2017 Ford Ranchero: the return of true sport utility


Nowadays there is a tendency among people who like to have something very special – in terms of everything, including cars. They do not need ordinary family cars, sedans, SUVs or coupes. They need something very special and moreover – niche product. Something only a few people could buy.

In a golden age of American motoring there was a plenty of cars for everyone. Car producers listen to customers, which leads to appearance of very exotic cars by today’s standards. 3-door huge SUV Bronco and muscle-car pickup Ford Ranchero is the same sort of thing.

In automotive media there are a lot of rumors and speculations. Sometimes they appeared not without reason, but sometimes it is more likely a people’s dreams – who simply do not like anything average car producer could offer.

What for Ranchero, the sport utility trucks are very popular in Australia, so its appearance in US seems not to be so exotic, though there is no confirmed information about it. We could only guess “what if” this will be.

2017 Ford Ranchero release date

As 2017 model year car, the release date of 2017 Ford Ranchero is expected in the end of 2016.

Release date: late 2016

Also read about the 2018 Toyota Tundra release date

2017 Ford Ranchero price

The pricing will largely depends on platform and powertrain used. It is more likely that Ranchero will use Taurus FWD platform. The price tag will be similar – around $ 32,000 for basic version.

2017 Ford Ranchero redesign

Unlike traditional pickup truck with body mounted on frame, Ranchero will receive unibody design. That leads to complete non-truck look in front and on sides, only with cargo bay in the rear. 2017 Ford Ranchero will more likely to have front fascia from Taurus or Fusion. Unique design is also possible – like one demonstated on artist’s renderings – hexagonal-shaped grille with rich chrome inlets, headlights of complicated design with air intakes beneath.

The interior design is more likely to almost copy the Fusion or Taurus. It is also depends on platform usage. Nevertheless, completely unique interior designed from scratch is also possible.

Look at the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee new design

2017 Ford Ranchero specs

Some sources claimed that new 2017 Ford Ranchero will have enormous 6.7 liter V8 as a powertrain, but it sounds nonsense. Firstly, there is no proper V8 of such size in engine lineup of the Ford (except commercial vehicles). Secondly, it will be just to heavy for such body, and providing awful fuel efficiency rate. Of course, there are GM’s Holden pickups with 6.2 supercharged engines from Corvette. However, it has rear wheel drive and different platform.

Ford will definitely choose its own path with a wide usage of EcoBoost engines, I4 and V6 as well. The basic engine should be 2.0L EcoBoost producing 240 hp, with front wheel drive layout, and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with AWD as a performance version. Naturally-aspirated V6 engines are also possible.

You might also interested in the future 2018 Ford Bronco price

Ford Ranchero brand history

First Ranchero debuted as a special modification of Fairline in 1957 model year and was in production until 1959. It was slightly redesigned Courier sedan with cargo box instead of trunk. Second generation produced between 1960 and 1965 as a Falcon modification.

The third and fourth generations were real sport utility muscle cars, available not only with ordinary I6 engines, but also with huge 390 cubic inch (6.4L) V8 engines.

Year after year Ranchero had undergone changes and finally in 1979 the production was ceased.

  • Jack Rohde

    If you guys make it front wheel drive it’s going to be the new Edsel flop!😬 My family has owned mostly Fords since 1940, I will switch to Chevy, you guys are getting too new age!

  • Roger Kurtz

    Ford needs a good 350/5.7 rear wheel drive, and put it on a frame. Use an explorer front end, lower it, and stretch the bed.

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It is still on the rumors level, however, if Ranchero really to be released, it will be powerful sports utility pickup.

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