Spied: 2019 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

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Since the announcement during the 2017 North American International Auto Show that the Ford Ranger pickup truck (model year 2019) and Bronco SUV (model year 2020) will return to the U.S. and be produced just outside Detroit, the internet has been buzzing with anticipation. The global Ranger is a one of the sportiest and most popular mid-size pickups around the world and is likely to be a big hit with loyal Ranger owners waiting for its return.

The Bronco will be a more difficult nut to crack given that demand for real 4x4s such as the former Bronco is small. The last direct competitor for the Jeep Wrangler in the U.S. was the Toyota FJ Cruiser. It's now gone due to low sales. If the Bronco is going to compete with the Wrangler, it's going to have to be something special.

Here's what our spy shooters sent us regarding a camouflaged Ranger caught running around the streets of Dearborn, Mich.

"These are our first shots of the 2019 Ranger mule, caught running the streets just outside Dearborn. Ford is testing and redesigning the Ranger ahead of the truck's reintroduction to the U.S. in 2019. While it's hard to tell if it will look much different than the Ranger sold around the world, we expect typical Ford truck cues on a smaller package.

"The North American version may wear its own unique styling as the foreign markets seem to prefer a more aerodynamic, carlike shape for their pickups.

"Expect a full complement of EcoBoost four- and six-cylinder engines and perhaps a diesel a year or two after introduction. Ford may also use the direct-injected twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 as the premium choice. Ford's new 10-speed automatic transmission, co-developed with GM, is also expected to make it into the top trim package. Naturally, expect two-wheel drive to be standard, with part-time four-wheel drive available as an option. The Ranger should debut sometime in 2018, possibly in Detroit."

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The same Harley Davidson F150 and an old car


In MY 2019 there might be a new sheriff in town.


This mill comes with 270 hp, 479 lb/ft and 37 mpg. Cheaper to produce, cleaner and more powerful.


In a demo F-150 early next year. With CGI in the block

New vehicle pricing includes all offers and incentives. Tax Title and Tags not included in vehicle prices shown and must be paid by the purchaser. While great effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site errors do occur. approved credit. Terms may vary.


Your $22 k price comes with enough fine print to choke a horse. Whatever you do, don't go to the Ford dealer yourself. Take a grownup.

That price you quoted is only available on days when there is a total eclipse of the sun. In Times Square. offer exempt on weekdays, unless the fish are biting.

LOL. Tax, Tags and Title is not fine print. That's called a normal transaction. What's wrong? I proved you wrong again?

I never said the truck was $22k. $22k is what that the $8k you said you paid in the 80s is worth in today's dollars.

You clearly don't know how to buy a truck. Next time let me help you before you get ripped off paying top dollar for CPO crap.

That price you quoted is only available on days when there is a total eclipse of the sun. In Times Square. offer exempt on weekdays, unless the fish are biting.
Posted by: papajim | Feb 16, 2017 3:55:24 AM

@papajim--That must be what happens at your local GM dealership. Ford doesn't need to do that

Ford Trucks. The best built, best selling trucks in America. You get a lot more for your money. That's why they are the best selling in America. See your local Ford dealer and see for yourself.


Evidently the technology of the 20th century is still alive and well at this site.

The idiot from Australia and the many other less appealing commenters on the site continue to trash respected brands and their fellow commenters. They use multiple aliases, while contributing ZERO that's useful or germane to the Pickups conversation.

Maybe it's time for upgraded authentication and more aggressive moderation.

@ Alberta oil: while the Ranger and the Dakota had there last year in 2011, the Colorado's last year was 2012.

I had a 2007 Dakota quad cab 4x4, 4.7 H.of.

And it's MSRP was way over half price of a similar equipped Ram 1500. It was three or four thousand dollars cheaper than a similar Ram.

For you to think that midsize could be half the price of a full size truck, you must be thinking the older days when they had four cylinders in them, and also you were thinking about a truck with a manual transmission, and no options.

