The 2018 Ford Ranger will be focused toward the US market for delivering amenities like Chevrolet’s Colorado does. Ford Ranger has reentered into the US automobile market and the company is reported to hide several new plans under the sleeve.
Several reports have confirmed that Ford will update key areas of 2018 Ranger which include powertrain and in-dash technology. Since the company abandoned the mid-sized Ranger pickup truck in 2012, it has been sorely missed. The all-new Ford Ranger has sold well all around the world and the same has been expected for 2018 Ranger but in the US.
2018 Ford Ranger – Exterior
There’s no doubt that the existing global Ranger looks somewhat like Ford F-150. According to what experts have predicted, the design cues will remain unchanged in 2018 Ranger. This also suggests that 2018 Ranger will incorporate minor tweaks.
The company is likely to present all the 3 cab configurations viz. Crew Cab, Extended Cab, and Regular Cab. Although the front fascia is expected to remain unchanged, Ford might offer a new design in headlights and grille just to differentiate between trim levels.
While top trim levels like Limited Platinum or Lariat could offer a panoramic sunroof, lower trims including the base model will remain unchanged. Around the rear portion, the optional frame mounted trailer hitch receiver and traditional step bumper will be retained. Ford’s very own spring-loaded assist system will be incorporated into the tailgate and LED bed lighting might be revised.
2018 Ford Ranger Powertrain
While 4 engine options are presented for the global (existing) Ford Ranger, the upcoming 2018 Ford Ranger will likely make use of a new powertrain. Besides this, the 3.2-liter inline 5 cylinder turbodiesel mill can also be expected.
This engine can kick out 350 lb-ft of torque and 185 hp. Ford could do some tweaks to this engine to make output levels reach up to 370 hp. Another expected engine is a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 which is used in Ford F-150.
As this EcoBoost V6 churns out 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque in F-150, these output figures might be high in 2018 Ranger. Transmission choices might go as 6 speed automatic and manual. Buyers might also get to choose between RWD and 4WD.
Although the interior cabin of global Ranger will be carried over in 2018 Ford Ranger, significant updates are likely to be done. This would include the center console which could feature new arrangements of controls.
Regarding technological features, the mid and upper trim levels will get the latest version of SYNC. This means that features like voice control, hands-free phone operation, satellite radio and also Bluetooth connectivity will be in stock.
As to the base model and lower trims, seats will get cloth or vinyl upholstery. This will differ in higher trims as leather upholstery along with wood and metal accents will be featured.
2018 Ford Ranger Competitors, Price, and Availability
Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado will be its biggest rivals. To stay ahead in the competition, also the 2018 Ford Ranger is expected to come with a starting price of $25,000. Speculations suggest that this new pickup truck could be released in early 2018.