Employee Party Kicks Off Production of 2019 Ford Ranger

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By Aaron Bragman

Ford is gearing up to start cranking out U.S.-spec Ranger mid-size pickup trucks in November and officially kicked the party into high gear with a celebration for employees and dealers at the pickup's manufacturing plant in Wayne, Mich., earlier this week. The new 2019 Ford Ranger will be built just outside Detroit at a plant that, until recently, made the Ford Focus compact sedan; it currently is being switched over to produce the Ranger and another hotly anticipated arrival, the 2020 Bronco SUV.

Hundreds of employees braved a chilly morning to attend the party in a huge parking lot. The event featured a makeshift off-road course replete with aggressive mounds, whoop-de-dos and a 22-degree angled corner designed to demonstrate the Ranger's ability to round highly steeped hillsides. While members of the media weren't allowed to drive any of the preproduction trucks (we must wait until December to drive it), we were granted a ridealong to see how easily the new Rangers were able to tackle the aggressive obstacles.

Ford provided every one of the Ranger's trim levels: from the sparsely equipped fleet XL model to the STX Appearance Package to the XLT, Sport and Lariat models. Production at the Wayne Assembly Plant officially starts Nov. 29 with trucks arriving at dealerships in early 2019. As for adding the Ranger Raptor model to the mix, we'd previously heard from the head of Ford Performance that there are no plans to introduce that model to the U.S. mix. But the Detroit Free Press reported Ford's head of global operations Joe Hinrichs as saying "never say never" to the idea of the Ranger Raptor, although he then quickly confirmed that there are no plans to make one right now for the U.S.

Still, if lower-speed off-roading is your scene, my initial look at the Ranger's abilities was promising. Models equipped with the FX4 Off-Road Package easily climbed the challenges laid out for them, employing part-time four-wheel drive and an electronically lockable rear differential. The 270-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine coupled to a standard 10-speed transmission is the only powertrain available, but it seemed stout and strong. We'll know a lot more about how the new 2019 Ford Ranger drives in December, when we get our first drive of the newest entry to the hot mid-size pickup market.

Cars.com photos by Steven Pham

 

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Comments

@Mr Knowitall
Cannot get your reasoning there. It has an increased payload rivaling tbe F150HD because of frame strengthening. That model is used on housing
developments .
Generally tradies would use heavier trucks not utes but is 3000 lb payload

They're excited for the truck and the Ranger's biggest cheerleaders, but I bet none of them plan on buying one. The truck is too limited, too expensive, and has zero configurability. You basically have the choice of trim level and whether it's a 4x4 or 4x2. Oh and you get to chose from extended cab and crew cab, but no choice in bed size - want a crew cab with the 6' bed? nope can't have it. want the extended cab with the 5' bed? nope can't have it. Want a V6? Nope can't have it. Want a diesel option? Nope can't have it. The price is just too high for what you get. But perhaps Ford plans on playing the same game they play in the half-ton market. Build the truck cheap and with limited configurations, then price it with 20% off discounts factored in. This Ranger should be 20% cheaper for what they're offering. I wouldn't be surprised if Ford dealers starts throwing massive incentives on the Ranger by Christmas 2019.

The only way the Ranger sells in big enough numbers to take 2nd place is by expanding the number of possible configurations or by using big incentives to make the truck cheap enough to get buyers to accept the limited configurability.

@RR- do you really believe they use a different frame for 450kg higher GVW???

@ brick

Again dont come after me about grammar and spelling. Your head is filled with bricks.

Stay on topic. This truck is a typical hyped up ford that will sell well but underperform in comparisons.

What a JUNKER!!! The Ford girly girls are going to cream their panties over this, but it is nothing more than a Taurus looking wimp with a bed!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

AHAHAHAHAHAHAH HAHAHAHAAH

Brick is a FIRST CLASS DINGLEBERRY!!!!

AHAHAHAHAHA

Not a bad looking truck, should take lot's of sales from the F150.

Mr Knowitall
They use quite a few different frames on the F150 That is why payload and towing vary depending on the model

Mr Know It All
Found this by accident so Big Al from Australia was right
"unique Ranger Raptor ladder frame chassis was reengineered and strengthened with High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel to meet the tough demands that off road performance driving commands. Tested extensively in the harshest desert environments in both Australia and the USA, the Ranger Raptor chassis delivers maximum toughness and high-spec performance"

Not a bad looking truck, should take lot's of sales from the F150.
Posted by: Fordsarejunk

Actually more likely to impact GM midsize as a number of potential buyers in this choose the GM as they couldn't do the Taco. Now that Ford is back in the game. Well you know how it goes Ford Enters, Ford Wins!

