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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Changing the name to F125 would be better than Ranger in the US. Too much confusion with smaller US Ranger.
Posted by: Robert Ryan | Dec 19, 2017 5:10:08 PM

@Robert Ryan; F125 will definitely create to much confusion, I backup Ford's decision to stick with the global well known Ranger. Besides, I can see all the GOVT motor fangirls cry foul it would boaster F-series sales.

Also fyi, I parked my Wildtrak Ranger side-by-side to a buddies '11 US Ranger; not that much notable difference in size. So to all the complainer's here the new Ranger has gotten too big, wrong, it's the perfect size & I believe it will be the right size of the future; almost as capable as full size trucks, more nimble and can still fit in your garage!

Meanwhile, some numbers to gawk at;

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-midsize/best-selling-vehicles-in-america-%e2%80%93-december-edition/ss-BBGhu1C?li=BBnb4R5&ocid=spartandhp#image=1

I think it is going to be more traumatic for the GM fans having Ford not only sell more full size pick up trucks as it does already but sell more trucks overall and evaporate the only thing left.

@FXDX1450..., hey, what if Ram sales improve to the point that..., gulp..., surpass the Silverado next year..., oh my..., that could happen for more than just 2 or 3 months...
Does Ram have the factory production capacity?

Does it really matter who sells the most as long as they are making a healthy profit? FCA is making money on Ram and Jeep and GM is doing well with GMC and Chevy trucks. Ford has its own issues but having those truck sales puts them in a much better position than they would have been. Take the truck sales away from the Big 3 and then you would see them all bleeding. Being #2 or #3 is still a good position to be in if you are making money.

Does it really matter who sells the most as long as they are making a healthy profit? FCA is making money on Ram and Jeep and GM is doing well with GMC and Chevy trucks. Ford has its own issues but having those truck sales puts them in a much better position than they would have been. Take the truck sales away from the Big 3 and then you would see them all bleeding. Being #2 or #3 is still a good position to be in if you are making money.

@Jeff S..., agreed...

Meanwhile, some numbers to gawk at;

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-midsize/best-selling-vehicles-in-america-%e2%80%93-december-edition/ss-BBGhu1C?li=BBnb4R5&ocid=spartandhp#image=1

Posted by: Lionel | Dec 19, 2017 7:37:47 PM

Hahaha! GM reports total sales for each of its 2 full size model trucks. Ford is chicken to do that so instead combines sales of both models of full size trucks and reports then as if it was 1 model. Lame!

@Lionel
The US Ranger was the same size as the Mazda and Ford Courier Current Chevrolet Colorado is the same size as the Ranger

@GMSRGREAT..., Still at it, eh?..., You’ve been called out for that statement so many times by so many people that..., well, that you downgrade yourself..., C’mon..., No matter how many times you state or twist this..., It doesn’t make it any more true...

@The Lawn Ranger

I do think for RAM it is the constraint of production capacity. If that can be increased it is very likely that RAM could surpass Chevrolet.

GMS is a hoot! Now comes clean that there are two models. It was just a matter of time for that to happen when you are chasing your own tail and in live in the comfort of one's own council. ( Heard that phrase before, on this site, it's awesome!).

You’ve been called out for that statement so many times by so many people that..., well, that you downgrade yourself..., C’mon..., No matter how many times you state or twist this..., It doesn’t make it any more true...

Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Dec 19, 2017 9:35:13 PM

Please list all of your other names you use to call me out. Truth is I am correct and you can't disprove facts.

@GMSRGREAT..., GM reports sales for the Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500..., which are less than Ford’s F-Series F150 thru F650. Neither manufacturer breaks down those figures for us. I’ll keep helping you out there.

@GMSRGREAT..., Oh boy..., the truth..., prove it..., or face getting called out by The Lawn Ranger...

@GMSRGREAT..., Can’t disprove facts?..., Wait, What?..., You claim that the Silverado is number one in sales..., It is ahead of the Sierra, and the Silverado 1500 sales more than the Silverado 2500/3500 combined..., Is that what you are claiming?..., C’mon..., enlighten us...