Right now GM is building their midsize trucks just enough to meet the demand. And actually, that's what they need to do is to take their time and not worry about how many they could build a day.

If you wanted the great deal, you could go get a GMC truck because they are practically giving them away, at least the full size models.

It is a supply-and-demand issue.

@papa, you are correct, and one of those people who trash, you trash Ford all the time, call people names, and then drop out of the conversation.....talk about a hypocrite

It's missing the huge ugly air dam under the bumper. Once they put those on, the minivan is complete. Are this trucks, so why the mini skirts!


" Stanley Barns, an assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust, saw GM's 50 percent share of the market as a threat to the industry. His staff labored for years to prepare an antitrust case against the automaker."


Look up who join that guy's lobbying party, Oh little Trash Motor Company. God damn you are retarded.


Are you from Australia?

@papa, NOPE


Bully for you!

It is a wild and beautiful place, but there are some curious ideas about trucks I hear from "down under"


Woodhouse has some for $23k.

Posted by: Scott | Feb 15, 2017 10:41:08 PM

With Ford offering those incentives of a model that is just 2 years old sure explains Fords spiraling downward profit margins.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 16, 2017 1:37:04 AM

Pretty good link there gmsrgreat aka sierra aka Johnny shovel lover. It explains that Fords profits for the year are doing great and shows that they have a plan to continue dominance. You should read some of it sometime.

That should read - understanding the material. I hate Auto correct.

"The last direct competitor for the Jeep Wrangler in the U.S. was the Toyota FJ Cruiser. It's now gone due to low sales."

Don't forget the Nissan X Terra. Also with the Toyota 4 Runner still in production in medium size hard SUV class, there may be hope for the Bronco. They'll probably keep the Ranger cab and design a new snout and box around it for the US market, like the Chevy Colorado and the 3rd gen Toyota Tacoma redo.

Alberta-Oil, my 2011 Canyon crew cab z71 4wd listed for $32,000 a 2017 with same options is $35,000 and loaded is right at $40k, so not much difference in 6 years, Shoot, the Taco Pro TRD starts at $43k

Oh, I did not pay near that much for it....
right now my local Chevy dealer has $5k off Colorado's with out negotiating

with the automaker saying Thursday that the drop was driven by recall costs, reduced dealer inventory and changes in the mix of the F-150 in North America. While the Dearborn automaker expects to post a 2016 profit that is the second best since 2000,

You forgot the rest of it gmssucksogreat

FYI, the recall was due to a vendor issue. Ford will get reimbursed for the vendors mistake.

This long memory loyal Ranger lover has not forgotten Fords loyalty to myself and others. Ford is a one truck company if you need a truck you need a F150 if you don’t need a full size truck you should buy an escort. Ford is not going to build a smaller truck for a small cult of 30 or 40 k people. Or people didn’t buy Rangers because they wanted a truck they bought them for cheap commute vehicles and I could go on and on (fad, craze, invasion) with the poor reasons ford had not to build the Ranger. With 80/90% of the big 3s profit coming from full size trucks Fords aluminum f150 has not been the raging success they are leading people to think. Ford is cutting their profits to keep numbers up. G M sold less full size truck in 2016 than Ford yet they made twice the profit of Ford. Ford is not bringing the Ranger back because the buyers want it but to ease the profit bleeding.

Seriously, if you cross shop mid size and full size truck you'll rapidly see the price advantage of the midsize. You get a fully equiped, top of the line Colorado or Tacoma for 40k (In Canadian $). When you look for a F150, Ram, Silverado, for that money, after rebate, you get an entry level truck with only a few options that you get in the mid sizes. If you need the truck for hauling (wich almost nobody does), the midsize have the best value by far. At least 10k less for a similarly equipped full size. My 2 cents (in $CA).

