2019 Ford Ranger Testing on Streets: Spied

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Quite possibly the most anticipated pickup truck to come down the product pipeline in a long while is the all-new Ford Ranger. Ford has been selling the current global Ranger around the world for years with success but only recently decided to bring it back to the U.S. after leaving in 2011.

Officially, not much is known about exactly how the new Ranger will be configured or trimmed out, but it will have to be significantly upgraded from the standard global Ranger to better compete with the current mid-size segment. Our guess is that it will be capable (here seen with six-lug axles), but it will need a whole new interior and set of engines. Here's what our spy shooter sent us regarding its most recent siting.

"This is the Ford Ranger FX4, finally caught testing in production metal and with its production face. Up until this point, we've only seen the FX4 testing in mule form.

"The Ranger FX4 will get extra ground clearance and styling tweaks to make it look unique. On this prototype, we can make out a grille that appears to have a very Explorer-ish look to it.

"In other markets, the current FX4 can be had with a turbo-diesel 3.2-liter engine, also found in the Transit. It's unclear if it will be offered on U.S. models, but the Ranger could be offered in a number of configurations to compete with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

"We're expecting a full complement of EcoBoost four- and six-cylinder engines, and perhaps a diesel. Ford may use the direct-injected twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 as the premium choice or for a possible performance package.

"Expect to see us behind the wheel of the new Ranger FX4 next year some time, with a possible surprise appearance at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January."

Editor's note: This post was updated Jan. 10, 2018, to correct the model year for the new Ford Ranger.

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Rear end is too high, much like the Colorado... boring!

Yesterday when GM shown the new 2019 Silverado, Ford fans where complaining on how the Silverado looks like a F-150......

This looks a lot similar to the current Colorado. I guess its alright for ford to copy GM...

"six lugs" does not men it is more capable. My old 2.4ltr taco had 6 lugs.
FX4 unique wiht an explorer grill? What type of grill does the base ranger have? pictures?
Yep, has the same slanted rear door window as the Colie and Taco. no step bumper of any kind
Don't think they will put the 3.5 twin turbo in it, maybe the 2.7 though.

"Ford has been selling the current global Ranger around the world for years with success but only recently decided to bring it back to the U.S. after leaving in 2011"

@Mark W

Ford decided to bring back the name, not the truck.

The 2011 Ranger is history, and the global Ranger has never been sold here before.

Trucker- remember Ford/Gm are sharing the transmissions now, what in the world do you guys think of that? How do you count them in all your who wins the sales records? When something breaks i the joint venture tranny, will you cry Ford or Chevy or GM or Sierra?

-CT

Wow, look at those ROUND wheel wells! If only GM's trucks would follow suit...

Step rails on a little truck. Wonder if they are there just for cammo or for the old guys who like little trucks? Rear window notch and descending rear roofline like the new Silverado. Hopefully they didn't get too carried away with the explorer front end I don't know anything thrilled with it. With a new Frontier coming hopefully the pretend truck pool wont be too crowded to be profitable.

I cant wait for this truck, really hoping for the 2.7 ecoboost with the 10 speed 20 city 26 highway in 4x4 trim. It will be my next truck.

i like it too.

@Mark Williams
"Officially, not much is known about exactly how the new Ranger will be configured or trimmed out, but it will have to be significantly upgraded from the standard global Ranger to better compete with the current mid-size segment. Our guess is that it will be capable (here seen with six-lug axles), but it will need a whole new interior and set of engines"

No it will not have to be upgraded to compete with the US competition. Ranger has it's variants including the US one designed in Australia.
Engine and Powertrain testing needs to be done in the US as the Global Ranger does not have Gas( Petrol) options

I can´t understad why not this Ranger wouldn´t be driven by the coming F-150 diesel 3 l V6. 30 mpg easily

This Ranger appears to be different than the Global Ranger just as the Colorado was different than the Global Colorado. Could Ford change the Global Ranger's style to be more like the NA Ranger.
That is what GM did with the Colorado. It would be great if Ford offered the 2.7 Eco Boost in the Ranger.

THERE GO THE F150 SALES, LOST TO A LOWER LEVEL FORD.
BETTER CALL IT A F SERIES SO YOU CAN KEEP COUNTING IT WITHE THE FULL SIZE TRUCK. LOL

Your caps lock is stuck.

Look at all the Ford haters cry like the little girls they are. Must suck to be them.

@Robert Ryan

Sorry to break the news to you, but the global ranger is a 2015 truck at best. Ford will suffer mightily if they don't upgrade the T6 before offering it to the US consumer.

That's a pretty boring design. This won't help with Fords too late to the race approach. They had an opportunity to bring something exciting like the new Silverado , too bad.

Wow, look at those ROUND wheel wells! If only GM's trucks would follow suit...
Posted by: lolwut | Dec 18, 2017 1:43:24 PM

Round (rainbow) wheel wells are for cars. Then again, Ford has taken all the tough out of their trucks over the last 20 years. Now the 4x4 hubs are locked with cheap plastic gears and the suspension is made of cheap (weak) stamped steel instead of heavy duty forged steel. Not to mention Ford's ball joints are junk these days. Their IFS used to hold up for 100k+ miles, now we're replacing ball joints on new F-150's every 40k miles. Anybody that says they last longer than that doesn't do truck stuff with their truck or they drive around with the ball joints popping for 10's of thousands of miles.

