Ford Ranger: Take a deep dive into the history of the F-150’s baby brother

Roadshow | 1/10/2018 | Jon Wong
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An Australian Ford Ranger.

Last year at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford announced it would bring the Ranger pickup back to the US in 2019. Besides showing the badge and a picture of a foreign market model, no additional details were provided at the time, forcing us to patiently wait to hear the details about the North American-bound pickup at a later date. When Ford finally does return to the segment, it will have a healthy group of midsize pickup truck offerings to contend with including the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline.

Ranger - US - Model - Year - Model

We last saw the Ranger in the US during the 2011 model year. However, the model continued to be offered in other markets around the world, which likely gives some strong hints to the truck that will ultimately return to showrooms here. Hopefully, we will learn more about the new Ranger and see official photos soon, but until then let's take a look at the history of the Ford F-150's little brother here in the United States.

The Ranger's North American story began during the 1983 model year when Ford introduced the new small pickup truck to replace the Mazda-built Courier. At launch, the Ranger was offered with four engine options that included a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 73 horsepower, 2.3-liter four with 79 horsepower and a 2.8-liter V6 pumping out 115 horsepower.

Diesel - Mazda - Horsepower - Pound-feet - Torque

A naturally aspirated 2.2-liter diesel built by Mazda was also available making 59 horsepower and 90 pound-feet of torque, which was replaced in 1985 by a Mitsubishi 2.3-liter turbocharged diesel with 86 horsepower and 134 pound-feet of twist. Sadly, Ford would drop the diesel engine option following 1986.

The first-generation Ranger would undergo a major facelift for 1989 with frame...
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