Testing of the next-generation Ford Ranger has been underway over the past 12 months and the new model is due for release in 2019. The Ford Ranger 2019 has been developed in Australia but a slightly modified version will also go on sale in the US.
The current generation, the T6, hit European dealerships in 2012, but it is already one of the oldest models on the market. In 2016, the Ranger received a major update in the form of a new facelift, new technology and the addition of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with AdBlue to meet Euro-6.
Currently, the Ford Ranger is offered with either a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder or 3.2-litre, five-cylinder diesel engine. Given that these are two veteran engines, it’s unlikely that they will feature in the new Ranger.
It’s believed instead that the new model will inherit the new 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, which also features in the new Transit and Transit Custom. Given that the 3.2-litre makes up almost two-thirds of European sales, it’s unlikely Ford will leave the 2.0-litre as the sole engine option and executives at Ford have hinted that the new 3.0-litre V6 EcoBoost diesel may make an appearance, which could challenge the Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Volkswagen Amarok as the most powerful pickup (see Top 5 Most Powerful Pickups UK).
As with all the latest generation pickup trucks, there will be a wide range of safety and infotainment system introductions. These include:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Autonomous braking
- 360-degree parking camera
- All-round parking sensors
- Keyless entry and start
Ford Ranger 2019 production
Ford invested R3 billion (£180m) in the Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria and the Struandale engine factory in Port Elizabeth in November 2017, where the current European Ranger and its engines are manufactured, so we can say with confidence that Ford will not be shifting production from South Africa for some time. The good news is that the capacity will be increasing from 100,000 to 124,000 units per year, which should alleviate the availability issues.
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