Ford made it official at the Detroit Auto Show last week: the Ranger midsize pickup is returning to the lineup for 2019 after an eight-year absence.
MySanAntonio.com reported that the last Ranger for the U.S. market was produced in St. Paul, Minn., in December 2011, and production of a new Ranger for other world markets commenced in Argentina. Ford had been hinting for some time that a new U.S. version off that same platform could be possible.
Production of the new U.S. version of the Ranger will begin late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Dearborn, Mich., thanks to a boom in midsize truck sales – which has not included a Ford entry.
Ford said in Detroit that U.S. sales of midsize pickups are up 83% since 2014, with Chevrolet, GMC, Toyota, Honda and Nissan the only players in the segment for now.
Now comes the 2019 Ford Ranger, with an all-new exterior design, chassis and powertrain developed specifically for North American truck customers, and, like other newer Ford truck products, making heavy use of aluminum in the body to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.
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