Ford’s mid-size Ranger pickup truck is returning to American dealerships for the 2019 model year — the first time a new Ranger has been sold in North America since 2011. Ford first officially announced the return of the Ranger — along with the Bronco SUV — at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
We’ve seen spy photos of various versions of the Ranger over the past year, but this is our first chance to see it without any sort of camouflage hiding the details of the design. While it only looks slightly different from the global Ranger that’s been on sale outside North America for years and is the best-selling pickup in Europe, there are some differences.
Most of the exterior tweaks are minor: The grilles, head- and taillights, and hood all differ from the global version. The most notable change is to the front and rear bumpers; the North American Ranger gets steel bumpers — a class-exclusive feature even in North America.
The Ranger will be available in SuperCrew (crew cab) and SuperCab (extended cab) variants. Each version has the same wheelbase, meaning SuperCab Rangers will have a longer bed. Three trim levels — XL, XLT and Lariat — will be offered when the Ranger goes on sale in early 2019, each available with Ford’s FX4 Off-Road Package. A Ranger Raptor hasn’t been confirmed for North America yet, but spy photos have us crossing our fingers.
Until the Ford Ranger makes its way to dealerships nation wide, stop by Jim Trenary Ford today to view any of our vehicles in our inventory.