developing" 1 Tonne" Pickups outside NA.
Not only Hyundai has a "Hilux Fighter" but PSA is joining a Chinese manufacturer to bring one to market in 2020. BMW said they ere looking at doing their own after criticising Mercedes efforts with the X Class
.
https://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/details/psa-developing-one-tonne-ute-with-changan-109191/

Perfect!
Not a land ark like F-150. Hopefully won't be built of aluminum and nice size for taking thru dirt trails to my favorite fishing spot. Friend of mine took his full sized Silverado out there once. Ever heard of the 21 point turn!? Geesh
Already checked out the Canyon and look forward to comparing this to it. This truck seems a little larger to me, but not to large.

Don't look for Ford to do anything revolutionary with the Ranger except maybe a turbo motor upgrade. If their drivetrain options include a stick shift, an automatic, 4wd and a turbo 4 cylinder performance option, they will have hit the bases that I care about. Since Ford's V6s are nothing special, it would be cool to see them produce a 2.5 litre twin turbo capable of naturally aspirated 3.6 litre V6 performance.

Would not need more. Now if Ford had an all aluminum Windsor 4.8 litre V8 that would be right on (but they won't)

Are those boost gauges on the interior?? Check out the A pillar.

This is pretty much identical to my global Ranger including the dash; this is actually not a bad thing as I can attest it's a fantastic truck as it is.
For sure, Ford will improve on an already a great platform & will certainly mop the floor with the competition...wait & watch.

That interior sure looks cheap. Not as nice as the GM twin interior.

@GMSRGREAT: Agreed

If they offer the 2.7 across the model line, it will be a hit. If they sell us short with a car based V6 like GM and Toyota, it will be a shame. The 3.3 would be adequate, but the 2.7 will change the rules in this class forever. I hope they don't offer the 2.0 EcoBoost as the premium engine.....

Why does anyone think these Prototypes are finished in anyway?
I assume most of what I see is some bin part, from the global model, and generally unfinished and untrimmed from the final truck. What is revealed is a solid looking model for the catagory. And I think GM and Toyo should be concerned their time will be up - dividing up the customers for this segment of pickup trucks.
And if Ford makes the seats and interior comfortable and functional and the powertrains logical they will be right at the top.
Oh, and if Ford makes the trim levels friendly to the whole base of buyers, not just people buying toys, then Ford is good to go.

What a joke, people keep talking and comparing this thing to the last Ranger, Which Mazda Made not Ford.

Posted by: Chevy Blows Chunks | Sep 27, 2017 4:31:17 PM
That boys and girls is what's known as fake news, delivered by a GM kid.
FORD built the Ranger as well as the later Maxda B Series. Silly GM kids up past their bed time. Sincerely the real Chevy Blows Chunks.

That interior sure looks great. Not as cheesy like the GM twins interior.

It's not supposed to have a much different interior. As we have already been told by Ford, what is different is front end styling, powertrains, and features. Try to keep up, GM Fanboys. This could be my next truck. I won't buy a GM because of papajim.

What you see here is the last place seller in the midsize market, hell not even Honda is worried. Ford is nothing but over priced cheap china trash, lol just look at the dash super cheap hard plastic.

What the hell's going on under the hood?

Posted by: Red | Sep 27, 2017 2:42:27 PM

That's just common Ford F%UP engineering going there, add 40 things you don't need to make everything hard to fix or repair in what short time them cheap china junk parts last.

Try to keep up, GM Fanboys. This could be my next truck. I won't buy a GM because of papajim. Posted by: Jeff S | Sep 27, 2017

NOT the real Jeff S.

The current international Ranger has two audio systems. The one shown in these spy pictures is the lesser of the two. The premium system has an 8" display and is coupled to a backup camera and has an internal navigation system. Unlike the old Ranger, the current international version does not have a standard audio bay that makes it easy to install something from Pioneer in the dash, or more accurately, the bezel opening makes that very difficult at best. Ford wants to sell you their system which is reasonable in the new car market but a royal pain for those that like to buy lightly used vehicles Anyway, the complaints about the small screen above are not considering the whole situation.

Why is there so much hate between Ford and GM fan boys
They share transmissions and there's a plant here in Windsor that produces both Chevy and Ford blocks (Nemak)
Anyway
I drive a Colorado and I love it. If the Ranger is nice I plan on trading in my Fusion and getting one for my wife. The best of both worlds

The camo does a great job of making it look like a 4-door.

Love how the ford guys only go to line is "sorry you have to defend GM". Just goes to show you how bad their ability is to put together a decent argument. For the record, I really don't think the GM twins or the Tacoma has anything to worry about. The global ranger is nothing special, and looks the same as it did in 2015. Its a shame Ford engineers were too lazy to update the styling for the biggest truck market in the world.

Some things about that I have to question, most prominent of which is that open access to the radiator under the bumper. I'm sure there will be some sort of cover but that's still rather unprotected down there.

I's love to see a manufacturer offer a paint option like one of these black and white camo patterns.

My flip phone has a bigger screen...

Front skid plate, what is wrong with them? That is the most ridiculous front plate...

Trying to copy the Tacoma again...

What you see here is the mid size truck that will be the number 1 seller in the midsize market.
GM is worried and it's fan kids very worried . Ford brings the best in engineering, durability,reliability and value.



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