Ford has decided to finally bring back the Ford Ranger to the United States, but not until 2019. The beloved mid-sized pick-up been sold virtually everywhere else in the world, but after the large stateside success of the Toyota Tacoma, Ford thinks it’s prime time to reintroduce the Ranger into the American market.
According to Car and Driver, the Ranger was a hot truck to have back in 1999, when Ford sold approximately 350,000 of them in just one year. In 2015, only 180,000 Tacomas and 100,000 Coloranyons were sold, so the Ranger has a real possibility to come back and regain its spot as the premiere mid-sized pick-up.
The Ranger’s base price will start below the $25,000 mark and will likely have a 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine, as well as a naturally aspirated gas V-6.
Also on Ford’s new vehicle release docket — a Bronco SUV. The sport-utility vehicle would rival a Jeep Wrangler, and is set for release in 2020 with a base price of $30,000.
In a recent press release from Ford Motor Companies, the company revealed plans to add four new vehicles to their global SUV lineup in the next four years. According to Ford, this change in direction is due to the aging of the Baby Boomers, which the company hopes to balance by tapping into the demographic of Millennials who are starting a family. This change in production may also have to do with the fact that gas prices have drastically gone down in recent years, and people are more apt to buying an SUV than they were a few years ago.