Ford Ranger Touches Down at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show

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2019 Ford Ranger

After spending a few years travelling the world, the Ford Ranger finally returns to its native land for the 2019 model year.

Ford Truck Enthusiasts is bringing you the best new Ford trucks and SUVs from the floor of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, along with all of the cool and awesome finds we come across.

It’s been a long time coming, but after several years of collecting passport stamps and sending postcards from around the world, the Ford Ranger finally comes back home to the United States with its debut at the L.A. Auto Show.

There were plenty of Rangers hanging out at the Ford booth, including this XLT SuperCrew Sport 4×4 model in a shade Ford calls Blue Lightning. Under the hood is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost V6 found in the Mustang EcoBoost models, and it’s backed by a 10-speed automatic.

Here’s another Ranger on display, this one ready to hang on your wall with the rest of your Ford memorabilia. It’s certainly the easiest way to check out the roof and bed without a drone flying overhead.

Of course, this FX4 model mounted on a lift is a great way to look at the 10-speed automatic, as well as the full-size spare, steel box frame, leaf-spring suspension, and more of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost.

Finally, Ford Performance took one Ranger Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew, and gave it a special “Desert Runner” guise with the help of Addictive Desert Designs, Fox, and Borla among others. The Ranger prerunner wears the wheels and all-terrain tires of its big brother, the F-150 Raptor, which may be the closest we’ll get to having a Ranger Raptor here in the U.S.

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re happy to see the Ranger come home after all those years studying abroad. And for those who think the F-150 is too much truck, the Ranger will be your welcome alternative, especially against your neighbors in their Colorados and Frontiers.

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