2019 Ford Ranger Crashes the Mid-Size Pickup Party: Video

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It's been eight years since we've had a Ranger as an entry-level player from Ford, but now it's back for model-year 2019 and making its U.S. debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Some might think this redesigned mid-size pickup truck is a modest entry for the growing class, but our guess is that Ford has plenty of room to expand. We got the chance to look inside and all around this early prototype, which we share in our video below.

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Looks like a Colorado from the side...

Nice looking truck, delayed another year I see. Was supposed to be out late 2017 as a 2018, now it will not be out until early 2019 probably as a 2020....glad I pulled the trigger on my ZR2, my old truck had 250,000 miles while waiting for ford to get off the pot.
Mark mentioned that "Ford has done their homework" they have had 2 years of Colorado's and the newest Taco to learn off of before they started to build one.. kind of like cheating
"you guys go first and we will see what does and doesn't work then build one better.... Chevy is doing a refresh on the twins this next year, it will up one the Ranger as they know what ford is bring to the table, just a viscious circle

I had high expectations for this models reintroduction to the US market....unfortunately that did not occur

I think the new Silverado was more interesting. New 3.0 diesel, lighter without too much cheap glued on aluminum, wider bed interior, etc... The ranger seems lacking, hype mostly.

Ford knows they will sell as many as they can build the first year no matter what they offer. They are smart keeping the variety pure vanilla while they sell to the brand loyalists that have been waiting years. This will boost the profit margin to get a quicker ROI on this new truck. Then they can add more packages and more engine choices for several years.

Achates is HOT

https://www.trucks.com/2018/01/15/detroit-auto-show-achates-aramco-pickup-engine/

Love that color.

Nice truck!

-CT

Needs a V6

Or an in-line 6 cyl the competition
At gm will give you the opportunity to choose 4cyl or 6cyl

I had high expectations for this models reintroduction to the US market....unfortunately that did not occur

Posted by: JMAN | Jan 15, 2018 9:58:26 AM

Why? The Ranger is and has never been anything to expect anything innovative. The Ranger was never this magical unicorn that some people think it was. It was a smaller cheaper and more economical option to a full -size truck.

It's not like Ford is reintroducing the AC Corbra here. I think they did a pretty good job with the Ranger and it should sell pretty well. i think the 2.3 is probably the best engine choice for the truck.

This junk isn't crashing no party! It comes with no options! Its 8 year to late with 3 trims, and only other thing you can pick is 2wd or 4wd. This is junk.

I had high expectations for this models reintroduction to the US market....unfortunately that did not occur

Posted by: JMAN | Jan 15, 2018 9:58:26 AM

Why? The Ranger is and has never been anything to expect anything innovative. The Ranger was never this magical unicorn that some people think it was. It was a smaller cheaper and more economical option to a full -size truck.

It's not like Ford is reintroducing the AC Corbra here. I think they did a pretty good job with the Ranger and it should sell pretty well. i think the 2.3 is probably the best engine choice for the truck.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 15, 2018 11:26:45 AM

Not really much for them to do as it looks like they have not changed much of anything from the global Ranger.

To your point of economical,

It may be a home run in this regard because you can sell it dirt cheap if you have no R&D for it. Could be a good option for someone who wants a cheap econobox with a bed to haul things. Or another fleet queen?

It's interesting that Ford decided to neuter this truck so severely. No optional engines. No manual transmission. Bland bland bland.

The 2.3 Ecoboost in the Mustang has a lot of issues with heat. A lot of guys end up having to throw away the cheap Ford intercooler and put a real intercooler in. Also this engine doesn't even make its advertised power levels unless you're running 93 octane. Don't expect monster power levels.

I agree with the non V6. The 2.3L in mustang has huge issues with not making the numbers its supposed to but hey, that's Ford for you!!

They should have atleast offered the 3.5L from Explorer's as another option! Or maybe even the all new 3.3L they have in the 18 F150.

I was expecting a lot more power train options . Looks good, but only one wheelbase sucks. Cross this off my list. So it is either Silverado with inline six diesel, or Canyon with inline4 diesel. Like the new Ram but no inline diesel option so it is off the table. I want torque, good fuel economy and reasonable towing. My neighbor has the 2.8l Duramax Canyon, we took his 6500lb trailer hunting, it pulls very well and the fuel bill was incredibly cheap, worked out to 18 mpg for the 300 mile trip, can't get that economy with a gas truck empty, never mind towing. I really wish the Ranger had an inline diesel, I need to buy soon, maybe Ford will announce diesel in it soon so I have another choice.

This truck is a letdown on every point. It adds nothing new to what's available already on the market. Truck makers have always pride themselves on configurations possibilities. Here ? 1 engine, 1 transmission, not cab and bed configurations options... Like other people have said, the EcoBoost engine never make their numbers. The power will be there. Fuel economy and durability ? I doubt it. This truck is way heavier than a Mustang or an Escape... They had everything to make this right and they thought that the name Ranger only would do it. It's been 8 years guys, sorry but nobody dreams of the old Ranger anymore...

