The 2019 U.S.-spec Ford Ranger is just months away from dealer lots. As the all-new truck gets closer to production, there are a few important changes that fans of the current Ford Ranger (1997-2011) should be aware of. Here is a quick rundown of the biggest differences between the older truck and the new.
2019 Ford Ranger - It's Way Bigger
The prior Ranger was a compact truck. The new 2019 Ranger isn't. It is a mid-sized truck. The original Ranger in 1997 had a length from 184-198 inches. The new Ranger will likely have a length as long as 213 inches. The prior generations of the Ranger had widths as narrow as 69 inches and as wide as 71 inches. The new Ranger with mirrors folded out will have a width of as much as 80 inches. Folded, the width will likely be about 75 inches. Those looking forward to the new Ranger should be prepared to find that the truck has grown significantly. Park next to a new Chevy Colorado to get a feel for the new size.
2019 Ford Ranger - Fuel Economy Technology You Can't Delete
One of the great things about compact trucks from the good old days was that they could be relatively basic vehicles. Those days are long gone. Every new Ranger will have standard auto stop/start technology. Your truck is going to shut off at red lights, stop signs, and in traffic and then restart when you move your foot from the brake to the power pedal. The fuel economy of the new Ranger has not yet been announced by FuelEconomy.Gov, but it will very likely be better than the V6-equipped Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
2019 Ford Ranger - Safety Technology You Can't Delete
Your new Ranger is also going to stop on its own in emergency situations. Forward collision mitigation with auto emergency braking is going to be mandatory in a few years, but every automaker is making the technology standard on every new vehicle design already. The Ranger is no different. IIHS has proven that this technology dramatically reduces rear-ending crashes. If you are not a fan of this safety tech, look on the bright side. The teen texting in the Ranger behind you will also be driving a truck with the technology.
These 3 big changes will all apply to both the consumer and also the fleet versions of the Ranger (we checked).
The new 2019 Ford Ranger goes into production late this year.