@TNTGMC

Get on topic fuq face.

The REAL Papajim is taking a vacation from PUTC. Too many fake comments. Sad.

@papajim, If your hands get shaky, we'll be here for you.

Good.

With PapaJoke taking a break, that means his bullying and off topic rants will be on a break.

Good.

With PapaJoke taking a break, that means his bullying and off topic rants will be on a break.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Oct 24, 2018 11:45:20 PM

You want to know who is a joke? The person who posted the above comment. You must have a sad existence when the best you can do it post using others user names. Try coming up with one user name and stick with it. Own your comments whether someone else agrees or not. Open your mind to the truths that are out there and stop attempting to engage in and create conspiracies.

A first year Ford?
The junkyards are salivating.
Especially when you consider it is being built by the factory that made Focus's.
Yikes!

I think that the vehicle with a sales edge is still the Tacoma. So why is everyone concerned about GM sales? If this truck is that good, why are y’all quibbling over who’s gonna take second place?

@Lionel
That list has more GM products than any other Maker. It's unbelievable that GM still makes so many unreliable vehicles.

@steeler

"They're excited for the truck and the Ranger's biggest cheerleaders, but I bet none of them plan on buying one. The truck is too limited, too expensive, and has zero configurability. You basically have the choice of trim level and whether it's a 4x4 or 4x2. Oh and you get to chose from extended cab and crew cab, but no choice in bed size - want a crew cab with the 6' bed? nope can't have it. want the extended cab with the 5' bed? nope can't have it. Want a V6? Nope can't have it. Want a diesel option? Nope can't have it. The price is just too high for what you get. But perhaps Ford plans on playing the same game they play in the half-ton market. Build the truck cheap and with limited configurations, then price it with 20% off discounts factored in. This Ranger should be 20% cheaper for what they're offering. I wouldn't be surprised if Ford dealers starts throwing massive incentives on the Ranger by Christmas 2019.

The only way the Ranger sells in big enough numbers to take 2nd place is by expanding the number of possible configurations or by using big incentives to make the truck cheap enough to get buyers to accept the limited configurability.
Posted by: Steelers guy | Oct 24, 2018 4:27:36 PM"


Limited configuration?? The only 2 things the Ranger wont offer that the gm offerings did in 2015 is a crewcab 6ft bed and a V6, and of those 2 things the no V6 should be a non-issue as the 10-speed/ecoboost combo appears to be perfectly suited for small truck buyers. I believe you are just spewing fan boy based garbage....

Limited configurations:

We don't know the breakdown of crew vs king cabs, vs short bed vs long bed for any manufacturer. For a family construction guy who can't afford a full size, I would think crew cab 6' box would be a big seller. I saw a Colorado and a Tacoma in my neighborhood and spoke to both owners, and they love that exact config. if I was going to buy a truck today, brand new, that would be the configuration I prefer because that's the max truck one can buy that still fits in a garage. So crew cab 6' box config brings people to a dealership. I wouldn't even go to Ford to look at the Ranger unless I was really curious to measure the box length of the 6' to see how close my guess of 5' 10" box closed length at the top is.

Rather have the na 3.5 or the 3.7 from a couple years ago mated to a stick shift.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research/10-least-reliable-cars/ar-BBOBgez?ocid=spartandhp#page=1

Posted by: Lionel | Oct 24, 2018 2:30:33 PM

No way hoodwink!! That is a biased report!! I just got done watching a commercial with the gay guy with a beard who found some real people who weren't actors and they said Traverse, Silverado 2500 and Enclave are all on JD Powers initial quality so that means they can't be least reliable after 90 days is up!! You lie!!! Lie!!! Lie just like Edmunds!!!!! Tell him Papa! Tell Him GMS!! Tell him johnny!!

"Right now, If I had to chose I would buy the Colorado/Canyon. The only reason why and the reason I held off 2 years of buying a Colorado is the GM twins in 2017 come with AWD standard on the 4wd models. In rain and snowy/ice patching streets awd is the way to go.." ---- Posted by: Dave

--- If we go by my '19 Colorado, the system is 2WD under 'normal' conditions. You can select in 'Auto' for rainy or mildly questionable conditions and finally the 4Hi/N/4L modes for more serious conditions. As yet, I haven't trialed any of those settings since picking it up just over 3 weeks ago.

