The Iconic Ford Ranger… Is Making A Comeback!
First of all we’ve to say it… it’s back baby!
After what seems like an eternity in the automobile world (8 years to be precise), the Ford Ranger is making a major comeback.
Discontinued after 2011 in the U.S., the Ford Ranger is charging its way back to the U.S. domestic market with a new, *cough cough* SINGLE engine (more below) variant, next year.
Of course, with renewed safety and entertainment features, as well as parts that Ford has improved, this won’t be just a “Ford truck” anymore.
And speaking of Ford trucks, the ranger was the leader in the compact pick-up truck segment at one point, but since its withdrawal from the market circa 2011, the segment has exploded with competitors bringing in bigger trucks with better features.
It is time that the leader makes a comeback once more, and yet… there’s a buzzkill.
If any of the insider info is to be trusted, the new Ford Ranger would be having just… wait for it… just a single engine option!
Yeah, you read it right, just a single engine option in the “new” Ford Ranger 2019!
Now, this wouldn’t be a major problem if this was the first time the Ford Ranger was launched, but the company has spoilt us with choice in the past.
The Legacy Ford Ranger Engines
The outgoing models had three engine options back then.
The basic one was a fuel-efficient 2.3L, four-cylinder DOHC engine with a decent 143HP and 154 pound-feet of torque.
The mid-priced one was apushrod 3.0L V-6 with a good enough 148HP and 180 pound-feet of torque.
And the top model was a 4L, V-6 SOHC (this one would eventually be shared with the Explorer and Mustang) that made a decent 207HP and 238 pound-feet of torque in the Ranger.
All these Ford engines were available with either a five-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. One of the highly desired feature in the segment, the four-wheel drive was available in the mid and top engine variants, but not with the base four-cylinder engine.
Now, although these ‘legacy’ Ford Ranger engines did sound decent on paper, most of its competitors, even back then, offered much more horse power from their V6 engines, with some even offering optional V8 power. Check out a neat table here.
In such a scenario it feels like Ford is doing something wrong with just a single engine option in the new Ranger. Which brings us to…
How Would The New Ford Ranger Engine Stand Up To The Competition?
It… well, depends.
Even though Ford is bringing the Ranger back with just a single 2.3 L, turbo charged 4 Cylinder option, remember that it already offers the same engine in various power levels right now. Plus, the engine already won couple of awards at various magazines.
Though all this is just conjecture, let’s consider the fact that the current 2.3L engines does pack a decent 280HP and 310 pound-feet. So maybe (and our fingers are crossed) the engineering team could tweak it around and deliver better power and torque for the Ranger 2019. We are talking north of 350HP, and that sure makes it much more interesting!
UPDATE: With this single engine option, the Ford Ranger 2019 will be launched exclusively with a 10-speed automatic engine, but that’s just so they can launch a power-train variant after a few months.
“Hey Ford, Here’re Two Engine Options We’d Like To See…”
Now, Ford is not known for making many changes once a model is launched, that’s why here are some engines we’d love to see on the new Ranger.
The 3.2-Liter Power Stroke Diesel Engine
Ford currently offers the Power Stroke 3.2-liter engine with a six-speed automatic in the Ford Transit in the States. This same engine is called as the “Duratorq” in many other countries (and was also used in the Ford Mondeo series way back in 2000).
It’s a decent engine with a turbocharged diesel engine that produces 185HP and 350 lb-ft of torque.
The reason we want Ford to offer this option in the 2019 Ranger is that it’s actually already fitted in many global Rangers as the top of the line choice. Since the 2019 Ford Ranger is going to be almost identical to the global Ranger, it would make a great choice to have this option in the U.S. version. Are you listening Ford!?
Then There’s The Ford’s Power Stroke 3.0L
Ford recently brought in a “light” version diesel engine in the F-150. It’s a 3.0L turbo diesel V6 that makes a decent 250HP. There’s no real reason preventing Ford from de-tuning it for smaller truck work.
Here’s a neat video review of the engine…
Yes, it’s definitely not meant for bigger trucks but that’s why it can be a really great engine option for the Ford Ranger 2019 version.
The Ford Ranger comes back to life next year in the U.S. markets, and we can only hope it stands up to the competition.
The single engine option does sound like a huge risk, but then the once favorite Ford truck has been missed by its fans since 2011. So everything ultimately depends on the final engine versions (if any), the tech and refinements that Ford brings to the table.
So the question that needs to be answered is – what can Ford do that no one else is doing in this segment?
We’ll find it out soon…