Back in 2011, Ford stopped production of the mid-size ranger pickup truck, at least in the U.S. Ever since then, Ranger fans have been waiting for Ford to announce a comeback for the model.
For a while, it looked as though Ford were going to put the Ranger back in to production at their Mexico plant, but thanks to an agreement with the United Auto Workers trade union, they changed that to the Michigan plant.
We’re sure that the new Ranger will be quite different from the last model, perhaps even more so from the version selling outside of the U.S. – updated interior, exterior and quite possibly the introduction of new engines in to the range.
2018 Ford Ranger release date
Sources say that once everything is in place, the new 2018 Ranger should be rolling off the production line toward the second half of 2017.
Release date: late 2017
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2018 Ford Ranger redesign
The overall look of the new Ranger will remain faithful to the previous generations and the models sold outside of the U.S.; the body will copy the Australian market 2016 Ranger, however, U.S. specs modifications will add a few distinctive features.
First off, the grille will be in the same style as the new F-150 Raptor, and will have FORD stamped into a chromed strip on top of the grille and the headlights will be redesigned and now come as LED. We also believe that the rear will get some attention, in particular, the rear lights.
The interior is also likely to stay the same as the last generation, but with minor styling tweaks such as different trim materials, redesigned steering wheel and gear lever. We think the center console will remain as is, including the 7” touchscreen for the MyFord system.
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2018 Ford Ranger price
Nothing official has been released regarding the pricing structure, but it will still have to compete in a strong market, going head-to-head with the likes of the Tacoma, Colorado and the recently debuted Ridgeline. Expect to see prices starting at $22,000 and heading on up to near $40,000 for a fully loaded version.
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2018 Ford Ranger specs
It’s thought that both the suspension and steering will be reengineered to give a better ride, and there’s talk of Ford using the 3.2 liter turbo diesel power unit; highly efficient and very torquey (347 lbs/ft) despite only making 200 BHP. We think the motor will be coupled to either a 6 or 8-speed auto transmission.
However, diesel engines are not as popular in USA as in Europe.
We think it is more likely that the new 2018 Ranger will be fitted with a gasoline engine from the EcoBoost family, something like the 2.0 liter I4 (245 BHP) or even the 2.7 liter V6 (325 BHP). The V6 is more likely destined for the Raptor.
Again, there is no solid information coming from Ford regarding the Ranger, but the information we’ve put together has come from reliable sources, that are usually on the money.
The new Ranger will almost certainly be available as front wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive will be available as an option. The gearbox is more than likely to be a 6-speed auto, but there is talk of next generation transmissions being used further down the line.
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