Koo koo

and the Silverado 1500 sales more than the Silverado 2500/3500 combined..., Is that what you are claiming?..., C’mon..., enlighten us...

Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Dec 19, 2017 10:34:13 PM

Using the link that your buddy Frank supplied earlier you will find there are 2 graphs, one showing F-150 VS Chevy Silverado, the other showing Superduty vs Chevy Silverado.

http://cars.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201b8d1f90f1f970c-pi

http://cars.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201bb0912b0f8970d-pi

All those chevy's had "Silverado" written on then which equates to approx 590,000 Silverado's sold in 2015, according to the graph.

That's more Silverados than the approximately 525,000 of F-150 sold or 249,000 of Ford's other separately marketed model truck, the Superduty.

Now do you fake news loving Ford freaks understand? Chevy could just a easily start claiming the Silverado as the best selling full size model truck (as I do) and be 100% correct (as I am) in doing so. Ford combines two completely different looking and marketed model trucks for their Fake advertisement claims.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Dec 10, 2017 5:26:41 AM

@GMSRGREAT..., One graph shows that the F-150 sold more than the Silverado 1500 and the other graph shows the Ford Superduty sold more than the Silverado 2500/3500..., Whoa there..., You proved MY point..., why? Why did you go on and do that to yourself?
And current figures in 2017 will show the F150 pulling even further ahead in sales over the Silverado..., not to mention that the Superduty is king of the class...,
Post responsibly and Behave there GMSRGREAT

WOW-GMSRGREAT just got taken to school. I feel sorry for you bro.

-CT

The US Ranger will be a newer design that will probably be used in the Global Ranger. Posted by: Jeff S | Dec 19, 2017

@Jeff S

It sounds like you're guessing. So far, the best info I've seen from Ford sounds like the T6 (global Ranger) that received a mild update in 2015 is the truck that North America will see. If you have info that is more up to date, please share.

A lot of speculation refers to the 2.7 Ecoboost being an option but my opinion is the big cylinder heads on the 2.7 will be a VERY tight fit between the wheelwells of the Ranger. Ford would be smarter to offer a 4 cylinder 2.5 gas engine as the base, and an Ecoboost 4 cylinder 2.5 gasser as the upgrade.

A turbo 2.5 would easily make 250 HP and 300 lbs/ft of torque, similar to the engine in the current Explorer. Probably cheaper to build than a 2.7 too.

http://cars.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201b8d1f90f1f970c-pi

http://cars.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201bb0912b0f8970d-pi

@lawn Ranger and crunchtime. Allow me one more time to impact a little reality (math): into your little peanut sized brains.
Using the graphs for 2015 sales provided by

Question 1 :How many vehicles were produced with the name plates Silverado written on them? Answer: 590,000.

Question 2: How many vehicles were produced with the name plates F-150 written on them? Answer 525,000

Question 3: How many vehicles were produced with the name plates or stampings Superduty written on them. Anwser: 240,000.

So there you have it. 3 differently marketed vehicles. Silverado wins. Have a great day, losers!

@GMSRGREAT..., a little angry? Resorting to hurling out the insults? Tsk..., Tsk..., Tsk...

@GMS

How many Silverado1500?
How many of the other model "Silverado HD"?

@papa jim--The picture above is different than the Global Ranger. This Ranger has a bigger front and is less aerodynamic. As for the 2.7 you could be right but then we might have to wait and see the truck when it is available. Ford does have some turbo 4's that could be used in the Ranger. Just too many unknowns as to what this truck will be like. The Colorado/Canyon will still be competitive and for now they are the only newer midsize trucks on the market until the new Frontier is released and this Ranger. GM did beat Ford and FCA to the market with the Colorado/Canyon and so far that was a good move for GM. Recently I have seen a number of new Colorados on the road mostly the crew cabs with 4x4. Nice truck, I even like the Canyon.

