VIDEO: Ford Officially Confirms 2019 Ranger and 2020 Bronco at Detroit Auto Show
Legendary Nameplates Make Return to U.S. After Long Absence
At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford officially announced it would bring back the Ranger and Bronco to the American market later this decade.
The 2019 Ranger will be based heavily on the global Ranger currently available in global markets, though the company confirmed it would receive a significant front-end restyling to suit American tastes. Currently, the global Ranger (codename: T6) uses three different engines: a 2.5L gasoline I-4 with 164 hp and 167 lb-ft, a 2.2L diesel I-4 with 148 hp and 243 lb-ft, or a 3.2L diesel I-5 with 197 hp and 347 lb-ft.
We wouldn’t necessarily expect those engines to make the jump to the U.S. market, although a version of the 3.2L diesel I-5 has already found its way under the hood of the Transit van. We think a compact Power Stroke Ranger could be a good foil for GM’s well regarded Chevrolet Colorado Duramax and GMC Canyon Duramax. The Ranger’s base engine could be a reworked, higher-powered version of the 2.5L I-4 found elsewhere in Ford’s U.S. stable, while an optional 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 could make for an entertaining mini-Raptor.
The future of the 2020 Bronco is much more hazy. Other than its confirmed model year, the Bronco’s powertrain, suspension, chassis, and even form factor are up for debate. Some suspect the Bronco may take the shape of Ford’s Ranger T6–based Everest SUV. That body-on-frame four-door SUV offers legitimate off-road chops, but it looks boring and conventional. Still, an Everest-turned-Bronc could prove to be a good match for the similarly shaped Toyota 4Runner.
Instead, though, we hope the Bronco looks and feels more like the Brazilian-market Troller T4. Designed by Troller Veículos Especiais to ape the Jeep Wrangler and original Bronco, the Troller T4 was absorbed into the Ford do Brasil stable to give the company a rugged utility vehicle for emerging markets. Powered by the company’s 3.2L diesel I-5, the Troller T4 would make for a handsome U.S.-market Jeep rival.
Until we learn more about both these vehicles, anything we have on them is mere speculation. What do you think? How should Ford handle the relaunch of the 2019 Ranger and 2020 Bronco?