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Predictions About The Next North American Ford Ranger

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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.

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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.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Ford HAS to roll out a diesel with this or it may not be able to grab enough market share to make this truck worth building.

  2. I want it with the 2.7 ecoboost and 10speed transmission.

    4×4 super cab (small back seat for keeping some cargo out of the bed, I don’t even want the back seats, just the secured / weather protected space) with 6 foot bed.

  3. Take out that center counsel stuff and keep the bench front seat for the woman to scoot close to driver……give me the build info because I would love to build one to have come first off the line

    • Couldn’t agree more about center console. I still drive my 1998 Ranger and have been wanting a new one for years….even looked at buying the Colorado – BUT it had that stupid center console. If the Ranger front seat is like the Colorado with that console….I won’t buy the new Ranger, even though I’m a big fan.

  4. I’d say make the 2.3L EcoBoost the base engine and offer the 3.2L Duratorq/PowerStroke 5 cylinder diesel. Heck, why not the 3.7L Cyclone V6?

  5. I like what I see, but will there be an extended cab body style or will it only be available in the full 4 door model ??

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