We all knew the Ford Ranger was coming. Rumors of the Ranger swirled for the last couple years, and now Ford officially unveiled the midsize pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2019 Ranger will bring the nameplate back to North America after an eight-year hiatus. At first glance, the model seems to have grown up quite a lot.

2019 Ford Ranger in gold off road

Like a kid who goes to study abroad and comes back a man, the 2019 Ford Ranger is ready to compete in the modern world. The model will compete with the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon, and Honda Ridgeline. That’s some stiff competition, but the Ranger should quickly become a top contender.

2019 Ford Ranger in gold off-road from the rear

Here are the 2019 Ford Ranger’s details:

  • A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 10-speed automatic transmission make up the truck’s powertrain. Two and four-wheel drive will be available.
  • Later on, Ford will most likely offer a diesel and a V6 engine as options, though nothing has been officially stated.
  • The body is mostly steel with some aluminum parts, like the hood and tailgate.
  • The Ranger will offer two cab configurations (SuberCab and SuperCrew), and three trim levels (XL, XLT, and Lariat). There will also be a Chrome package and Sport package for appearance upgrades.
  • Ford’s Terrain Management System will be an option and included in an FX4 off-road package. This provides four different drive modes. The Trail Control allows the truck to slowly crawl over difficult terrain. In addition to the drive modes, the package brings skid plates, better tires, and improved suspension.
  • An electronically locking rear differential will also be an option, further enhancing the Ranger’s off-road prowess.
  • Sync 3 and an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Alexa interface, and navigation will be the infotainment system, and 4G LTE WiFi will be available that can accommodate up to 10 devices.
  • The available premium audio system is a B&O system.

Overall, the 2019 Ranger seems like it should compete well with the front-runners in the segment: the Toyota Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado. It will be interesting to see how the model fairs once it’s available. Chevy and Toyota have spent the last several years fortifying their positions within the segment, and only time will tell if Ford made a mistake by keeping this model out of the States for the last several years. Pricing has not yet been released, but we'd expect it to start in the low $20,000. The truck should hit showroom floors later this year.

2019 Ford Ranger grille

2019 Ford Ranger tailgate

2019 Ford Ranger steering wheel

2019 ford Ranger cabin