Images of the Global Ranger on the following link

https://www.google.com/search?q=global+ranger&rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS751US751&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjClNSz8pjYAhUITSYKHYnYBf4QsAQIOw&biw=1600&bih=769

@Jeff S

The 2.7 Ecoboost is only 200 cc bigger than the 2.5 that's already being used in the Explorer.

Using the 4 cylinder engine keeps the underhood area free for maintenance and repair, unlike the 2.7 and you realize that Ford will surely offer at least one of the 2.5's as a base engine.

Why suffer an awkward fit under the hood for the sake of 200 ccs?

@GMS

How many Silverado1500?
How many of the other model "Silverado HD"?

Posted by: GM Blows Chunks | Dec 20, 2017 8:35:34 AM

Silverado = 1 model offering different capabilities based on series selected. 1500, 2500, 3500.

F-150 model light duty truck matches up with Silverado 1500 in capability.
Superduty model = different model from F-150 offering greater capabilities that match Silverado 2500 and 3500.

Silverado, the best selling full size model truck.

@papajim. There is no 2.5 engine in the explorer. The base is the 3.5 NA with option of the 2.3 turbo 4 that produces 280hp. That same engine produces 300+ in the mustang. I do think a NA 4 cylinder should be offered in the new ranger but im not sure if they will. I think the new 3.3 NA from the F150 will also be offered. The 2.7 would be the choice for a mimi raptor version. I do wonder if Ford will offer a 4 cyl TD to compete with GM

@smokin

agree.

The 2.3 4 cylinder turbo would be a great upgrade motor compare to an NA 4 cylinder.

the 3.3 engine suffers from the same problem as the 2.7 (it's too wide).

GMS

How many Silverado1500?
How many of the other model "Silverado HD"?

Posted by: GM Blows Chunks | Dec 20, 2017 8:35:34 AM

Silverado = 1 model offering different capabilities based on series selected. 1500, 2500, 3500.

F-150 model light duty truck matches up with Silverado 1500 in capability.
Superduty model = different model from F-150 offering greater capabilities that match Silverado 2500 and 3500.

Silverado, the best selling full size model truck.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Dec 20, 2017 9:55:11 AM

You are engaged in willful misrepresentation. Your Jane Austen Pride &Prejudice Elizabeth Bennett act has worn thin.
The Silverado or Sierra 2500HD,3500HD are a different model from the Silverado1500 or Sierra 1500. You conveniently leave off the HD when you putting forth you spin. model designation. You would like to live in the fantasy that "Silverado" is a single model,going have burst your pink ballon.
The 2500HD, & 3500HD have greater capability and capacity as they are a different model from the 1500, this is according to GM marketing. I assume you can read and have actually experienced the product. I perhaps have assumed too much in regards to the previous sentence.
Any way you you would like to slice dice,dip,dodge or evade , Ford sells more full size pickup trucks than the combination of the Chevrolet &GMC divisions of GM.

@GMSRGREAT..., Oh my gosh..., You are getting the whole dictionary thrown at you..., For slicing, dicing, dipping, dodging, evading, spinning, denying, deflecting, defending, twisting, misrepresenting your so-called truth..., Run GMSRGREAT Run

@FXDX1450..., The Jane Austin reference nearly knocked me out...,too funny my friend..., too funny...

@ papajim. Is the 3.3 or 2.7EB too wide. I have not personally looked at the new Colarado with the OHC 3.6. Is that engine narrower. Would not the fit be the same if the Ranger had the same basic width as the Colarado or even the Tacoma?

@Jeff S
Easily fit a 2.7. This one has a supercharged 5 litre Coyote transplant. It was done to make it look like a factory option.
Interestingly the 3.2 Diesel had grenaded. This is a problem with the 3.2 and lubrication issues
https://www.4x4australia.com.au/reviews/custom-4x4s/1708/supercharged-v8-powered-ford-ranger-review

"Success" is a relative term lol. The whole continent of Europe consumes only about 50,000 pickups a year.

