The upcoming 2019 model isn't completely new, and so it won't be the first time we have seen the Ford Ranger. 2011 marked the pickup truck's brief end, with Ford only now resuming production in the form of the 2019 Ford Ranger. Here’s a few fun facts about the Ford Ranger when it first came out.
1983 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger made its first appearance as a 1983 model, when the market for small pickup trucks was dominated primarily by brands from Japan, such as Mazda. The two-wheel drive Ranger came out mid-1982, while the four-wheel-drive version was released in fall.
As you might expect in an older model, the horsepower and torque of the Ford Ranger weren’t much to look at by today’s standards. It had a 2.3L 4cyl engine that gave 80 horsepower.
There were 4 trims for this pickup truck; base, XL, XLS, and XLT. If you had driven a Ford Ranger back then, you’d only have 2 options for wheelbase and bed; a 108-inch wheelbase truck with a 6-foot bed, or a 114-inch wheelbase truck that had a 7-foot bed.
There were actually three transmission options; the standard was a 4-speed manual transmission. The other two optional transmissions were a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic. The 1983 4x4 Ford Ranger could haul 1,600 pounds, which actually wasn’t too shabby.
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2019 Ford Ranger Release Date
Looking back, it’s strange to see how far the Ford Ranger has come, especially in the 2019 version
, which boasts of 7,500 pounds of towing and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. If you are curious about this upcoming vehicle, be sure to keep an eye on our blog, where we share what we know about the Ford lineup.
While we don’t know the specific release date of the 2019 Ford Ranger
, we do expect to see it sometime early 2019, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this exciting pickup truck!