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    The Ford Ranger will make a comeback in 2019



    Today we’re all going nuts over news that the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck is coming (back) to the U.S. market. But for the rest of the world the truck never went away, so it’s significant that Ford has stated the American version will get its own “front styling, engines and features.”

    That means the truck will not look like the 2016 model currently sold in over 100 countries around the world. It also means the next international version of the truck will not indicate the American model’s styling. At least, not completely.

    Relatedly, I think we can expect this statement to apply to the Everest SUV, which may or may not be what the 2020 Bronco ends up being based off. If the Bronco does become a U.S.-market version of the Everest, it will probably not look like the SUV that’s currently on sale internationally.

    Mike Levine, Ford’s former truck communications chief recently promoted to Product Communications Manager, has actually tweeted two significant statements about the Ranger here.


    The first is the phrase “all-new,” which in auto industry speak means “completely redesigned.” For example the F-150 was “all-new” for 2015 when it underwent dramatic interior and exterior design changes, but it is only “revised” for 2018 with its upgraded engines and an aesthetically tweaked front end.

    That makes me think all the specs we know about the current global-market Ford Ranger, aka “T6,” might not translate as viable speculation on what the U.S. market truck will be like. Though we are hearing that Ford considers “all-new” (in the context of Levine’s tweet) to simply mean “all new to the U.S.,” the truck is going to be changed before coming here.

    And of course “unique front styling, engines and features” means when the truck does come out, the American model will have its own look.

    I’m going to guess the main differentiator in engines will be a very small diesel option in the truck’s economy-spec abroad, where emissions regulations are different and low operating cost is a priority for customers. “Unique features” for the U.S. will probably be driver aids like blind-spot warnings and pre-collision braking. And extra cupholders, right?

    It makes sense that the Ranger will be dramatically revised before returning to the American market though. Its current T6 platform has been selling without major changes since 2011. Even though the truck got a handsome facelift about 18 months ago, the body style will be pretty old by the time 2019 comes around.
    http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/americ...-yo-1790982136

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    Umm... ok. How many Tacomas/Colorados will be sold between now and then.

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    2019 Ford Ranger Spied Testing in Michigan

    A 2019 Ford Ranger prototype mule was captured testing on the streets near the Ford Dearborn, Michigan, plant.

    Ford appears to be testing the North America-bound Ranger ahead of the truck’s reintroduction to the market in 2019. At a glance, it’s hard to tell if this version looks much different than the Ranger sold globally now. The North American version may wear its own unique styling, though, as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets that most mid-size pickups are developed for seem to prefer more aerodynamic, car-like styling for their pickups.

    It is expected that the Ranger will be offered with a full complement of EcoBoost four- and six-cylinder engines, and perhaps a diesel like the new 2018 Ford F-150. Ford may use the direct injected twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 as the premium choice. Ford’s new 10-speed automatic, co-developed with GM, is also expected on the reintroduction of Ford’s mid-size pickup.

    It’s also expected that two-wheel drive will be the standard option, with part-time four-wheel drive available as an option. The Ranger should be unveiled sometime in 2018.
    http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2...-michigan.html




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