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2019 Ford Ranger unveiled in Detroit

 - 24/01/2018

Knowing how popular pickup trucks are with American buyers, it's perhaps a little surprising that Ford's best-known pickup in the rest of the world hasn't even been offered for sale in the US since 2011. That's about to change though, as the all-new USA version of the 2019 Ford Ranger has finally been launched in America at this year's auto show in Detroit.

It must feel a little odd that the maker of America's best-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck, is actually entering one part of the lucrative US pickup market as something of an underdog as the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are the clear front-runners in midsize trucks at the moment. In fact, the Colorado is probably largely responsible for the return of the midsize Ranger to the American market, as since the Chevy was reintroduced in 2014 the midsize truck segment has grown by a massive 84 percent.

Although the new 2019 Ford Ranger looks a lot like the truck sold in the rest of the world outside North America, the model being unveiled in Detroit features a number of changes to make it suitable for the US market. Under the hood there won't be a diesel, but instead there will be a version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four that's already found in the Focus RS and the Ford Mustang. That means direct-injection, 16 valves, a twin-scroll turbocharger, forged-steel crank and connecting rods, and chain-driven cams, but what else has been done to make it right for pickup duties is yet to be revealed by Ford. The power ratings are also to be announced, but it will have to be 300 horsepower or more to compete with the market leaders. A diesel could follow later on though.

There are also aesthetic changes to the global model, which most notably include revised front and rear styling. The grille and lower bumper are different from the rest of the world's Rangers, and Ford points out that the Ranger is the only vehicle in its class to feature a steel bumper. The tailgate has the Ranger logo embossed along the bottom along similar lines to the revised F-150, and there's also new trim on the wheel arches. Overall, the American Ranger has a slightly more buff, muscular look than its global sibling, but it's still largely the same look that the rest of the world has known for some time.


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