Sorry this is a 2019 model not 2020

I LIKE my 2011 Ranger and am not interested in a full size truck. This looks just like an F150 so if that is what Ford plans to produce I will be passing. I was so looking forward to this after seeing the current Ranger in Mexico last year but now I am less than impressed. I guess we will see when it is finally released but I may find myself in a Colorado next.

Looks good. Looks like the Colorada in a lot of ways. Same roof line and rear. It will sell well.

Calling you out there GMSRGREAT..., you can tell it’s a boring design thru the camo?...,

With this many GM fan kids yapping, you can be assured there is troubling times ahead for GM.
Remember, when Ford enters FORD wins.

@ Jeff S and @ Papajim
Expected this reaction. Gloval Ranger you and we will be vetting will be new for 2019.
Complete redesign. Will have regionsll variations. For the US and Canada you will have Gas engines

@Phil Laurette.
Think F125 instead of the old US Ranger

@Pspajim
I would be concerned more about the Global Colorado that is going nowhere in Sales it was the 17th best selling vehicle here.
Toyota Hilux No.1 and the Ford Ranger. No2.

Ford these days look ten times better than GM.trucks easily lol .dodge as well ..Chevy's cost more .why I don't no...but glad Ford bringing ranger back ..it should of never quit making in first place..Ford rangers uve own two of them a 1994 and 2001 ranger .lived both ..five speeds manuals ..those are some of the vest vehicles Ford makes .and some longest lasting vehicles on the road and great on gas ..and those GM Colorado someone was comparing ranger to ..please Colorado's are junk .them little trucks want pull a John boat and want get out of there own way ..

can't wait till I see the 4 cyl ecoboost Ranger run rings around the 5.0 V8 in the F-150.

Us ecoboost owners get enough hate and name calling from the Ram and Silverado Owners, but we get even more spewing dirty mouth curse words from the 5.0 F-150 Owners.
Telling us our ecoboost engines are junk and break down all the time and having trouble with the turbos
They are just jealous they don't own an ecoboost.
Grown men wearing mom jeans cry like babies cause my ecoboost has more power, performance and better gas mileage

Take a really good looking truck and give it the "euro" vibe.. Do people really think the Chevy Colorado is a good looking truck? Put the glue down and sober up. This is really disappointing.

I would not be surprised if Ford decided to call it the Ranger F100 just to be able to lump sales into their F-series.

@Robert Ryan--It appears that the US Ranger is a new design and the Global Ranger will adopt the US design. This is a similar path the the Colorado did in that the Global Colorado used the US design. By design I mean the outside appearance not the engines or capacity.

@uh huh --How about the F100 Ranger. Ford could count it in their F sales and still have a recognizable name.

Ford does not really need to do anything for this one. It has the Ford name on it, so it will do well on this alone. Global sales are through the roof on the Ford. It will do just as well here in the US.

-CT

Just another BIG, ugly midsized truck! Give us our small Ranger back! Ford screwed the pooch by dropping the Ranger. They're late in coming to the game. Hey Ford, guess why prices are high for the old Rangers and other small trucks? Because they are in great demand and people want small. Manufacturers only make products the public thinks they need!

I was an employee at louisville assembly plant for 13 yrs and i have many retired and current family members still working for ford but i have to say ford and chevy have deccided they dont care what there customers want they think they can tell you what you want. Most people who want to buy a smaller truck want a small truck like the old ranger or s-10 not a truck thats just a little bit smaller than a full size my immediate family has owned atleast 10 rangers and i would bet at least half are still on the road and i currently have a 97 and i am starting to look to buy a new truck but i dont want a mid size or large truck i want a small truck so i guess im out of luck with ford an chevy an will have to go with a toyota or nissan and thats a shame on them for forceing me to do that do that but when theres no other option what can you do

By design I mean the outside appearance not the engines or capacity. Posted by: Jeff S | Dec 19, 2017

@not the REAL Jeff S

Are you kidding? You're talking about lipstick!

When Nissan, Toyota and GM all have modern products in the mid size market, Ford will lay a big fat egg if they don't bring a new design to market after so many years without a Ranger.

By 2020 Nissan's truck is new, GM will surely have updated the twins and Toyota will have more refinements for the Tacoma.

JIM N-, yes I agree, this is the way society is now. The government tells what we need, tv ads tell us what to eat and how to exercise, guess what? they do it anyway, sadly the American people do not realize they are being duped everyday, and so it continues.

-CT

I dont see any leaf springs. Is it goin to have coils springs ?

Ford will show this at Detroit, GM will be in the corner begging people to take a look at their feeble attempt to copy the 2007 TUNDRA.

Once again Ford will the car show.