There are only three reasons I did not choose the Ford Ranger over my Colorado:

• It's a Ford. My experience with Ford products has never been good.
• Not available after being teased about the model for over a year... claiming "late '18" and suggesting the October through December period... then delaying until "early '19."
• Too small an engine. I don't care that it pushes nearly 300 horses and over 300 torque; it's still a tiny 2.3L four and if that turbo goes, you lose 2/3rds of its horsepower. Imagine towing a near-limit travel trailer when that turbo blows. Do you really want to take that risk?

Center console is horrible on this. The Chevrolet Colorado center console is perfect. It's long enough so that you can rest your elbow on it and have your hand on the gear shift at the same time-very comfortable. Whoever came up with this design should be fired, it's not ergonomic. Also, why no power sliding rear window. I just don't get how Ford could get so much right with this truck and then overlook things like these.

"The Chevrolet Colorado center console is perfect." ---- Posted by: MidwestTruck

Not true. Oh, sure, it's very comfortable; I use the arm rest all the time and you can certainly rest your hand on the shifter. But just try putting a modern smartphone on the wireless charger. Any of the "plus"-sized phones can't fit. Not just don't fit--literally can't fit. The enclosure is not wide enough to lay the phone flat crosswise nor long enough to lay the phone lengthwise. And nearly 2/3rds of smartphones today seem to be plus-sized models, not smaller ones. I'll grant I used to not like the bigger phones myself but since I purchased my first one a few years back, I've found them very convenient as a cross between phone and tablet, which is extremely useful when traveling and needing to 'proof' photographs and videos prior to uploading them to a computer for editing. Most big-phone users have a reason for choosing larger over smaller.

On the other hand, the height of the console means a near-ideal arm rest as well as a deep, deep storage area able to stand your sunglasses on end, a container of pens and pencils upright or simply stacks of tissues or other clutter.

Limited configuration?? The only 2 things the Ranger wont offer that the gm offerings did in 2015 is a crewcab 6ft bed and a V6, and of those 2 things the no V6 should be a non-issue as the 10-speed/ecoboost combo appears to be perfectly suited for small truck buyers. I believe you are just spewing fan boy based garbage....


Posted by: FullSize_only

You get ZERO options for engine+transmission. There are a lot of us that want a RELIABLE Ranger, not some overboosted ecoboost. I've had two 3.5 eb's already and they were terrible when it comes to reliability. The first one went through two sets of timing chains and cam phasers. The second one had constant problems caused by bad injectors, bad coils, defective throttle bodies (went through 3 of them in 25k miles), a turbo seal went bad, the oil pan leaked, and it was using oil right up until I got rid of it. Ford has all kinds of Duratec V6's they can offer, there's no reason we should have the choice of a plain naturally aspirated V6 like Toyota and GM offer. The best thing about the old Ranger was that they offered a manual transmission. Why can't they put the MT82 from the Mustang in the 2019 Ranger? There's zero reason they couldn't do it.

Since johnny doe’s temporary ban was lifted, he never comes around.

It’s been fabulous

Since johnny doe’s temporary ban was lifted, he never comes around.

It’s been fabulous


Posted by: BA | Oct 25, 2018 10:10:13 PM

I was never on temporary ban. Get your facts straight.

I was never on temporary ban. Get your facts straight.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Oct 25, 2018 10:55:17 PM


You want to know who should be banned? The person who posted the above comment. You must have a sad existence when the best you can do it post using others user names. Try coming up with one user name and stick with it. Own your comments whether someone else agrees or not. Open your mind to the truths that are out there and stop attempting to engage in and create conspiracies

2019 Truck of the year!!

@Joe

2019 TOTY?

Here at Papajim for President headquarters we just got off of a conference call with everybody's favorite Papa. He's doing fine, just a little vacation (he's hoping to collect some antlers). Papa said that the Ranger has real potential to be HUGE--as long as Ford doesn't screw it up.

Remember the old T-Bird? 2 seats, sporty and glamorous! Remember the original Mustang? Affordable, sporty fun, right? The original Ford Explorer? It re-defined the entire off-road genre and at the same time totally invented (or re-invented) the SUV.

What did Ford execs do? In every case they loused it up. Made the TBird into an overweight fatso luxury car; made the Mustang into a lead sled (and after that a Pinto), and they turned the rear-drive V8 Explorer into a CUV with a wimpy personality.

