Good news for Ranger fans today. We heard leaked info that mentions the Dearborn-based automaker has plans to introduce the 2018 Ford Ranger with a more compact design and lightweight body. The new Ranger is expected to be launched in North America no later than 2018. As we know, the Ranger pickup is no longer produced since 5 years ago and now some of its competitors from General Motors and Toyota have dominated the pickup truck market.
The U.S.-spec Ford Ranger has been produced for the first time in January 1982. This pickup truck seems quite successful in the market, not only in North America but also sold in 200 global markets since a few years ago. Evidently, the Ranger has been exported to many countries, including Argentina, Australia, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand and South Africa. For example in Japan, the Ford Ranger was sold with a nameplate Mazda B-Series (1998-2006) thanks to the cooperation between Ford with Mazda. Also in Australia, this compact pickup truck has been sold as the Mazda BT-50. Unfortunately, the Dearborn automaker decided to stop production of the Ranger in December 2011.
2018 Ford Ranger Raptor Specs
Speaking of specs, the all-new 2018 Ranger will reportedly come with several choices of engine specs when it’s released on the market. The 3.2-liter Power Stroke I5 Turbo Diesel engine will most likely be the first option. This five-cylinder diesel engine currently used by the 2016 Ford Transit with peak power up to 185 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 350 lb-ft of peak torque available at 1,500 to 2,750 rpm. A more powerful engine option should be offered to buyers, including a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine capable of delivering 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 is one of the most efficient gasoline engines, which today offered by the Ford F-150. This engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, while its power output reached 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. Rumors say that the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine will also be available for the next-gen 2018 Ford Ranger with an all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations. Transmission option should include a 6-speed automatic and 8-speed automatic gearbox. But it would be more interesting if there is an option 10-speed automatic transmission, which is currently offered on the 2017 Ford SVT Raptor F150.
Fortunately, we can rejoice because the 2018 Ford Ranger will also be launched in a Raptor special edition models. Suitable for you who expect a lot more high-performance aspects of a pickup truck. The new Ranger Raptor may be offered with a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine and will compete against the Toyota Tacoma TRD. While the exterior and interior design will have a big change, as well as will be equipped with more advanced features compared to its predecessor. In addition, Ford could certainly take advantage of high-strength steel frame and lightweight aluminum-alloy body for this pickup truck.
Release Date and Price for 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor
Of course, today there’s no official information from Ford regarding the release date and price tag. However, the 2018 Ford Ranger will reportedly go into the production line at the Michigan Assembly Plant in the next two years, exactly after Ford has officially ended production of the C-Max and Focus in 2018. The all-new Ranger is targeted to compete with some of its rivals in the mid-size pickup truck segment, including the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. We’re guessing this new compact pickup truck will be released in the United States in late 2018.
So we can expect a starting price for the 2018 Ford Ranger will be around $20,000 for the base model and roughly $30,000 for the Ranger Raptor models. Considering the Chevy Colorado is currently sold at a starting MSRP of $20,100. While the 2016 GMC Canyon has a base MSRP of $20,955 and then the 2016 Toyota Tacoma priced at $23,300 for the SR 4×2 Access Cab and $29,665 for the TRD Sport V6 4×2 models. In addition, the Ranger will be placed under the Ford F-150 are on sale now in dealerships from $26,430-$62,195.