Ford Ranger History

2019 Ford Ranger Pre-Collision Safety 

Interested in the 2019 Ford Ranger? If you've considered driving this Ford midsize truck around Collinsville, you're not alone, as it has been quite popular for decades. However, the new Ford Ranger you see today is far different from the original iteration. Learn more about Ford Ranger history with Auffenberg Ford North!

Early Ford Ranger History

Before the Ford Ranger became a well-known pickup truck among Fairview Heights drivers, there was the Edsel Ranger, an automobile produced and sold by the Edsel Division of Ford in the late 1950s. It was available as two-door coupes, four-door sedans, and two- and four-door hardtops, with a convertible introduced in 1960. The Ranger is one of two Edsel nameplates reused by Ford down the road.

Original Ford Ranger Pickup

Ford introduced the Ranger in 1982 as a 1983 model in an effort to compete with small pickups being produced in Japan. A few details about the original model include:

  • The Ranger initially only came with two-wheel drive. A 4WD model became available in fall 1982.
  • Ford F-Series pickups inspired the Ford Ranger's original design, as seen in the grille design and bodyside character lines.
  • The sole engine powering the Ranger was a 2.3L four-cylinder rated at a meager 80 hp, but Ford released a more powerful 2.8L V6 later in 1982, capable of 115 hp.

Ford Ranger 1993 Redesign

After a series of minor updates throughout the 1980s and the same basic body style, the Ford Ranger received a substantial redesign in 1993. Highlights from this time in Ford Ranger history include:

  • The 1993 redesign involved new light clusters in front and back, enhanced sound systems, flush glass, and more.
  • Mazda borrowed the Ford Ranger platform in 1994 for its B-Series pickup truck line.
  • The Ford Ranger stood as the best-selling compact pickup truck since 1987 through the late 1990s.

Ford Ranger Today

Over the years, Ford made a number of updates to the Ford Ranger, until the pickup was taken off the assembly line after the 2011 model year. It wasn't until the 2019 Ford Ranger returned to dealerships that Granite City drivers again had access to this truck, and now it stands to compete against the F-150 for Truck of the Year, and it holds its own against competitors from other manufacturers!


2019 Ford Ranger in Snow 


Test Drive the Ford Ranger at Auffenberg Ford North!

Now that you have the Ford Ranger history down, it's time to get behind the wheel! Get in touch with Auffenberg Ford North to take the Ranger out for a test drive! Need more information before taking the 2019 Ford Ranger out for a spin? See how it compares to the Chevy Colorado!

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