400+ BHP Truck? The 2017 Ford Ranchero May Just Have a Beast Underneath

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Ford brought us the Ranchero all the way back in the 50’s – 1957 to be precise. It was such a successful concept that in 1959, Chevrolet copied suit and launched the legendary El Camino.

The Ranchero lasted for 22 years in total, which was no mean feat back then, and even now, people still talk of the Ranchero with tones of reverence – it was a popular model and almost paved the way for a new line of ‘lifestyle’ vehicles. The key to the Ranchero (back then) was that it was built on an adapted two-door station wagon platform, giving a completely new look and bringing about a whole new market segment.

Although there is plenty of speculation, rumor and renderings on the internet, Ford have remained very quiet regarding the Ranchero, even searching the official Ford website for a tiny sliver of information reveals nothing. So we’d have to ask if it’s really happening?

When a manufacturer launches a new (or even updated) model, they tend to launch it before the official model year, so in the case of the 2017 Ranchero, we would normally expect to see an official launch sometime in 2016, even if production doesn’t start happening until 2017. But as it stands right now, there is nothing – no spyshots, no concepts, no pre-production vehicles and certainly no glitzy debuts at one of the large auto shows.

In all honesty, we aren’t expecting to see a 2017 Ranchero in 2017, but that isn’t to say that it isn’t happening at all; we are sure that it is, but just a little later than people think – our guess would be that Ford will release the Ranchero in 2018.

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 its concept it almost double the GM’s 2017 Chevy El Camino.

Will The 2017 Ford Ranchero Get Diesel Power?

Contents

1. Will 2017 Ranchero Get Diesel
2. LEDs & Aero
3. Technology
4. When Will We See It?

The big question (aside from what it will look like, how much it will cost, when will it arrive and what equipment will be fitted?) is what will be under the hood…

Plenty of speculation surrounds this, we have seen at least 5 ‘definite’ engines being fitted, these range from a 2.0 liter turbo, 3.5 liter EcoBoost, 4.0 liter V6, 4.0 liter V6 with turbo charging and last but not least, a 6.7 liter V8 turbo diesel with 450 BHP.

Hmmm. In all honesty, we could see a small engine being in the base model, so a 2.0 liter turbo would fit that brief – something with around 200 BHP would be about right and give the Ranchero the blend of pace and gas-mileage. 3.5 liter EcoBoost? Again, that’s quite possible, and quite sensible, so that wouldn’t be a surprise to us. A 4.0 liter V6 with or without forced induction? Don’t think so – the math doesn’t add up – not much more power than a 3.5 liter, worse gas-mileage, development costs … we’d guess not. And the 6.7 liter turbo diesel? Nope.

We must remember that the Ranchero is more of a lifestyle vehicle rather than heavy-load lugger, it doesn’t need the capacity to tow the world behind it like some of the proper full-size trucks, and while it would be great to have a hot version, surely Ford would fit a gas motor rather than diesel if that was the criteria?

We’d expect Ford to fit an 8-speed automatic transmission and this will drive the rear wheels as standard, but our money would be on an all-wheel drive version as an option.

LED’s & Aero?

Answering that second big question … yes, it’s going to look quite aggressive, bit that is as much to do with the fact that it isn’t truck tall – it’s normal car height, but the styling will make it look wide and low, it’s visually deceptive.

We think that the front will have a sharp styled grille, LED headlamps and a pair of wide intakes (even if only one of them is actually functional). Daytime Running Lights will sit lower down than the headlamps, these will be in the form of LED strips, allowing Ford to shape them to suit the lines of the front-end.

We’d also expect there to be little aerodynamic tweaks incorporated into the styling and bodywork, and while the Ranchero won’t need to be glued to the road, it all goes to give the overall impression of something a little different, something with a little sporty nature underneath it all.

And that will be one of Ford’s toughest challenges – making the Ranchero ride properly, without making it too stiff at the rear, or too capable of losing traction at the slightest whiff of gas, which is a big failing of many trucks – simply because the weight isn’t over the rear axle.

Technology

The interior is going to be slightly more upmarket than you’d think – it certainly isn’t going to be utilitarian, leather will be an option and come as standard further up the price-range, but even the base model will be upholstered nicely and trimmed well.

The Ranchero will have all the regular technology fitted, we don’t know what will be standard or optional but expect to see pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning with automatic braking, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist and lane guidance, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear-view camera, parking assist, touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

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When Will We See the 2017 Ford Ranchero?

We think that Ford will offer either a special launch edition or come up with some launch packages to try and tempt people in to buying a new Ranchero – it’s a new model and Ford will want to launch with a fanfare.

Pricing is still very much guess-work, most sites and industry insiders are saying that prices could start in the region of $25,000 which we think would be about right, certainly enough value there to tempt people into buying it.

The fully-loaded flagship is likely to be in the region of $40,000, perhaps a little less, but a lot of that really does depend on what Ford will be offering as the top-spec engine – a large V8 could dramatically affect the price, even more so if they develop something specifically for the Ranchero.

We don’t think that the Ranchero will arrive this year – there has been absolutely no sign of it, so our money would be on a concept arriving later this year (at the very earliest) with a pre-production model arriving sometime in 2018. We certainly hope so at least.

Have you heard anything more about the 2017 Ford Ranchero? What do you think to Ford launching the new model? Having seen some of the pictures out there, we can’t wait for Ford to release it. Let us know what you think.

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Comments
  • 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.

  • Mike Schmitt

    I am going to wait for this to come out and this will be my next car. I have 143,000 on my Prius but this looks so good!

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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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