Ford cannot let the new Ranger turn into a Love Boat, but Papajim is betting they'll try. Stick to offering the public a basic pickup with some interior and chassis upgrades. Leave the love boat stuff to the high F150s.

Good luck Papa, hope you get a shot at bullwinkle!

Ford sells trucks, Gm sells trucks.........

Posted by: FullSize_only | Oct 24, 2018 12:16:10 PM

That's one of my better lines. It burns the Ford guys so bad. Get used to it.

@ Angelo & Steelers Guy,
I can't agree with you more with regards to Ford not offering a SuperCrew long bed, despite a demand for them. All of Ford’s mid-size competition does offer a crew cab/long bed configuration. I will not consider a F-150 for the additional bed volume, but would instead shop another mid-size brand. The F-150 has grown too large and expensive since I bought my '02 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew. If I were a betting man, I'd think that's why Ford is choosing not to give us this Ranger option.... hoping people like me "move up" into an F-150.

There are many mountain bikers, paddlers and other outdoor enthusiast like myself who are looking for mid-size truck for its narrower width (think back country access) yet allows bikes, boats and other gear IN THE BED WITH THE TAILGATE UP. The tailgate up is often a necessity while using hitch mounted bike racks, not to mention towing anything.

I hope there are serious considerations being made at Ford to extend the wheelbase in order to offer a SuperCrew with a 6 foot bed in the near future.

Quite comical. GMSRGREAT forgets to change his login to one of his aliases he uses before commenting.

What a clown.

"Not true. Oh, sure, it's very comfortable; I use the arm rest all the time and you can certainly rest your hand on the shifter. But just try putting a modern smartphone on the wireless charger. Any of the "plus"-sized phones can't fit. Not just don't fit--literally can't fit. The enclosure is not wide enough to lay the phone flat crosswise nor long enough to lay the phone lengthwise. And nearly 2/3rds of smartphones today seem to be plus-sized models, not smaller ones."

@Vulpine--It seems like a manufacturer should have considered this since most people have some form of smart phone or tablet and the size of these have grown. For safety the manufacture should make it easier to user your phone hands free and many charge their phones while driving.

Updated table of rear legroom, bed length, and overall length.
Some manufacturers left out because I tired of the marketing falsehoods. Standard garage length 235".

18RamQuad__34.7"__6'4.3"__229.0"
18RamCrew__40.3"__6'4.3"__237.9"
19RamQuad__35.6”__6’4.3”__228.9”
19RamCrew__45.2”__6’4.3”__241.8”
ColoradoCrw__35.8"__6'2"___224.6”.
TacomaDCab_32.6"__6'1.7"__225.5".
Ridgeline____36.7"__5' 3.6"*_210.0" (* Only 4’11.5” at top)

Ram claims they upped the quad cab legroom 1", but the overall length didn't change. I think their marketing was just playing "fast and fancy" so they could keep up with midsize legroom marketers. Keep in mind that all these bed lengths are measured at the bottom with the tailgate closed. One needs to subtract 2-3" to get the length measured from the top. And Ridgeline takes the cake with 4" difference from top and bottom measurement.

You get ZERO options for engine+transmission. There are a lot of us that want a RELIABLE Ranger, not some overboosted ecoboost. I've had two 3.5 eb's already and they were terrible when it comes to reliability. The first one went through two sets of timing chains and cam phasers. The second one had constant problems caused by bad injectors, bad coils, defective throttle bodies (went through 3 of them in 25k miles), a turbo seal went bad, the oil pan leaked, and it was using oil right up until I got rid of it. Ford has all kinds of Duratec V6's they can offer, there's no reason we should have the choice of a plain naturally aspirated V6 like Toyota and GM offer. The best thing about the old Ranger was that they offered a manual transmission. Why can't they put the MT82 from the Mustang in the 2019 Ranger? There's zero reason they couldn't do it.
Posted by: Ernie | Oct 25, 2018 9:39:58 PM

Exactly. You nailed it. No NA V6 for those of us that want a reliable engine, no manual transmission, no CC with a larger bed, etc. Instead they tell you which engine you have to choose, which transmission you hav to accept, limited bed/cab combos, etc.

