The Ford Ranger is definitely coming back to the U.S. market. According to reliable sources, Ford’s global pickup truck will go on sale in North America as a 2018 model. The Ranger will likely mimic the Chevy Colorado that has also shifted from a global to a U.S.-spec truck. So, expect it to retain many of its current features, while adopting a number of substantial upgrades. For instance, Ford will likely focus on improving its safety ratings, engine options and interior features. If everything goes as planned, the 2018 Ford Ranger F100 could hit the market in late 2017 or early 2018.
Design and Features
Compared to the global version, the U.S.-spec Ranger will be mostly unchanged. There will be only minor tweaks that set it apart from the currently available model. Hopefully, Ford will offer all three cab configurations to its American buyers. The extended cab and crew cab variants will be targeting the consumer market, while the regular cab should satisfy the needs of commercial buyers. One of the features unique to the new Ranger will be tow hooks protruding from under the bumper. The front grille will differ depending on the trim level, unlike the headlights and front bumper. At the back, the 2018 Ford Ranger F100 will feature a traditional step bumper. A frame-mounted trailer hitch receiver will be optional.
As for the interior, the Ranger is due to adopt several notable upgrades. Expect to see a heavily restyled dashboard and certain revisions of the center stack. Mid- and upper-level trims will get the latest version of the SYNC infotainment system. That includes Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, hands-free phone operation, a 360-degree camera and voice controls. High-end models will also offer leather-lined seats with wood or metal accents.
2018 Ford Ranger F100 Powertrain
The 2018 Ford Ranger F100 will use only one of the powertrains that are currently available in the global model. That will be the 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo-diesel that already powers the Ford Transit vans. Next in line will be the 2.7-liter V6 that currently makes 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque in the F-150. We expect also to see a gasoline four-cylinder engine in the mix. The likeliest candidate is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost that propels the Ford Explorer. In the SUV, this unit delivers 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of twist. When it comes transmission choices, there will be a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic to choose between.
Pricing and Competition
We expect the 2018 Ford Ranger F100 to be one of the most competitive trucks when it comes to pricing. It is likely to start under $20,000, undercutting the cheapest Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma as its key rivals.