Is this the New 2019 Ford Ranger that Will Debut in Detroit?
We speculate on the 2019 Ranger details and mock up what we expect to see at the NAIAS later this month.
The 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is rapidly approaching, and it looks like there’s going to be a truck theme. We already know that the new 2019 Silverado is debuting from Chevrolet, and the rumor is the new Ram 1500 will also appear there. But what about Ford? We think it’s Ranger time, and NAIAS seems like the place to introduce it.
At last year’s NAIAS, Ford told us all that they’re going to be making the Ranger for the U.S. in 2019 and the Bronco in 2020. For reference, the Silverado debuting at NAIAS is a 2019 model year vehicle.
Ford clearly has something that is worth a special reveal, so we’re expecting it to be something more than a new F-150 variant.
This year, Ford will be making an announcement at their display inside Cobo Center on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14. The event is exclusively for the press and marks the official start of the auto show. The Blue Oval clearly thinks it has something that is worth a special reveal, so we’re expecting it to be something more than a new F-150 variant.
So, what do we know and what do we expect?
We believe the Ranger will share many things with the current global Ranger. Now, we expect some tuning specific for the North American market, but it should be obvious when you look at it that it’s a Ranger and that it’ll do Ranger things. Ford Truck Enthusiasts‘ digital artist, Pratyush Rout, rendered what we imagine the 2019 Ford Ranger will look like when it arrives on American soil.
We also know that the Ford Ranger will be built in the United States. It has to be. The “Chicken Tax” makes building the truck outside of the United States prohibitively expensive.
We’re pretty sure there’ll be a Ranger Raptor variant since Ford already announced that they’ll be doing a Raptor-fied version of the global Ranger. It’d be silly to not offer a similar truck here in America. Plus, there is competition in the off-road mid-size truck space with both the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. We can’t see Ford not getting in on that fight.
Beyond that, it’s all mostly speculation. We are expecting EcoBoost engines in the new Ranger, including a 4-cylinder turbo, although we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw their new 3.3L V6, which debuted in the 2018 F-150, make an appearance as an engine in the Ranger.
All we know for certain, however, is that we want to see the new Ranger so that then Ford can show us the new Bronco.