The all-new, mid-sized, turbocharged, well-equipped and with the global roots Ford Ranger is again in the US. After the discontinuation in 2011, the better times have arrived for the mid-size trucks and since the 2014 model year, we witnessed the dramatic increase in sales. With the redesigned Ranger, Ford has now rival for the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, GMC Sierra and Honda Ridgeline. In the first model year after the return, the Ford Ranger debuted with the single engine option and two cab styles. The number of trims isn’t also high but more options should appear with the arrival of the 2020 Ford Ranger.
The big news for the 2020 model year and Ford Ranger should be the arrival of the off-road-ready Raptor version which already debuted globally. Now after the left-handed Raptor version was seen on the road, the buyers in the US should prepare for the adventure. However, the Ranger will likely add more options including the new trim version and possibly the engine option. There will be new color and wheel options and new packages as well.
2020 Ford Ranger: Design
A significantly smaller than the best-selling F-150, the Ranger pickup is based on the global version in its new chance in the US. Unlike the full-size model, the Ranger has the steel-based body and sits on the fully boxed frame.
The styling of the model is also familiar from the global version. The upright stance comes with the six-sided grille and slender LED accentuated headlights. The swollen fenders and high beltline also define its look.
The Ranger debuted with the extended and crew-cab styles but the new model year could also bring the regular cab which the global version already offers. The new body color and wheel options will also appear for the new model year.
The off-road Raptor version will also share the styling theme with the global version. The dark, Raptor signature grille and more macular body with the higher ride height and off-road bumpers will also boost the presence of this version.
The cabin of the next Ranger will appear in the familiar form but we expect new material and texture options. The Ranger version will also get the unique interior treatment. The Ford Performance seats, special steering wheel with shift paddles combined with appropriate logos and materials will make the difference.
The truck has a well-placed center screen and more controls below. The infotainment platform includes a Sync 3 system with 8-inch display and smartphone features. The instrument cluster will also be available with the digital execution. The buyers will also enjoy the Bang & Olufsen audio system, wi-fi connection, premium materials, a number of luxury features.
The truck will also be one of the best equipped regarding the modern safety systems. The Ranger will rely on the forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear park assist.
2020 Ford Ranger: Powertrains
The new version of the US Ranger returned to the game with the single engine option. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with the stop/start technology makes 280 hp and power goes by default to the rear wheels via the 10-speed auto transmission. The four-wheel drive is also available but the Terrain Management system will also boost the traction according to the conditions.
The locking rear differential and electric locking differential will also be in the equipment list. The FX off-road package will also add an upgraded suspension, skid plates, special tire-and-wheel setup and more for the better off-road capability.
There is also a chance that new Ranger add additional engine option and it could be the diesel mill. The global version has two options a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engines. The global Raptor model gets 211 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque from the 2.0L bi-turbo diesel. It would be nice to get the four-cylinder turbo diesel in the US but no signs yet.
The US Raptor version would likely employ more powerful EcoBoost engine in 2.3- or 2.7-liter displacement. The power could go around 310 or 335 hp depending on the version. There will also be a performance and lifted suspension, all-terrain tires, improved structure, skid-plates, special Terrain management system and more for the high-performance Raptor version.
2020 Ford Ranger: Arrival, Price
The 2020 Ford Ranger will go on sale later in 2019. The Ranger Raptor could debut late this year or early next. The price will again have starting point around $24, 000. The Raptor version could reach $40, 000 based on some sources.