@trx i did not know dakotas went to 2012. I thought 2011. My comment on midsize pricing was based on Ranger pricing. In Canada atleast in 2010 a 2 door xl 4 banger 2wd started at 13999 and i bought a fx4 for 23000. Thats where i got twice the price. Being that the gm twins are 46000 for a z71 in 2015 when i looked. And in my first comment i said i ended up buying a fullsize for 10000 cheaper in 2015.

I've own 2 Fords and their nothing but a god damn money pit 2006 and 2008 F150s one with 4.6L one with the 5.4L.

Then my dad had an 2013 stx f150 its was a pile trash to with the 5.0L.

Not my comments, someone using my name. I do agree that Papa Jim is subjective when it comes to midsize trucks. Different strokes for different folks--that includes brand and size preference. Drive what you like and be happy.

@Dave Z

C'mon Dave!

Which automaker sold the most trucks in the US in 2015 and 2016?

GM. It was GM by a huge margin. About 100k units Dave. At least three billion dollars Dave. Do the math, your PC has a calculator.

Dave, last year GM sold a ton of midsize pickups in the US. How many did Ford sell? I can't hear you Dave. How many Rangers did Ford sell in the US last year?

You stepped in the poop Dave.


Woodhouse has some for $23k.

Posted by: Scott | Feb 15, 2017 10:41:08 PM

With Ford offering those incentives of a model that is just 2 years old sure explains Fords spiraling downward profit margins.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 16, 2017 1:37:04 AM


What they are saying here so far about the NA Ranger.
"SPY PICS: 2019 Ford Ranger

The Australian designed and developed Ranger ute that's taken the world by storm is closing in on its next conquest, North America.

Spied on the streets of Dearborn near Detroit, the heart and soul of the US car-making industry, the camouflaged ute – or pick-up, as they're called in the States – looks virtually identical to the version sold in Australia.

But looks can be deceiving. Underneath the bodywork is a new vehicle that's expected to carry several differences from the Ford Ranger available here now.

Although specifics are not yet known, the mid-size pick-up that will be built and sold in the US from next year will be based on an upgraded version of the current Ranger's T6 platform, which is currently being developed in Australia.

Based on the same ladder chassis, Ford's born-again Bronco SUV is also being developed alongside the US-market Ranger in Australia for international release around 2020.

North American buyers aren't as keen on diesels as the rest of the world, particularly in the wake of Volkswagen's dieselgate scandal, so expect a wider range of turbo-petrol engines to be offered Stateside.

Premium US Ranger variants could be packing serious heat too, with talk of the company's twin-turbo direct-injected EcoBoost V6 under study.

The Blue Oval has previously stated that a Ranger Raptor is not an impossibility and with a 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 worth 240kW/500Nm already in use in regular F-150 trucks, there's scope for something special to get US customers interested in the new Ranger.

Ford's new 10-speed automatic gearbox, co-developed with arch-rival GM, is also expected to make its way into the US Ranger, and could even filter down to the next-generation Aussie version of the Ford ute.

The North American Ranger is expected to be unveiled next year, before production begins at the Ford Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, outside Detroit."

@Papajim: "@Roadwhale
"Says who, exactly?
"Please provide any kind of support for your statement. Can you specify any support for the idea that hoards of people in North America are just aching for a compact pickup?"

If there wasn't at least some demand, Hyundai would not have prototyped a smaller truck for the US market.
If there wasn't at least some demand, we wouldn't have seen suggestions that FCA might be considering the Ram 700 or Ram 1200 (both South American vehicles) for the US.
If there wasn't at least some demand, I wouldn't be one of those demanding it.

And lastly, I know for a fact that a number of people around me have all said flat out that they want a true, SMALL pickup like the old 80s-vintage compacts and not these big Road Whales we have today. Every one of them has told me the reason they're driving a CUV is because they can't get an open-bed truck of the type they want.

Not everything hinges on the US. The US now is less than 20% of the global economy and the Ranger is sold in 180 countries.

