In a recent piece, Motor Trend made a range of predictions about the forthcoming US-market Ford Ranger, including what engines the mid-size truck will offer. The outlet foresees three being made available to American customers: a 2.5L petrol four-cylinder like the 175-hp one in the Fusion; the new, 3.3L petrol V6 used in the 2018 F-150; and either a four- or six-cylinder EcoBoost, or possibly a diesel engine.
We, meanwhile, have our own predictions.
Three Engine Options
We agree that the 2019 Ford Ranger will most likely offer three or more engine options in the US, but where Motor Trend suspects that an EcoBoost engine is a mere possibility, we rather think it’s a given. Ford’s EcoBoost range of turbocharged petrol engines has wormed its way into everything from the F-150 to the Fiesta, to the unobtainium GT supercar, and for good reason: the automaker sees turbocharging as crucial to helping it meet CAFE standards.
As for which EcoBoost engine would be deployed here, we concur that it’s a toss-up between the Mustang’s 2.3L four-cylinder and the F-150’s 2.7L V6.
Additionally, we think there will be at least one normally-aspirated petrol engine made available in the 2019 Ford Ranger – most likely the 2.5L four-cylinder, to avoid encroaching on the performance of the F-150. It will likely serve as the base engine option.
And finally, we think the chances of a diesel engine joining the lineup – whether at launch or a little while after – are fairly strong. The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon both offer GM’s 2.8L Duramax I4, which enjoys a higher take rate in the US than the automaker had anticipated, and Ford isn’t one to be outgunned.
As for which oil-burner is most likely to be deployed here, the 3.2L diesel I5 used in the global Ford Ranger T6 is larger than GM’s I4 Duramax, and has already been federalized for use in the Ford Transit van, so we’d put our money on that one.
Only time will tell if we’re right.
The Ford Ranger, which is slated to make a return to the North American market following several years of absence, will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan before the end of the decade.