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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People who collect cars and trucks, like Jay Leno, will LOVE the upcoming Ranger.

Collectors love things that are old and rare. The Ranger is already OLD. And poor sales will mean that like the Edsel, the Ranger will be very rare.

@papa jim--Yes not the real Jeff S. I have been out of town for a week and have not had access to this site. I have no problems with the Ranger and no problems with the Colorado/Canyon. Look forward to seeing the Ranger whenever it enters the market.

I miss you Franks's Brother ;-)

Ford brings the best in engineering, durability,reliability and value.

Posted by: Chevy Blows Chunks | Sep 28, 2017 10:22:20 AM

Haha so where did they put it? They could really use it because the engines they've been making since 1990 have been complete and utter junk. The Modular V8 were and always been been complete trash. The Ecoboosts are unreliable engines that cost so much to keep running that they're throwaway engines by 100k miles. Resale values reflect this. The Coyote and Voodoo V8's are really inconsistent. Some get rod knock, other burn massive oil, others have oil pumps that disintegrate. Like all Ford's, the cam phasers are rattling junk. The electronic throttle bodies are junk. Constantly seeing bad lash adjusters at low mileage, which turn into nice problems when dealers deny there's any issue and send them away. Ford's still using cheap Morse style timing chains that stretch like a rubber band. And who's idea was it to copy the Chrysler 2.7's internal water pump, famous for killing most of those engines. Great for dealer's service departments though, it costs a couple grand to replace a water pump on a Duratec/Ecoboost V6 with an internal water pump. Even more if it's caught too late and you need a new engine.

I hope Ford doesn't use those trash IWE front hubs for the 4WD system. What an ancient, junk vacuum assist 4WD system. Plastic gears and vacuum lines for locking the hubs? What a joke. Raptor guys are constantly ripping those gears apart. What a joke.


If you ever want to have laugh, go to a NAPA parts counter and ask for ANY cooling system parts for a Modular V8 or a Cologne V6. The counterman will break into a sweat! Ford made so many changes to those bits between the early 1990s and the present that the same year's engine will often have multiple "correct" matches in the parts catalog.

Result. Customer comes back to the store with the packaging trashed, a greasy part that doesn't fit and an unhappy customer demanding his money back.

Then the counterman has to dig through inventory to find the customer the part he needs, has to create a credit on the system because the part is back-ordered and the customer leaves and swears he'll never come back.

All of this is going on in front of the other customers in the store who instantly (and unfairly) assume that the counter personnel are dopes.

All because those Ford engine designs were a mess.

Reminds me of a foxbody Mustang I owned just after I graduated high school. Ford changed the design of the water pump like 3 times in one year, so I had to go from salvage yard to salvage yard looking for a rare pump. You don't know misery until you need to find a water pump with a specific month and year of production. It's probably one of the most annoying things about how Ford does things. You constantly run into these weird parts with multiple revisions. Which makes it even stranger that they refuse to fix obvious things like the timing chain and cam phaser problems on their Ecoboost. Rammins makes a good point though, Ford and the dealer are making a ton of money selling repair parts for these poorly designed engines. We were charged $2300 to replace the internal water pump on the wife's Ford Edge. Only 88k miles on the car. Good thing I caught it before it took the bearings out.

RIP Colorado and Canyon.


Once Ford finally brings their T6 Ranger to market in the US, they'll only need to sell about 400,000 of them to catch up.

With any luck, Ford's board of directors will be patient enough with the Ranger that they don't pull the plug before the Ranger catches up. Stranger things have happened in Dearborn down through the years.

Will wipe out Colorado, Tacoma & Canyon sales within a few years.

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