The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger has been revealed this week at the Detroit motor show. Even though the Ranger has been on sale in the UK since 2012, it is being relaunched in the U.S. following a hiatus of nearly eight years.
Ford says the model is being reintroduced to capitalise on growing customer demand for mid-size trucks, which have seen a rise in sales of 83 per cent since 2014, as a new generation of truck buyers seek more manoeuvrable, fuel-efficient pick-ups.
For 2019 the Ranger not only gets a new design but also a chassis and powertrain that has been developed specifically for the North American market. Featuring a high-strength steel frame, the pick-up is powered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The model will come in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trim series with optional Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and also in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.
“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” says Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of product development and purchasing. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.”
Production will begin late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant.