About Ford Ranger
Ford Ranger refers to a series of pickup trucks developed and sold by Ford all over the world. The first Ranger vehicle was produced in 1982 and has flourished for recent decades. The pickup truck was originally sold in North America, but it later spread to other continents. It has been discontinued in North America in 2011, but it eventually returned in terms of mid-size pickup in the 2019 model year, based on the T6 platform developed by the Australia branch. In North America, the current situation of the Ranger is between the status of F-150 and that of Maverick, while for overseas it is the only pickup model for sale. The 2019 version improved into the second generation in 2021.
In North America, the Ford Ranger has four generations in total. The first generation was introduced in 1983, the second in 1993, the third in 1998, and the fourth in 2019. Its first aim was to take the place of its predecessor, Courier's position, and was set to compete with the Chevrolet S-10. The company claimed that the model would become the most popular vehicle in the high-school parking lot. The second generation became more aerodynamic, but the chassis was similar to the previous generation, and the stepside-style bed was taken into practice for the first time.
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The third generation of Ford Ranger was similar to the second in appearance, but there were still some ‘first times' applied, such as the two rear-hinged doors. In the meantime, the first Ford electric vehicle appeared, known as the Ford Ranger EV. This generation lasted till 2011 when the last vehicle was assembled by Twin Cities Assembly. The Fourth generation is a return, but the model shifted from compact pickups into mid-size pickups. Michigan Assembly Plant now accounts for the production and the model is mainly based on the T6 platform. This model only has the option of SuperCabs and SuperCrews, and four full doors are offered for the first time.
For the South American market, the first Ford Ranger was exported to Argentina in 1995. Initially, only the two-door SuperCab with 4.0L gasoline Cologne V6 engine type was offered, but the company decided to set up local assemblies as the demand increased. The assemblies were upgraded in 2007, which caused some divergence from the US model. In 2010, the Ford three-bar cooperate grille was applied, and door handles were changed into loop-style, but the interior, as well as the powertrain, generally remained unchanged. In 2012, the Ford Ranger T6 platform from Australia took the dominant position and was eventually introduced to America in 2019.