2019 Ford Ranger

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Autoblog Rating

The Ranger is an extremely solid overall mid-size truck, with great fuel economy and solid road manners that make it the best all-rounder out there.

Industry
7.5
ESSAOUIRA, Morocco — It took a decade, but finally America is letting the rest of the world taste the Raptor magic. In terms of heritage, style and capability, the F-150 Raptor still rules supreme. The rest of the world wanted a piece and, finally, Ford is spreading the love. Enter the Ranger Raptor, created by Ford Australia and packaged for the world. But is it a Raptor in name only, or the real deal? Our first drive in Australia revealed an underwhelming four-cylinder diesel engine and fears that Ford Performance may have sold customers short. Second chance for the Ranger Raptor to prove itself comes on Morocco's Atlantic coast. And we're promised this will be a real opportunity to see if the Baja spirit endures, remixed for a global audience. But not before confronting Chief Program Engineer Damien Ross about that engine. As the Ranger Raptor progressed from long-held dream to reality, he boasts of trips to America to sample F-150s at Ocotillo Wells and meetings with U.S. colleagues to concoct the ingredients list for creating a true Raptor. You can hazard "a four-cylinder diesel will be enough" wasn't on that list. Yet that's what it's got, the sophisticated sequential turbo 2.0-liter EcoBlue punching above its weight with 210 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. It's the latter figure Ross insists ruled out a gasoline motor, despite the existence of a 270 horsepower, 310 lb-ft, 2.3-liter EcoBoost option in the American market Ranger. With 310 horsepower in the EcoBoost Mustang and, in evolved form, tuned to an officially-sanctioned 375 horsepower in the Mountune Ford Focus RS, there's clearly headroom in that engine. Surely a Ford Performance product needs a powerplant worthy of the name, and wouldn't Raptor buyers trade a little payload or towing capacity for some fireworks under the hood? Ross offers an apologetic shrug and "we're listening" to a question he's probably been asked once or twice already. Keen to talk positives, he cites the switch to coil springs and a Watt's linkage on the rear axle as "a big engineering decision" with significant cost implications. "Our dynamics team said we had to have it," says Ross, "and it's what makes the Ranger Raptor special and gives it genuinely different characteristics to the F-150. I consider that car has a raw character, but ours is a little more sophisticated and therefore better suited to the roads in markets we'll be selling in." It's all relative, of course. We're still talking a ladder-framed truck with fat tires and Fox suspension. Designer Dave Dewitt shows clear delight at how it's turned out, even when being tossed around in the back seats on a rock crawl to a coffee stop in the dunes. "Opportunities like this really are once in a lifetime," he grins. "We'd been sketching Raptor versions of the Ranger for a long time, and then we got the green light. Engineering came to us and said, 'We can give you 5.9 inches of extra track — how much …
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ESSAOUIRA, Morocco — It took a decade, but finally America is letting the rest of the world taste the Raptor magic. In terms of heritage, style and capability, the F-150 Raptor still rules supreme. The rest of the world wanted a piece and, finally, Ford is spreading the love. Enter the Ranger Raptor, created by Ford Australia and packaged for the world. But is it a Raptor in name only, or the real deal? Our first drive in Australia revealed an underwhelming four-cylinder diesel engine and fears that Ford Performance may have sold customers short. Second chance for the Ranger Raptor to prove itself comes on Morocco's Atlantic coast. And we're promised this will be a real opportunity to see if the Baja spirit endures, remixed for a global audience. But not before confronting Chief Program Engineer Damien Ross about that engine. As the Ranger Raptor progressed from long-held dream to reality, he boasts of trips to America to sample F-150s at Ocotillo Wells and meetings with U.S. colleagues to concoct the ingredients list for creating a true Raptor. You can hazard "a four-cylinder diesel will be enough" wasn't on that list. Yet that's what it's got, the sophisticated sequential turbo 2.0-liter EcoBlue punching above its weight with 210 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. It's the latter figure Ross insists ruled out a gasoline motor, despite the existence of a 270 horsepower, 310 lb-ft, 2.3-liter EcoBoost option in the American market Ranger. With 310 horsepower in the EcoBoost Mustang and, in evolved form, tuned to an officially-sanctioned 375 horsepower in the Mountune Ford Focus RS, there's clearly headroom in that engine. Surely a Ford Performance product needs a powerplant worthy of the name, and wouldn't Raptor buyers trade a little payload or towing capacity for some fireworks under the hood? Ross offers an apologetic shrug and "we're listening" to a question he's probably been asked once or twice already. Keen to talk positives, he cites the switch to coil springs and a Watt's linkage on the rear axle as "a big engineering decision" with significant cost implications. "Our dynamics team said we had to have it," says Ross, "and it's what makes the Ranger Raptor special and gives it genuinely different characteristics to the F-150. I consider that car has a raw character, but ours is a little more sophisticated and therefore better suited to the roads in markets we'll be selling in." It's all relative, of course. We're still talking a ladder-framed truck with fat tires and Fox suspension. Designer Dave Dewitt shows clear delight at how it's turned out, even when being tossed around in the back seats on a rock crawl to a coffee stop in the dunes. "Opportunities like this really are once in a lifetime," he grins. "We'd been sketching Raptor versions of the Ranger for a long time, and then we got the green light. Engineering came to us and said, 'We can give you 5.9 inches of extra track — how much …
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Retail Price

$24,000 - $38,565 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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$942 Nat'l avg. savings off MSRP
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Engine 2.3LI-4
MPG 21 City / 26 Hwy
Seating 4 Passengers
Transmission 10-spd w/OD
Power 270 @ 5500 rpm
Drivetrain rear-wheel
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