The Blue Oval Company has plans to revive the Ford Ranger with a more compact design. The next-generation Ranger will reportedly rely on a lightweight platform. As a pickup truck, the Ranger was first introduced in January 1982 and its sales were quite successful in the global market at that time. It’s evident that this pickup truck has been sold in 200 global markets since several years ago, so it’s not just sold in the US market. Ford decided to export Ranger to various countries such as Japan, Thailand, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. It was also thanks to Ford’s cooperation with other car manufacturers such as Mazda for example, which eventually gave birth to the Mazda B-Series marketed in the period 1998-2006.
The Mazda B-Series is basically another name for the Ford Ranger in the Japanese domestic market. Just like the Mazda BT-50 (2006-2011) previously sold in the Australian market, the BT-50 pickup truck also uses the same platform as the compact Ranger. However, Ford decided to discontinue the Ranger in December 2011 which eventually led to its competitors like Toyota and General Motors to dominate the pickup truck market. The Ranger pickup has been sold at North American dealerships in the 1982-2011 timeframe and it only produced up to the second-generation model. Well, now the next-gen Ford Ranger is expected to come in the American market around 2018.
2018 Ford Ranger Raptor Specs
The 2018 Ford Ranger is likely to be offered with multiple engine specs options when it reaches the US dealer floor. The first option is a 3.2-liter PowerStroke I5 turbo-diesel engine with peak output of 185 hp @ 3,000 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-2,750 rpm. The 3.2-liter PowerStroke is basically the same engine that can be found on the current Ford Transit. In addition, the all-new Ranger will also be powered by the most efficient Ford gasoline engine “The EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6 engine” borrowed from the Ford F150 pickup truck. The EcoBoost 2.7L V6 engine will be available both with an all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive system with peak output reaching 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque.
While the choice of transmission is expected to include six-speed automatic, eight-speed automatic, and 10-speed automatic transmission which reportedly will be borrowed from the current Ford SVT Raptor F150. The Detroit automaker will also offer Ranger in its high-performance Raptor edition. The 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor is expected to come with a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine that can deliver 365 hp @ 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm. Targeted to compete with the Toyota Tacoma TRD, the high-performance Ranger Raptor will rely on high-strength steel chassis and lightweight aluminum-alloy bodies. The third-generation Ford Ranger will also get a lot of changes for its interior and exterior, complete with more sophisticated features than the previous generation models.
2018 Ford Ranger Raptor Price & Release Date
There’s no official word regarding release date and price, but the 2018 Ford Ranger is expected to reach US dealers by the end of next year. This compact pickup truck will be produced next year at Ford’s Michigan assembly plant after Ford halting production of Focus and C-MAX hatchbacks. As for pricing details, the 2018 Ford Ranger is expected to go on sale at US dealers with a base MSRP starting at around $24,000 and approximately $40,000 for the high-performance 2018 Ranger Raptor. This new model will fight against some of its competitors in the mid-size pickup truck market like the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma. However, the new Ranger will be positioned under the Ford F-150 in the pickup truck segment, which is on sale now with a base MSRP of $27,110.
Let’s look at the price of its competitors like the 2017 Chevy Colorado which goes on sale with a starting MSRP of $20,995 for the base model. The current GMC Canyon has also a similar price to the Chevrolet Colorado, which starts at $20,885. Meanwhile, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma reaches the US dealer floor with an initial price of $24,320 for the SR 4×2 Access Cab model with a six-speed automatic transmission. The most expensive is the high-performance Tacoma TRD Pro 4×4 Double Cab V6 which is priced at $42,960 and is also equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
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