Again in March, as Matthew Man waxed poetic over a base, Thailand-spec Ford Ranger, this writer felt the inform-story indicators of want flooding his physique. “Take a look at all that basic utility!” my salivary glands cried. Yours did too, little question.
Properly, surrender all hope of seeing a cute infant-row Ranger midsize pickup in your close to future, until you’re jetting off to start out a brand new life in Southeast Asia. It ain’t coming. However at the least we now know what’s.
Based on a 2019 mannequin yr VIN doc submitted to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration by Ford Motor Firm (and found by the intrepid Bozi Tatarevic), the U.S.-market 2019 Ranger will supply 4 doorways of various sizes on all fashions. A regular cab was all the time a longshot hope.
This doesn’t imply, nevertheless, that you’ll want to comply with all of life’s guidelines and hold the pickup mattress
The doc exhibits 4 configurations, with an asterisk. Prolonged cab (SuperCab) fashions can be obtainable in rear- or 4-wheel drive, as will SuperCrew variants with full-sized rear doorways. Simply as Ford said in Detroit in January, there’s just one engine initially on supply — a turbocharged 2.three-liter 4-cylinder, mated to a ten-velocity automated.
No energy figures are listed within the doc.
For small enterprise varieties and fleet managers, consumers of the 4X2 SuperCab mannequin can choose a pickup field delete choice, paving the best way for a bit of flatbed or utility warehouse on the again of the Blue Oval’s smallest truck providing. Towing in all probability gained’t be on the highest of this work truck’s to-do listing.
As for the hotly rumored Raptor variant — a mannequin already greenlit for Southeast Asia — there’s nary a touch of its existence on this doc, however there’s in the actual, non-digital world. A Raptor prototype with what seemed like a gasoline engine underneath the hood appeared on the roads of Michigan just lately. Abroad Raptors include solely a diesel engine. No one anticipated a aspect-by-aspect launch of the traditional mannequin and its brawnier, wider sibling within the U.S., so hold your fingers crossed within the coming months for an announcement.
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– Alas, No Beautiful Regular Cab Ford Rangers For Us –
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