The Ford Ranger is back. After an eight-year absence from the U.S. market, Ford decided last year that it could no longer ignore a mid-size pickup segment that was attracting a half million buyers annually. Slated to hit dealerships early in 2019, the Ranger competes with the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.
If you’ve spent any time outside the U.S. or Canada in the last decade, you’ve likely seen a new Ranger — it’s the best-selling pickup in Europe. With plants in several locations around the world, it has become something of a global workhorse. Designed originally in Australia, it’s now become a truly global vehicle with its arrival in North America.
It should be noted up front that the new Ranger is most definitely a mid-size pickup, much larger than the old compact Ranger we knew, and it’s nearly the same size as a mid-1990s Ford F-150. Looking at the new truck, however, it’s not all that apparent what’s changed to accommodate U.S. buyers. It looks mostly the same as the global truck, with some slightly different headlights, grilles, taillights and a taller hood. It comes in two cab styles, SuperCab (extended cab) and SuperCrew (four full doors), but one wheelbase, which means two bed lengths will be present depending on cab style.