@Big Will, Big Al, Wild Willy, BAFO

Won't waste time disputing your accounting of the US in the global economy, but I will assure you that the North American market is the big shiny object that transfixes the whole world of global auto makers and more generally the producers of big ticket consumer goods.

Don't let yourself sound like a fool.

"I'll also say that $8000 in 1981 is $22,000 today. I can buy a nicely equipped F-150 Sport today for low $20k's that blows away anything 1980s.
"F-150. More features for less money than Chevy or Toyota."

F-150 Seemingly twice as large as an '80s compact truck and much TOO LARGE for many people who go out of their way to recover and restore old compacts because they simply don't want a giant truck, even if it costs 5x as much as a comparable-age F-150 to buy and fix up.

F-150--at $25K is still far too large for easy maneuvering in tight places and takes up fully two modern parking spots if you want to be able to get into and out of it and four spots if you don't want it hanging out into the driving lane of that parking lot.


Hyundai could have brought a whole lineup of SUVs and pickups to North America by now.

None of the world's automakers is quicker to the draw than the South Koreans. They move new products from concept to the showroom in something like two years or less.

Bad example.

If they were confident about the compact truck market in the US they'd be spittin' em out like hotcakes.

they aren't!

@I've own 2 Fords and their nothing but a god damn money pit 2006 and 2008 F150s one with 4.6L one with the 5.4L.

Posted by: johnny doe | Feb 16, 2017 3:00:41 PM

Mom and Iboth told Johnny that you have to change the oil more frequently than every 30k and you have to use the correct viscosity. Proper maintenance has never been high on his list.

Hyundai has a capacity problem, love to make a Pickup , seeing the Europeans and Japanese are very much making waves.
Hyundai makes SUV's Vans, light Trucks and heavy Duty ones but no Pickups.

@papajim @ bigwilly
"Countdown to Hyundai ute begins

Hyundai has a timeline for its pick-up. And while the vehicle could still be more than two years away, the clock is definitely ticking.

Speaking to motoring.com.au in Korea this week, Hyundai Motor Company International Operations Division executive vice president, BK Rhim, said the automotive giant could start work on the all-important light commercial vehicle within two years.

And unlike previous concepts that have focused on a lifestyle theme, Hyundai is now embracing the view that a ute needs to double as a workhorse.

Rhim is one of Hyundai’s most senior executives and effectively controls many of the Korean brand’s key marketplaces.

“It could be in two years that we start work,” Rhim said when quizzed on the timeline for the vehicle.

“It is an important vehicle for many markets - especially Thailand, South East Asia and your [Australian] market."

Although Hyundai has shown concepts of a Tucson-based ute aimed at the US market, local sources have already ruled such a vehicle out.

In Australia, and globally, demand is for a one-tonne commercial available in both single and dual-cab configurations. Such vehicles are key entrants in growth markets including south-east Asia, South America and Africa. These are all markets under Rhim’s purview.

However, one of the challenges ahead of Hyundai’s plans for a vehicle to take on the likes of HiLux and Ford Ranger, is production capacity. Currently Hyundai’s plants both in Asia and Europe are at capacity.

That begs the question about where such a vehicle would be built.

While Hyundai has announced intentions to build capacity in China (up to five plants eventually), it’s understood the majority of that capacity is earmarked for passenger cars.

When quizzed by motoring.com.au, Rhim admitted Thailand would be an ideal location to produce a range of light commercials. Currently, Hyundai does not produce vehicles in the region.

By definition, therefore, the countdown clock not only includes vehicle design and development timelines but also the billion-dollar investment and construction of a purpose-built production facility.

Hyundai Australia has made no secret of its desire to have a vehicle to take on Australia's best-selling utes. In 2016, the market’s top-selling vehicle was the Toyota HiLux. The iconic pickup sold more than 40,000 units. Factor in the Fortuner off-road SUV (based on the HiLux) and the volume is approaching 46,000.

