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 haven't seen one for sale anywhere. Where are you getting those #'s.?
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Aug 13, 2017 10:58:57 AM

You're moronic.

You're moronic.

Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Aug 13, 2017 2:51:28 PM

I'm a realist, you're a moron. You have been hit in the head by too many Ford advertisements.

"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."
---- Posted by: uh huh | Aug 13, 2017 12:05:59 PM

You're making an assumption based on absolutely zero evidence. A large proportion of CUVs and SUVs that are considered compact or sub-compact are VERY popular, suggesting that a truly small pickup would have a surprisingly large customer base, though I'll grant the sales would level out after a year or two while those actually waiting for something smaller would deliver a sharp spike and then a short cool-down period while people get used to the fact that they're not a one-shot. If you check the interest that the prototype/concept Comanche at last year's Moab Easter Weekend elicited, a truly small truck, even without heavy duty 4x4 capability, would be popular with the general public. I personally know of many people wishing for a return of the 70s and 80s vintage imports for size. It's not just me that wants 'em.

I personally know of many people wishing for a return of the 70s and 80s vintage imports for size

@Roadwhale

The sales figures simply don't bear out what you've implied here. Look at the big pickups and SUVs and the public cannot seem to get enough. I was in N. California earlier this month and the gas prices there are ridiculous (more than a dollar higher than my hometown) and the big Suburbans and RAMs and F-Series are everywhere. Nobody makes much of it.

The people who have to commute down the 101 into San Fran seem to favor hybrids and smaller cars; otherwise it's the big-iron that everybody loves!

I might as well use the full size truck that I already own. Posted by: Walt | Aug 11, 2017

@Walt

Exactly. The full size makes perfect sense for most of us. Rugged, versatile, long lasting and comfortable.

Gm is shaking right now, literally.

I have read this time after time here where many of the same individuals insist on pushing their preference for full size trucks so it begs the question,why do they care if many other potential buyers are holding off for a smaller, lower cost pickup that can be parked in their garage, used as a primary or even second vehicle at much less expense vs full size?

@papajim
Here is the answer to why you don't run across any newer and smaller than today's overgrown midsize trucks during your travels.

Zero of the current Hilux and NP300 size trucks marketed south of the border and abroad are offered in any of the N.America lineups

Mark Williams,

Perhaps it's a good time for an article about the world of economical smaller trucks offered in other countries and how they could fit into the missing but open slot in the market here in the USA. Diminishing chicken tax, NAFTA and all.

Perhaps it's a good time for an article about the world of economical smaller trucks offered in other countries and how they could fit into the missing but open slot in the market here in the USA. Diminishing chicken tax, NAFTA and all.

Posted by: DOHC | Aug 14, 2017 10:37:44 AM
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The rest of the worlds pickup trucks with the exception of the Hilux are crap.

Very poor safety, no emissions standards, no power.

You want to do a blast from the past.. Whatever happened to the Mahindra trucks reported 5 years ago that were coming?

@DOHC

I don't care what you want to drive. Never did. Buy what you like. However, there are key reasons most families buy a larger vehicle---it's more versatile.

Most families can't afford a whole garage full of specialty vehicles.
A full size crew cab is versatile and safe.

" 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.
----Road Whale
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Yep we have aluminum parts all around our industrial plant that have corroded and turned into white or grey dust. We've had to slowly replace the parts with stainless steel equivalents as they become dangerously corroded.


Also, you don't need to look any further than the Ford Explorer and Mustang to see how Ford aluminum body panels hold up. Ton's of hoods and tailgates with paint flaking off or aluminum corrosion bubbling up underneath. So far Ford dealers just tell owners to buy new hoods because repainting them doesn't hold up 99% of the time.

http://media.carcomplaints.com/minisites/img/ford/trends/hood-rust/share.jpg

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http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Explorer/2013/body_paint/rust_bubbles_on_hood-2.shtml

"@Roadwhale
"The sales figures simply don't bear out what you've implied here. Look at the big pickups and SUVs and the public cannot seem to get enough. I was in N. California earlier this month and the gas prices there are ridiculous (more than a dollar higher than my hometown) and the big Suburbans and RAMs and F-Series are everywhere. Nobody makes much of it.
"The people who have to commute down the 101 into San Fran seem to favor hybrids and smaller cars; otherwise it's the big-iron that everybody loves!"
---- Posted by: papajim

Illogical argument, PJ. How can sales figures refute my argument IF there are no trucks of small enough size being sold?

I'm not arguing there is a large market for near- to full-sized pickup trucks, I'm arguing that there's a surprisingly large market for smaller trucks whose customers REFUSE to buy anything larger. They want something the size of the Fiat Strada, not the Ram 1500. They want something the size of the Chevy Tornado, NOT the Colorado. I am not the only person in the entire US that wants a truly smaller truck. And as I said, the Comanche concept at Moab based on the Renegade did garner interest for something closer to the dimensions of the '70s-vintage mini-trucks.

Not everybody needs a full-sized truck. Not everybody wants a full-sized truck. For those who need and want such, more power to you. That doesn't mean you have to force your views on people who have no need for something that large.

The value proposition that once favored smaller pickups is dead. Sorry you missed the memo.

Here's the gist of it.

In the 1970s small sedans were front engine/rear drive and the majority had 5 speed stick shifts. Using the very same assembly lines and most of the same parts catalog the world's automakers could build small and economical pickups very cheaply and they offered a lot of value for small businesses and consumers whose needs did not include full size capacities.

That's over. Same with expensive gasoline. It's over too. America is a net exporter of fuel today. The energy picture is brighter than it's been since World War 2.

The value prop for small pickups is dead. They cost too much to build and own for the limited number of benefits that they offer today.

Sadly the people who write "Hahahahaha" in their comment never understand that their comment wasn't funny...

iam a toyota fanatic with 7 trucks presently. i have a 2016 tacoma with 1000 miles on it as of now.i would trade it in tomorrow if i could get a ranger diesel 4x4 longbed..



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