They had everything to make this right and they thought that the name Ranger only would do it. It's been 8 years guys, sorry but nobody dreams of the old Ranger anymore...

Posted by: Rudy | Jan 15, 2018 1:47:34 PM

So what's right? Again, the old Ranger wasn't anything to write home about. It was an alright truck that was supper cheap to buy and cheap to keep running. The this nostalgic view of the old Ranger as some sort on trail blazing vehicle is beyond me.

One engine, one transmission, one wheelbase. Take it or leave it.

Maybe they're trying to channel the ghost of Henry Ford.

What even more funnier is Mark hyping this up... lol We know Mark is a ford fan..

The Silverado is where the story is at. Did PUTC miss that the Silverado has a power tailgate. The surprised inline 6 3.0 diesel said to be best in class power numbers. The wider bed. The nicer interior...etc..

NOT only will that 2.3L Eco-Boost O-U-T-P-O-W-E-R that Silverado and Ram V8
It will also get B-E-T-T-E-R gas mileage doing it !

NOT only will that 2.3L Eco-Boost O-U-T-P-O-W-E-R that Silverado and Ram V8
It will also get B-E-T-T-E-R gas mileage doing it !


Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Jan 15, 2018 3:58:30 PM

Haha. The little ecoboost will have to be wound up to the moon to do any activities requiring a truck. A little car engine in a truck just won't cut it.

Come on guy. I even own an EcoBoost and I know that you are spewing garbage. There is no comparison at all to this truck and a Silverado or Ram

Haha. The little ecoboost will have to be wound up to the moon to do any activities requiring a truck. A little car engine in a truck just won't cut it.
Posted by: Sean.G | Jan 15, 2018 4:31:17 PM

Haha not to mention it'd have to be be running on 100+ octane fuel. The Mustang version is well known to need 91+ to run right in the summer heat. You'll put your foot into it and the boost would be jumping all over the place. I guess the factory intercooler Ford uses is super cheap.

This little engine is really going to struggle when it runs through the j2807 tests. I have a feeling Ford is going to have to detune quite a bit for truck duty.

this is not a new truck they have this truck in mexico,,

Love that metal front bumper. The only one in the segment with that front, since the rest are made with plastic (not sure if the Frontier still available with the metal front bumper).

Outside of mpg’s, that will go to the 150 hp or so diesel in the gm midsize twins, no other midsize truck will compete on performance that this 1 engine, 1 transmission, and 1 wheel base ranger. There is no need to have any other engine until the competition brings something competive. Then all ford has to do is bolt the 2.7 in it to 10 up the competition... this 2.3 2 ups the competition for sure.

@Mark Williams
Almost identical to the up coming 2019 Global Ranger. Major difference will be the Diesel engines, heavier weights and pa yloads and a factory utility bed. That Bronze colour seems to be the conmon thread between two.
Ranger is a Ute not a Truck here. Trucks a lot bigger and heavier and not car substitutes. F250/F350's would be still Utes

This bumper is illegal in Australia.

Major letdown without a V6. I don't want a ride with a ecojunk engine. These engines are not the "cure all" that everyone supposes. Its been problematic in my buddies Mustang. I'll keep my cash and when or if they decide to offer a v6 then I will purchase or maybe buy from a competitor such as GMC or Chevy.

This bumper is illegal in Australia.
Posted by: Big Al | Jan 15, 2018 9:33:06 PM

And we should care or be concerned about this,why?

@FXDX1450
Yes. Different Safety regulations /specifocations make it more difficult to sell in different markets.
Ford Ranger is designed and engineered at Broadmeadows Victoria. That team had to change specifications for many individual markets. which includes the US
Conversially a US market compliant vehicle needs to be changed to fit the regulations of the country it is being exported too.

I will be camping out at the Ford Dealer to be the first one to buy one and all you other guys will be jealous.
Won't be copper color cause that looks gay, I will choose silver or white.
Then I will love to BRAG about 30 MPG to my co-workers at the same time passing them up on the race to work.
(what I do now with my F-150 Eco-Boost is sneak up behind one of my co-workers driving to work then pass him when he least expects it,,,,, ohhhhhh he gets sooooo mad claiming that I ran him off the road almost causing him to wreck,,,, ha-ha-ha I just laugh and tell him he's JEALOUS cause he couldn't catch me in my Eco-Boost )

the 2.3 Eco-Boost is rated at 310 HP and 355 ft lb torque

you are going to look sooooo bad when your 5.3 Chevy and 5.7 Ram V8's get blown off the road with a 4 cyl

go ahead and laugh! I will have the last laugh!

ha-ha-ha-ha-ha

So what's right? Again, the old Ranger wasn't anything to write home about. It was an alright truck that was supper cheap to buy and cheap to keep running. The this nostalgic view of the old Ranger as some sort on trail blazing vehicle is beyond me.


Posted by: Jack | Jan 15, 2018 2:05:28 PM

It would be awesome to finally get back a true utilitarians pickup but sadly this ain't the case, This Ranger doesn't strike me as super cheap and with an EcoBoost engine, certainly not cheap to keep running. If Ford wanted to join the midsize party, they should have go all in.

