Here at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford announced the return of the Ranger pickup truck. It's the sensibly-sized pickup truck seemingly everyone has been demanding, and it's finally back in North America.
Ford's Joe Hinrichs revealed at the Detroit Auto Show that the European-market Ford Ranger, shown above, would serve as the basis for the U.S. Ranger coming in 2019. The Ranger sold in North America will be built in Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant, and according to Hinrichs, will feature unique front-end styling, engines, and features as compared to the Euro-market truck.
Notably, at the same event, Ford officially confirmed the return of the Bronco in 2020. Hinrichs explained that the Bronco, like the Ranger, will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant, and he described the Bronco as being a midsize, off-road-capable 4x4. Could the Bronco be based on the upcoming Ranger's underpinnings? It sure seems like that's the hint Ford is dropping.
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The Ranger and Bronco have long been rumored to return to Ford's lineup. A United Auto Workers representative first revealed that Ford's union contract included Bronco and Ranger plans back in October of 2016. But this is the first time Ford has officially and fully confirmed that these vehicles will return, announcing where the vehicles would be produced and when they would debut. Today, Ford confirmed that the Ranger and Bronco are two of five new utility vehicles set to arrive by 2020.
We'll be publishing more Ranger news as we receive it.