A 2019 Ford Ranger has been spotted testing near the car maker's Dearborn headquarters. While the vehicle had a black-and-white coating of wavy dots, it resembled the Ranger that was being sold overseas. Spy photos revealed a downsized version of the Ford F-150.
Since it was discontinued in 2011, the Ford Ranger left a huge hole in the company's lineup. Car and Driver reports that Ford thought that without a small or mid-sized truck, sales of its F-150 would increase. With Toyota, Nissan, and General Motors left to fight it out, Ford knew that they have to get back into the game. The 2019 Ford Ranger is providing buyers with another truck option.
Currently being developed at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant, the next generation Ranger will come with minor tweaks to design it for domestic duty. The 2019 Ford Ranger is expected to get its power from a turbocharged EcoBoost 2.3-liter inline-four for the standard model. The Premium and Sports model, on the other hand, will be powered by an EcoBoost 2.7-liter or 3.5-liter V6 engine.
Yahoo reveals that the 2019 Ford Ranger will reportedly have Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission. The new model will minimally adopt C-shaped headlights and a three-bar grille. The domestic version of the Ranger will be related to the overseas model, which was built by Ford of Australia and is sold in different markets around the world. The new Ranger will come in rear, four, and all-wheel drive versions.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will compete with the likes of Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma. It will become available in the market by 2018 with the Ford Bronco launching the following year. As for the price, Ford is ensuring that the new Ranger will remain competitive with its price tag of $25,000.