August 2018: Ford has finally released basic pricing information for the long-awaited 2019 Ranger. The sticker starts at $24,300 for a two-wheel drive XL SuperCab model. On the higher end, the base price reaches up to $38,385 for the top-spec four-wheel drive Lariat SuperCrew.
The Ranger will be available with two cab configurations, SuperCab and SuperCrew, and with three trim levels, XL, XLT, and Lariat. Stepping up to SuperCrew for the XL costs $2200, while it's $2175 more for both the XLT and top-level Lariat. Four-wheel drive is a $4000 option for XLT and Lariat, and a $4160 option for XL.
Check out R&T's post for full pricing details about each of the models. You can also head over to Ford's website to configure a Ranger. Get fancy with the options and you can drive up the cost to more like $45,000.
January 2018: Ford has officially announced the 2019 Ford Ranger, the long-awaited return of this midsize truck.
From 1983 to 2011, the Ranger was one of the most popular pickups on the road. It disappeared as the car companies moved more and more toward oversized trucks, leaving a big fan base pining for the return of the Ranger ever since. The success of the Chevy Colorado has been a barometer for the mid-size truck market, and sales are up 83 percent since 2014. Now Ford is banking on the new Ranger as a Chevy rival and a solid alternative to its best-selling full-size F-150.
Ford has packed all of the tech and ruggedness of the F-150 into the smaller Ranger, which will boast better fuel economy and maneuverability compared to its larger sibling. A high-strength steel frame supports a mostly steel body, with the hood, front fenders, and tailgate being the only areas where aluminum is used (for now).
Ford's proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission provide a solid power plant and drivetrain. The F-150 will introduce a diesel option in 2019, but that will not be available on the Ranger.
The Ranger will be available in a slew of trims and packages to fit the budgets and needs of a variety of buyers. These options include the entry-level XL, mid-level XLT, and high-level Lariat series with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. Although the FX4 Ranger will be a capable off-road vehicle, Ford has yet to announce a Raptor version of the Ranger-which, if launched, should compete nicely with the ZR2 Chevy Colorado.
Production on the Ranger will begin later this year at Ford's Michigan assembly plant, the same location where the 2020 Ford Bronco will be built. Both new trucks should bolster Ford's already impressive truck lineup, and we look forward to seeing how each performs long-term.
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