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In 2011 North American drivers wept - lamenting the passing of both the Ford Ranger and the compact pick-up market. This iconic platform (which debuted in 1982) had become the standard of mid-duty power, performance, and reliability. There was no worthy alternative; there was no all-wheel replacement.

This will, fortunately, soon change.



According to Motor Authority, Ford has recently been pitting its 2019 Ranger against the elements - sending the truck Down Under for some final powertrain tweaks. Spy photos (taken by eager cameramen) reveal a T6 frame, with a wide grille and short bed. Though heavily camouflaged, the headlamps should offer LED precision; while aluminum paneling is rumored to ensure a more efficient ride. Power-folding side-view mirrors, lean wheel-wells, and enlarged intake vents create a sporty effect.

What drivers truly crave, however, are specs about the Ranger’s all-terrain capabilities. While Motor Authority notes that no official details have been released, it does contend that a 3.2L inline-five engine is the most likely option for 2019 - ensuring 197 HP and 346 lb.-ft of torque. This should please Seattle pick-up fans, allowing them to easily adapt to every road and every mid-duty load.

What do you think about the 2019 Ranger? Does it meet your expectations? Let us know!