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Rumor: Ford Will Bring Back Ranger for 2019 Model Year, Maybe With a Diesel Engine

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The new and improved Ford Ranger

With the midsize pickup segment once again flourishing, customers in the United States have been clamoring for the return of the Ford Ranger. Where the company line for the past few years has been that the F-150 is the automaker’s focal point for passenger truck sales, even as trucks like the Canyon and Colorado have racked up big sales for Ford’s competitors, it is appearing more and more like the Ranger is going to ride again.

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Car and Driver today listed the 2019 Ford Ranger among its “25 Cars Worth Waiting For,” ostensibly recapping what many have surmised: the recent UAW agreement reached late last year, which netted $4.8 billion for Ford’s Michigan production facilities, would likely bear the fruit of both the Bronco and the Ranger.

Car and Driver also surmises that the Ranger will hit the market for the 2019 model year and will start somewhere south of $25,000. It also portends a diesel engine and the lack of a “Splash edition.” For the former, it is assumed that the engine in question would be the 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel that is also available in the Transit, but given the introduction of the Ford EcoBlue diesel engine late last month, this could change.

It is also possible, given Ford’s uncanny ability to upsell its trucks to ridiculous degrees, that the lack of a “splash” edition would only last until the automaker is certain that the interest is there. Given the popularity of the Colorado and Canyon, as well as the revamped Tacoma, it is pretty likely that said interest will be there.

Car and Driver also assumes a 2020 launch date for the Bronco and a starting price around $30,000. As with every other automotive rumor you hear, take everything here with just a pinch of salt.

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  • Derrick BrownContributor

    Derrick Brown is the Chrysler Business Manager at Brown Motors Ford Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. He is the 4th generation to work at Brown Motors which started selling transportation in 1898. In his spare time, Derrick likes to go boating in the summer and hang out with his dog.

  • Brian

    Like to see what the short-cab version looks like. The Xtnd-Cab/four-door version looks too much like a pseudo-SUV with a mostly useless bed.