You get ZERO options for engine+transmission. There are a lot of us that want a RELIABLE Ranger, not some overboosted ecoboost. I've had two 3.5 eb's already and they were terrible when it comes to reliability. The first one went through two sets of timing chains and cam phasers. The second one had constant problems caused by bad injectors, bad coils, defective throttle bodies (went through 3 of them in 25k miles), a turbo seal went bad, the oil pan leaked, and it was using oil right up until I got rid of it. Ford has all kinds of Duratec V6's they can offer, there's no reason we should have the choice of a plain naturally aspirated V6 like Toyota and GM offer. The best thing about the old Ranger was that they offered a manual transmission. Why can't they put the MT82 from the Mustang in the 2019 Ranger? There's zero reason they couldn't do it.
Posted by: Ernie | Oct 25, 2018 9:39:58 PM

Exactly. You nailed it. No NA V6 for those of us that want a reliable engine, no manual transmission, no CC with a larger bed, etc. Instead they tell you which engine you have to choose, which transmission you have to accept, limited bed/cab combos, etc.

TFLtruck.com claims the Ranger has the biggest crew legroom in its' class, but the Ranger brochure doesn't even have a dimension for it. Otherwise, I would of put it into the table above. But, if there marketing can't share that information, I didn't feel Ranger was even worthy of being listed.

My friend is an engineer at Ford. He told me the other day that Ford has achieved 21/27 in 2wd and 20/25 in 4wd. Just waiting on EPA certification. He also said the Ranger is a 2 year plan truck and will be replaced in 2021 with an all new from the frame up to include many more features. Basically he stated this was the quickest way for Ford to put a competitive truck into the class doing it right and establish a base before going all in.

this was the quickest way for Ford to put a competitive truck into the class doing it right and establish a base before going all in.
Posted by: Randy R. | Oct 28, 2018

@Randy

Hard to call this a competitive truck unless you're taking a hard look at the lame offerings from the competition (or lack of any offering). Toyota's small truck is a joke. The GM twins were several years old before they even hit the showrooms in the US. RAM has none. Nissan's is more than 10 years old. The Honda is a car shaped like a truck that sells fewer units in a year than most sell in a month.

With that kind of competitive landscape Ford did not have to try very hard. As others have noted Ford (rhymes with Bored) offers one engine, one trans and a short list of options. Hopefully the 4x4 platform in the Ranger is more durable than the plastic crap in the F150.

Apart from all that, Ford's new truck can compete.

Posted by: papajim | Oct 30, 2018 7:13:39 PM
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I'm mainly hung up on the new Ranger not having a SuperCrew long bed available as a basic option, but also agree with the lack of engine options. The naturally aspirated 3.3 liter 6 cylinder out of the F-150 would be my choice. I do a bunch of short trips without opening an engine up on the highway which seems to be a BIG issue (carbon build-up) with turbo charged engines. Not slamming the E.B since other brands have the same issue. I'm fine with the 10 speed auto but would like to see an FX2 package offered (other markets is called HighRider). Basically the 4x4 ride height but still 2 wheel drive. I would love a factory sunroof as well, but not a deal breaker.

This is Ford's way of saying we have a midsize too, and keeping it small enough such that they can get a better feel for a "take rate" for a real small truck in 2022 which will probably slip to 2023 with the speed at which Ford has brought this Ranger to market. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180731/OEM04/180739919/ford-readying-a-compact-pickup-by-2022-report-says

But clearly, the limited options available on the Ranger is their way of protecting F150 sales. I mean really, without the long bed crew cab option, a person who needs a full size is going to go to Ford dealership to shop a full-size. They aren't going to go to Ford for a full-size and walk out with a midsize. Ford has made a REALLY clear delineation so they can firmly hold onto full-size #1 position status. Many here have already stated this fact.

@Angelo,
I agree that Ford will try to "up-sell" people like me who want a SuperCrew long bed to a F-150. But no up-sale for me... I will leave the brand and shop for a mid-size from Fords competition before I consider a full size. Instead of selling me something I want (that ALL of the completion has) Ford will get ZERO sales from me and others who don't need the size and expense of a full size truck.

I've owned nothing but Ford trucks (both bought new) since November of 1993... First a 1994 Ranger XLT SuperCab and then in Jan of '02 a 2002 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew. I've been hoping for years to get a new Ranger, but right out of the gate Ford is missing the mark by not offering this most basic cab/bed configuration.

One engine, one transmission.. I am surprised Ford offered more than 1 color.

Pathetic.

Colorado's and Tacoma's have nothing to be concerned about from this platform.



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