2019 American-spec Ford Ranger unveiled

After a seven-year absence, the Ford Ranger is set to return to North America. The new mid-size pick-up might look familiar, because it’s based on the Ranger T6 that was originally launched in Asia, Europe and other markets in 2011.

Indeed, redesigned bumpers apart, the North American version appears to be virtually identical to the Ranger which is already sold elsewhere. However, there are some significant differences.

Ford Ranger SuperCrew (2019 North American Spec) Front Side

Chief among them is the powertrain. Every Ranger destined for Canada and the USA will have a 2.3 litre EcoBoost gasoline engine. Output remains a mystery, but this four-cylinder turbocharged unit is going to come mated to a segment-exclusive ten-speed automatic transmission. Ford isn’t currently intending to offer a manual gearbox alternative.

SuperCab (small rear-hinged rear doors) and SuperCrew (conventional rear doors) configurations are planned. Surprisingly, a two-door regular cab variant – which would appeal particularly to work truck users – won’t be part of the line-up.

Customers will have a choice of XL, XLT or Lariat trim grades and either rear- or four-wheel drive. Optional Chrome and Sport cosmetic upgrades have been confirmed, as have the FX2 and FX4 off-road packages.

Production of the 2019 Ranger is due to begin in Michigan late this year.

Ford Ranger SuperCrew (2019 North American Spec) InteriorFord Ranger SuperCrew (2019 North American Spec) Rear Side

Ford Ranger SuperCrew (2019 North American Spec) SideFord Ranger SuperCrew (2019 North American Spec) Dashboard

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