Achieving pick-up volumes equivalent to even half Toyota’s HiLux would be a step-change increase of close to 25 per cent for Hyundai Australia based on 2016 VFACTs figures.

Hyundai insiders say the first clue to serious development of a HiLux-style off-road utility was the addition of a heavy-duty 4x4 facility at the automaker’s main Namyang proving ground."

Over half the cars Hyundai sell here are manufactured here. To be competitive they may have to build a new plant, hard to justify the likely small number of sales.

Ive owned driven loved hated bought and sold these silly little trucks. I see their niche with the very young and foolish and the old with money to burn. I see they lack value and capability compared to a fullsize 1/2 ton but the bottom line is there is a market which while once in decline is no longer so. The question is will the Ranger lead to over saturation of the market?


It's hard to answer a question about the future accurately when all you have is the recent past to go on.

In the recent past, only Toyota has really been successful with compact trucks. Ford is not a player in North America, as a direct result of their own strategy.

GM has a big investment but they aren't really selling huge numbers of small trucks, and every indication seems to suggest that they have lost some sales volume in their half ton trucks during this period.

Nissan sold a few during the last couple of years but their tactic has been aiming at the lower price points. At least GM is selling theirs in the mid Thirties.

Nissan not so much. What's left is Honda and their big splashy announcements about the Ridgeline have so far delivered zip.

Nissan not so much. What's left is Honda and their big splashy announcements about the Ridgeline have so far delivered zip.

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What do you mean Honda has delivered zip. So far they getting a good start and growing.

Jimbo, the ridgeline has not been out for very long. You cannot determine how well it is going to sell until it has been out for a while, dude.


The Ridgeline was announced with a big splash on LAST YEAR's super bowl broadcast. They have had 12 mos. to create interest and clearly failed.

Since January 1st 2017 they've sold a tiny fraction of the trucks that their competitors have.

Ford is still more than one year away from launching a modified version of their T6 global Ranger that is going to be damn near 10 years old in the global market by the time it reaches our shores.

Good luck to them too.

Hyundai Ute like the Mercedes not for the NA market.

Give papa jim a break he needs two spaces to park his rig and he always parks in the middle of the space. Papa wants even a bigger truck to satisfy his ego.

The new Ranger is not meant to compete with the F-150 and that is what many on this site fail to see. This being a truck site most on this site just see a midsize truck competing with full size trucks and either do not know or ignore the growing trend of traditional non-truck buyers replacing their 4 door sedans with similar sized crossovers and crew cab midsize trucks. Anyone that has kept up with the sales of automobiles has seen the sales of automobiles decline while overall sales of new vehicles have been increasing. There are a lot of complaints about the coupe like styling that most new sedans where the average sized person's head hits the rear window and the leg and hip room for most sedans has decreased. FCA has even stopped production and discontinued the Dart and 200 and even the newly designed Honda Civic has not had the increase in sales that were predicted while the sales of compact and midsize crossovers are increasing in sales. Many midsize crew cab trucks are selling to first time truck buyers who are replacing their sedans and want a vehicle with an open bed and more versatility. True that the midsize crew cabs don't have as much legroom in rear as a full size crew cab but they have much more room in the back compared to most midsize sedans and even full size sedans and are much easier to get in and out of. When you are looking at the price of the full optioned midsize crew cab pickup it is better not compare midsize to full size trucks but to compare a midsize crew cab trucks to equivalent sized crossovers and sedans. For a little more you get a 4 x 4 well optioned midsize crew cab with more room and an open bed for hauling bulky items or items you would not haul in a closed space and still be able to park in your garage and in most places. At 40k this is much better than having an extra vehicle to do what 1 vehicle can do.

@Jeff S

You say that many families want a versatile vehicle that can haul people in the cab in comfort and also haul bulky stuff in the truck bed. Agree.