This truck will sell well. I drive GM ,but I am not naive enough to think the mid-size Ranger wont outsell other mid size. Mid size are very popular and capable trucks. Same payload and towing as half tons a few years old and some current Ram 1500 trucks. The Ranger will take a LOT of sales from the F150 as well as other brands. I think the F150 will be hardest hit from Ranger sales due to so many Ford loyalists wanting a smaller truck than the F150.

Round (rainbow) wheel wells are for cars. Then again, Ford has taken all the tough out of their trucks over the last 20 years. Now the 4x4 hubs are locked with cheap plastic gears and the suspension is made of cheap (weak) stamped steel instead of heavy duty forged steel. Not to mention Ford's ball joints are junk these days. Their IFS used to hold up for 100k+ miles, now we're replacing ball joints on new F-150's every 40k miles. Anybody that says they last longer than that doesn't do truck stuff with their truck or they drive around with the ball joints popping for 10's of thousands of miles.

Posted by: Detroit72 | Dec 18, 2017 6:35:39 PM

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Round wheel wells are for cars? Guess you won't be buying the 2019 Silverado with the almost round wheel wells.

@Jeff S
The new Global Ranger was designed in Australia including the US version? All the variants and there are many, including the US Version , have their specific requirements modified for the specific market
Well the Global Colorado looks nothing like the US version

This truck will sell well. I drive GM ,but I am not naive enough to think the mid-size Ranger wont outsell other mid size. Mid size are very popular and capable trucks. Same payload and towing as half tons a few years old and some current Ram 1500 trucks. The Ranger will take a LOT of sales from the F150 as well as other brands. I think the F150 will be hardest hit from Ranger sales due to so many Ford loyalists wanting a smaller truck than the F150.

Posted by: Sean.G | Dec 19, 2017 2:32:13 PM

Yes it definitely will take some F-150 sales away. But, I think if Ford throws the 2.7 in this, it will steal sales from GM and especially Toyota. GM basically only took sales from their full size trucks with the Colorado/Canyon. The numbers don't lie. With the Ranger, Ford will likely sell a million trucks as opposed to probably about 900k this year. I'm guessing 150k Rangers in it's first full year and 850k F-Series.

Stop saying you're me. Silverado, the number one selling truck brand/company, will sell 10 million next year or papajim isn't my daddy!!

@Jeff S
I can see they have changed it to make it a bit like the US version, but it is still, the 17th best selling vehicle. Styling change has done nothing for sales. Hilux and Ranger are 1 and 2.
Changing the name to F125 would be better than Ranger in the US. Too much confusion with smaller US Ranger.
https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-reviews/holden-colorado-z71-2016-review-road-test-46603

I just got back from Southeast Asia. Toyota Hilux everywhere, Isuzu Dmax next and the Ford Ranger third but both comebined doesn't come close to the number of the Hilux on the road. The Ranger is a good looking truck and is big. I especially like the Wildtrack version.

If I have to pick one to buy, I would take the Hilux. Way more refined and they really use it as a work truck.

Also the Mazda BT50 is the same truck as the Ranger under different skin. I wonder if they bring back the Ranger to the US, they will bring back the Mazda also?

@ Flashee
No , next Mazda BT 50 will br a Dmax/ Mazda effort. Your right about the Hilux then Dmax on the streets in South East Asia. They are the nain players

@Robert Ryan--Yes, that is what I meant that the Global Colorado would take some of its design from the US Colorado. The Global Colorado will not be exactly the same, but you can see the similarities in the link you provided.

@Papa Jim--The US Ranger will be a newer design that will probably be used in the Global Ranger which is what the US Colorado did. The front of this new Ranger has a bigger bolder grill and is not as aerodynamic as the Global Ranger which is what the US Colorado did. The appeal of a larger grill and larger front is more appealing to many US truck buyers. Where Ford could grab some real ground is if they offered the EcoBoost 2.7 with a 10 speed auto. GM has stated that there will be no redesign of the Colorado/Canyon for several years but GM could do a refresh and offer the 10 speed auto and a turbo V-6 of their own. The one to watch is Tacoma, will Tacoma get a completely new design and will the Tacoma be closer to the Global Hilux. If the Ranger does well enough it could force Toyota to move their plans of a Tacoma redesign sooner. I think the Colorado/Canyon have plenty of life left in them and GM can always offer more special models and update the drive trains.

I would not be surprised if Ford decided to call it the Ranger F100 just to be able to lump sales into their F-series.


Posted by: uh huh | Dec 19, 2017 7:05:41 AM

What would be the point? F-Series will outsell the GM fullsize trucks this year as it is, just like they did last year. It is a different class. Ford will be able to include Ranger in total truck sales just as GM has included Colorado and Canyon. I personally like F-100 as a name better than Ranger, but Ford has already announced it will wear the Ranger badge.

After seeing the new 2019 Silverado, this and all other current offerings, other than the GMC Canyon(looks great and tough), are boring to look at.
The new F150 looks plain compared to the new Chevy. I currently drive a 2015 F150, has been pretty good, but fuel economy is nowhere near what they advertise. I want a Ranger with 4 cyl Diesel, if they don't have Diesel I will get the Dmax Canyon. Buddy has one and gets awesome fuel economy (30+ mpg) and tows without breaking a sweat.



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