As part of its “25 Cars Worth Waiting For” feature, Car and Driver has named the (alleged) North American 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup, and painted a picture of what to expect when the Blue Oval brings the nameplate back to the U-S-of-A.
C/D expects to see the Ford Ranger arrive with a base price starting at $25,000, with the 3.2-liter diesel engine the lonely, current powerplant likely to make its way to the North American market. The 2.2-liter diesel and 2.5-liter Duratec petrol four-cylinder will probably be replaced with an EcoBoost four-cylinder and a normally-aspirated V6, according to them. Like the global T6 Ford Ranger sold now in other markets, the new, 2019 model will keep its body-on-frame construction.
The 2019 Ford Ranger could be a slam dunk for the motor company if it is indeed integrated back into the North American market. The mid-size truck segment is strong right now, and C/D reports that Toyota sold nearly 180,000 Tacomas in 2015, while GM’s Canyon/Colorado duo sold around 100,000 units. The Ford Ranger could outsell them all, and the 3.2-liter diesel could help it outgun the oil-burning Canyon and Colorado in terms of fuel economy, to boot.
Expect the 2019 Ford Ranger for North America to go into production some time in 2018 at the Michigan Assembly Plant. Oh yeah, and watch out for the Bronco SUV likely to follow it.