Update January 9th, 2017: latest news, besides confirmation on new Bronco, Ford announced on its Tweeter that new Ranger will go out at the 2018/2019. the same message was confirmed at this year Car Show in Detroit.
The Ranger model from Ford is a very popular vehicle, and when they decide to reentry into the USA markets, that news was very well accepted among all people. The most recent Ranger will be probably the best Ranger so far, and just like the newest Colorado model, it will borrow so many styling cues from the existing model. However, we can certainly expect some different parts and some upgrades. According to Ford, this kind of change will ensure the 2018 Ford Ranger’s success in the U.S. dealerships. When it comes to the release date, we don’t know the exact date, but it should be half of 2018 or start of 2019. As we know, this model was sold in almost every country during last 4 years, and now, we can finally expect its revival after this truck was discounted for the U.S markets back in 2012.
2018 Ford Ranger Changes
The newly Ranger model will definitely carry its own distinctive design, and its exterior design will be most likely largely unchanged. Of course, that doesn’t mean that this model will be exactly the same as the previous model. When you first look at it, you can definitely notice that the new Ranger has more style than before. The Company will most likely bring all three cab configuration for the States, including regular, extended, as well as a crew cab.
Now, let’s start with some details from the outside, and the easiest way is to start with the front side. The front side of this model will feature very large front grille made from chrome. The grille will be pretty much the same as before, and in the middle of the horizontal slat, we can see Ford emblem, while above we can notice Ranger lettering. The grille will be some kind of connection with the headlights and in terms of shape, the headlights will remain the same. In terms of technology, we can expect updated LED system for all the lighting on the vehicle. At the sides, 2018 Ford Ranger will most likely ride on large wheels made from an aluminum. Its size will be probably 19 inches. The rear side of the mid-sized Ranger will remain pretty much the same as in the existing model.
Ford Ranger 2018 Interior
Just like the exterior design, the 2018 Ranger interior will be attractive as well. Also, in the cabin, we can expect more changes than from the outside. The dashboard will be very clean and in the middle, there is going to be large touchscreen display(probably 8-inches like in F150) fitted with updated infotainment system. So, that means that we can anticipate the newest generation of SYNC system. That will bring navigation, HD, and satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls, a 360-degree camera that we used to see in the F-150 model, hands-free phone operation. The center stack will be changed, with the addition of modern design of cup holder. The lower trims of this model will have cloth or even vinyl upholstery, while the higher trims will have leather as standard, with some wood or metal accents.
Engine and Performance
As we know, the global Ranger has four engine options (three are diesel), while the model for the U.S markets will have one engine option more. However, let’s start with the first engine. We can expect to see a 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder turbodiesel engine. This new Ford Ranger 2018 engine will have a max power output of 185 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
The next engine will be 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. As we know, in the F-150 this engine has a capability of generating up to 325 horsepower and 375 lb.ft of torque, and the same figures we can expect in the Ranger model.
If Ford includes a gasoline V4 engine, that would be very smart from them. This engine is incredibly efficient, and the good options are 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 that we used to see in the Explorer model. In the explorer, that engine has a capacity of generating up to 280 horsepower and a 310 lb.ft of torque. It is possible to be added and Ford latest powertrain, the 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6.
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When it comes to the transmission systems, the future Ranger model will have the six-speed manual and automatic options, but our best guess is 10-speed automatic transmission which Ford already use at F150 series. Just like in the Colorado model, that manual system will be intended for the smallest engine. When it comes to driving types, the customers will be able to choose between RWD and 4WD.
Price and Release date
As we wrote in the introduction, the release date of new 2018 Ford Ranger is not officially announced. However, our assumption, but also assumption of most of the people is that we can expect the arrival of this model in the second half of 2018 or year later. When it comes to prices, the new Ranger model will have a starting price of around $21.000. Some of its main competitors will be Tacoma model from Toyota as well as well-known Colorado model from Chevy.
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