@Robert Ryan--If that is true then Ford should offer it as an option on the Ranger and if there is an NA Raptor Ranger then it should definitely have the 2.7. That would definitely be a selling point and could capture some Tacoma sales especially those who find the new Tacoma's V-6 lacking.

Hey lawn gardener and NFG1450: I threw down a challenge for both of you to prove me wrong. Still waiting. Actually, I'll let you off the hook if you can provide 1 Ford model anything that has sold 518,888 copies this ytd.

@GMSRGREAT..., Now you are flying off the handle...

@GMSRGREAT..., What's with the name calling..., I can't figure out what NFG means...,

@GMSRGREAT..., GM didn't sell 500k+ of the Silverado 1500..., Ford sold more than 500k+ this year and in that graph you posted from 2015 sales..., Please Post Responsibly and Behave

@GMS ,Actually we are going to let you off the hook as it is clear you do not have both oars in the water. Enjoy the fantasy, say hey to the unicorn.

@Jeff S
The 3.5 Ecoboost engine is being tested in the Ranger Raptor. I doubt they would offer the Coyote.

@Ken Lyns
The market for Pickups in Europe is extremely tiny . They sell roughly 80,000 for a total market depending on where you draw the line of 650 million.

@GMSRGREAT..., GM didn't sell 500k+ of the Silverado 1500..., Ford sold more than 500k+ this year and in that graph you posted from 2015 sales..., Please Post Responsibly and Behave

Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Dec 20, 2017 6:56:45 PM

Silverado = 1 model that comes in 3 different levels of capability. F-150 least capable model. You need to step up to Superduty to truly compete with the more capable Silverado.

@Smokin

The V6 Fords are too wide. Period. That does not mean it CANNOT fit, it means that it's too wide to be practical. R. Ryan mentions the 3.5 Ecoboost in a Raptor Ranger but the geometry under the hood of the Raptor will be different from a street grade Ranger.

The far more desirable choice for Ford fans is offering two 4 cylinder gassers (one turbo) and one 4 cylinder turbo diesel. It covers all the bases and offers better weight distribution, lower cost and a more practical fit under the hood.

What's not to like?

"Success" is a relative term lol. The whole continent of Europe consumes only about 50,000 pickups a year. Posted by: Ken Lyns | Dec 20, 2017

@Ken Lyns

The economy in Europe has been in the toilet for the better part of 10 years. If you subtract Germany, the UK and Scandinavia from the EU it's a third world proposition.

If the EU economy was not on life support they might be buying more trucks.

Chevrolet Silverado, two models- 1500 light duty, and the Heavy Duty model in two capabilities 2500HD & 3500HD.

Ford F Series, two models, 150 light duty, and the Super Duty model in four capabilities 250, 350, 450, 550.
You need to step up to Ford F Series and soon to be released Ranger for the best built, toughest, most capable ,reliable and longest lasting pickup trucks.


Wow that Ranger is a disappointment, Ford has nothing on GM or Toyota. Better luck in the year 2030. HAHAHAHA!

@papajim
Got absolutely nothing to do with European purchases. Pickup Trucks are not what they use for work vehicles. Vans, Cab Chassis variants and Trucks in that order . Commercial vehicles are booming in Europe.
It is bit like saying Baseball teams will buy more Cricket bats because the economy is booming.


@papajim
"Ryan mentions the 3.5 Ecoboost in a Raptor Ranger but the geometry under the hood of the Raptor will be different from a street grade Ranger."
No wrong there , the same . Latest news they are putting in a 2 Litre Diesel for the Ranger Raptor. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.

@papajim
"The economy in Europe has been in the toilet for the better part of 10 years. If you subtract Germany, the UK and Scandinavia from the EU it's a third world proposition."
Very wrong there. EU should be on track for over 16 million vehicles this year. They do not buy as many personal vehicles as there is comprehensive , quick and reliable public transport.Some parts are almost impossible to get around in a 4 Wheel vehicle.



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