You used a lot of words to say what I just said in a few. Based on my own observations, people also like V8 engines. If you look at today's sedans they are almost all 4 cylinder or sixes. No go.

Large V8 powered SUVs and larger pickups are very popular in the US and there's no sign of that changing. Why? Versatility, durability and comfort.

Many families are not as interested in having a V-8 as long as the vehicle gets decent fuel economy for its size, has good acceleration, and does not labor too much under a regular load. Most crew cab midsize trucks have a V-6 and most V-6s are decent in performance. There is a market for midsize and full size trucks with crew cabs fitting the needs of most families. I know a number of families in my neighborhood who have midsize crew cab pickups as a second vehicles and some that have full size crew cabs and extended cabs with the 2 extra doors in the back. Most of the trucks in my neighborhood are 4x4s and most are well optioned. The same thing is true with the crossovers and the few suvs. One of the most popular crossovers in my area are the Ford Explorers and the Buick Enclave which is an expensive vehicle especially in all wheel drive (50k). If it is the right vehicle and it can be used for multiple uses then many do not mind paying extra for the luxuries especially since many are constantly on the road chauffeuring their kids to school and soccer practice. Many look forward to when their eldest child gets a drivers license and then the parents will buy them usually a late model vehicle with the condition that they do some of the chauffeuring.

A truck as most of us who are older knew is not just a truck but more likely the 2nd or 3rd vehicle in the family fleet. Without the crew cab most manufacturers would not be experiencing the boom in sales of pickups. I remember growing up the only crew cabs that I saw were highway crews and except for International and Dodge no one made a crew cab. Even when GM and Ford started to make crew cabs by the 70s there were not as many of them and the truck was more likely to be driven by a tradesman or farmer. Where Olds 98s, Electra 225s, Caprices, New Yorkers, Monacos, LTDs, Marquis, Chevelles, Cutlasses, Fairlanes, and others roamed the roads they have been replaced in a couple of generations by crossovers, suvs, and crew cab trucks. Even minivans that replaced the traditional station wagon are not in as much demand as they once were.


Large V8 powered SUVs and larger pickups are very popular in the US and there's no sign of that changing. Why? Versatility, durability and comfort.

V-8 pickups much more popular than V-8 suvs. Not as many V-8 Suburbans, Tahoes, Expeditions, Navigators, and Escalades sold as compared to pre 2008 levels. With the introduction of the new Explorer, the Buick Enclave, the Chevy Traverse, and other larger uni-body V-6 crossovers that get better mpgs and that have roomy interiors the sales of the body on frame suvs are not selling at the same volume and neither are mini-vans. That is one reason GM has gone upscale on their body on frame suvs because they know that those who will buy them will buy them regardless of how much they cost and they can still make a good sized profit on them because of this but they cannot make any more profit by lowering the price because the demand is just not there. Same with the Toyota Sequoi which does not sell in the same volume as pre-2008. Most who buy a vehicle don't care if it is body on frame or has a V-8. Outside of die hard truck fans like those on this site most are looking for a vehicle that meets their families needs or in the case of empty nesters a vehicle that is easy to get in and out of that is easy to drive and park and then that vehicle is usually a Subaru Forester or Outback, Honda CRV, Nissan Rogue, Toyota Rav $, Mazda 5, Buick Encore, Chevy Equinox, Hyundai Sante FE or Tuscon, Kia Sorento or Kia Sportage. I know this working with AARP Tax Aide Volunteers which own these compact crossovers which are usually well optioned.


Large V8 powered SUVs and larger pickups are very popular in the US and there's no sign of that changing. Why? Versatility, durability and comfort.

Check the sales figures, Jeff.

And the Expedition you cited is another example of Ford allowing a product to wither without any significant upgrade for ten bleeping years. That's why the numbers for Ford Expedition are off, not the lack of interest in the segment.

In 2016 large SUVs and half ton trucks had a banner sales year. And yes, they are profitable for the automakers.

They also offer great value for the consumer.

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