I like the 2.3 Ecoboost engine in this truck. The Ranger isn't designed to be towing all the time. This is a commuter truck that pulls handyman duties on the weekend. The 2.3 should do well in those applications (possibly better than V6s actually).

My two negatives:
1. No 6' bed and crew cab option? You lost me.
2. A manual transmission would be awesome with that engine. They already have one in the Mustang, and they offer manuals on all the Australian Ranger diesels, so Ford should not have any reason not to offer one here.

It seems they really neutered this truck to prevent it from robbing F-150 sales.

I like the 2.3 Ecoboost engine in this truck. The Ranger isn't designed to be towing all the time. This is a commuter truck that pulls handyman duties on the weekend. The 2.3 should do well in those applications (possibly better than V6s actually).

My two negatives:
1. No 6' bed and crew cab option? You lost me.
2. A manual transmission would be awesome with that engine. They already have one in the Mustang, and they offer manuals on all the Australian Ranger diesels, so Ford should not have any reason not to offer one here.

It seems they really neutered this truck to prevent it from robbing F-150 sales.


Posted by: igve2shtz | Jan 16, 2018 7:23:16 AM


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Bingo!!!

Already trying to protect the sacred cow’s sales numbers...

Bingo!!! Already trying to protect the sacred cow’s sales numbers...Posted by: andrwken | Jan 16, 2018

@andrwken

I truly mean no disrespect, but you must try to understand that Ford's decisions are about satisfying their DEALERS and not as much with the consumer.

It's the dealer's job to keep buyers happy.

The dealers put huge pressure on Ford to get a mid size on the lots because they were losing sales to the competition. Not having a Ranger for most of the last decade cost the dealers plenty.

First off... All of the BIG 3 American truck builders introduced some much improved trucks that look great. It's a good time to be in the market for a new truck no matter what brand.

With regards to this new Ranger... I love it. I'd gladly buy a Lariat Crew Cab 4X2 but the deal breaker is the lack of a 6' bed with a crew cab option. GM and Toyota both have crew cab long bed options, so I'm sure Ford will do the same to be competitive in the mid-size market.

I don't need or want a full size truck, just some addition bed volume for mountain bikes, white water boats, camping gear and trail building tools/materials. All of the new half ton trucks are too big and bloated for the narrow fire roads I'm driving on.

The numbers (310HP w/ 350ft/lbs) of the 2.3L turbo slightly edge out the competition. I'm sure by the time this goes into production there will be one, if not two additional engine options as well (one more powerful and one easier on gas)

I'm driving a 2002 F-150 Lariat Crew Cab that I bought new... I can wait two more years since I just hit 85,000 miles. This 16 year old truck isn't even broken in yet.

GREAT TO SEE THE RANGER COMING BACK!!! Having more competition in the market, is a win for all of us no matter what brand you prefer.

I was excited about this truck but the shot where Mark leans against the bed and the rail appears to be above his armpit killed it for me. I want a truck that has a bed that I can use. I am going to step up my search for an old Ranger or Tacoma that has a bed that I can unload from the side.

So they copied and pasted the global Ranger and offered less choices. I get that they don't want to steal sales from the F-150 but you can tell that Ford felt forced back into this market when in fact they did not want to be in it in the first place.
No manual
No diesel
No V6

Good luck

I am going to step up my search for an old Ranger or Tacoma that has a bed that I can unload from the side....Posted by: Walt | Jan 22, 2018 9:21:06 AM

@walt

Or you could put some lifts in your shoes

"So they copied and pasted the global Ranger and offered less choices. I get that they don't want to steal sales from the F-150 but you can tell that Ford felt forced back into this market when in fact they did not want to be in it in the first place"

That is how they differentiate from.the F150

Ford could of had a contender
an all aluminum truck with the 3 liter diesel would of contended for the crown.
Instead FORD fearing loss of sales of the F150 to the ranger
flopped before it even went on sale.
4cyl only may as well say we do not want to win over anybody
They have some real schmucks running FORD

David and Jon earlier are right. I've seen the global Ranger in the UK, it's a very nice truck, but this one just doesn't enough choices.

Let's be honest with ourselves (I know hard to do at this site), none of these midsize trucks are cheap. By trying to not loose the F150 market, Ford has in effect produced something that might be sold in the fleet market, but I don't see it taking on the midsize trucks from GM or Toyota unless they get with the program and offer up some additional engine choices.

At the end of the day, it's all about choices. People choose this midsize trucks for various reasons. I've yet seen a majority saying they chose it because of price. Most do it because they don't like the size the of the trucks. These midsize trucks are the size our full size trucks were 10 years ago. Now, we have massive trucks. My 3/4 ton is huge compared to what they were a decade ago. If I could, I would certainly downsize it, but I can't because I need the towing capacity. But trying to park it in the city isn't the most pleasurable experience. And I think when people see the midsize trucks they do look at that.



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