The Ford Ranger was a mid-size pickup that was discontinued in the U.S. market back in 2011. While it has been confirmed that the Ford Ranger will be making a comeback, there is also unconfirmed sources that there will be a Ford Ranger Raptor along one of the models.
Bill Johnson, the Chairman for the UAW-Ford National Programs Center, has confirmed that its plant will be taking on the assembly and production of the revived Ford Ranger as well as the returning Ford Bronco. The plant is currently the assembly center for the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max, though production will be moving to Mexico.
The Ford Ranger is still in production and sold in countries outside the U.S., including the U.K. and Australia. According to Johnson, the production for the Ford Ranger will begin in 2018, with the Ford Bronco following suit in 2020.
The Ford F-150 Raptor is a high-performance model, and a Ford Ranger Raptor will be something similar. There are already speculations about what the midsize pickup will look like and how it will perform. While the standard Ford Ranger will likely consist of high-strength aluminum alloy, the Ford Ranger Raptor will require a lighter skin in order to perform at optimal speeds. It will likely have a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
It will also likely have the same six-mode Terrain Management System borrowed from the Ford F-150 Raptor. This will be accompanied by a four-wheel-drive system and Fox Racing Shox. All of these are likely to be standard equipment as they are with the Ford F-150 Raptor.
You can wait until 2018 for the Ford Ranger or check out the 2016 Ford F-150 if you want a full-size pickup. Visit Folsom Lake Ford to look up our full range of Ford cars for sale near Sacramento, CA. We hope to see you soon!