By Bassem Girgis
From 1983 to 2011, the Ford Ranger was a ubiquitous sight on American roads. The little brother of the Ford F-150 was a compact pickup that satisfied the needs and budgets of thousands of Americans. In December 2011, Ford made the decision to discontinue the Ranger model. Although the Ranger was an ideally-sized truck for many people, the rapid growth of full-size trucks, like the Ford F-150, directly affected its sales, and the decline led to Ford’s decision to discontinue its “little truck that could.”
By the time the Ford Ranger was reaching the end of its legendary run, it was offered in a V6 4-liter engine, as well as a 2.3-liter V4 engine. The little truck was rated to consume 15 MPG of fuel on the streets, 19 MPG on the open highway, 22 MPG on the streets, and 27 MPG on the highway. The V4 engine produced 143 HP, while the V6 Ranger produced 207 HP, making the truck both capable and fuel-efficient.
In response to the Chevrolet Colorado, the little brother of the Silverado, Ford finally announced the return of the famous Ranger. At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford officially announced that the Ranger will be returning to America’s roads in 2019.
According to Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of Ford Motor Company, the 2019 Ford Ranger will look similar to the European Ford Ranger that’s already on the market. Although it’s unclear how similar the American Ranger will be to its European cousin, we’re already quite pleased with the European version.
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European Ford Ranger
The European Ford Ranger has received a complete facelift as of its latest model. The new and improved Euro Ranger now holds a 2.2-liter or 3.2-liter TDCI engine.
As for technology, we anticipate the new American Ranger to have the latest infotainment system: Ford’s SYNC 3 — the most advanced and user-friendly system offered by the company.
The European Ranger is designed for durability, and it doesn’t fall short in the safety department. The truck comes with features that detect various obstacles on the road and control your speed accordingly. The Euro Ranger also has towing features that prevent trailer swaying since it’s capable of towing close to 8,000 pounds.
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As for the facelift, the new European Ranger is more visually pleasing than the old rough-edged ones with its aerodynamic, sleek, and sporty design.
For years, rumors have been flying about the American Ranger’s return, but now we finally have an official confirmation from Ford that 2019 is in fact the year of the Ranger. If you’re wondering why a great number of American car enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting this comeback, it’s because the Ranger will be among the most efficient trucks on the market. With an EcoBoost V4 engine, extremely attractive fuel consumption specs, and a base price below $25,000, it’ll be hard to beat this returning legend.
The question remains, however: “Will the popularity of the full-size trucks affect the sales of the new American Ranger?”
Even though we can’t answer this question yet, we know that the Toyota Tacoma’s sales have been rising, as well as those of the Chevrolet Colorado, which sold over 100,000 units in 2015. These trends indicate to us that with the current economic climate, compact trucks are once again on the rise. With Ford being one of America’s automotive leaders, we know the anticipation will continue to increase, and we just can’t wait to see the Ranger make its way once more as a scrappy little underdog on America’s roads.
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