The last Ford Ranger rolled off to dealership across Canada in 2011. It continued to be sold in markets outside North America. The Ranger has not set its wheels in our continent for more than seven years. 2019 changed all of that, as Canada’s favorite midsized truck comes home.
Ford Motor Company’s first design of a compact pick up truck dates back as early as 1982. The first Ranger was produced on January 18, 1982. In few months, Rangers were in showrooms across North America. The midsize truck made its debut in the South American markets in 1995. Three generations of the Ranger were produced across its 29-year production run while maintaining its chassis framework. The pickup got its first significant redesign in 1993, followed by a minor update in 1998. Mid-cycle updates occurred again in 2001, 2004, and 2006 before the Ranger entered an 8-year hiatus in 2011 for its Canadian and American drivers.
The Ranger has had an overwhelming influence across Ford’s SUV lineup. It served as a basis and inspiration for several Ford models. Some of these are the infamous Ford Bronco II and the first two generations of the Ford Explorer. The 2019 Ranger also served as the basis for the revived Ford Bronco slated for a 2020 re-introduction.
It has also impacted the first generation of Ford Explorer Sport Trac. A variant of the Explorer SUV line, yet functionally a crew-cab midsize pickup truck. It is slotted in between the Ford Ranger SuperCab and the F-150 SuperCrew.
Learn more about the current 2019 Ford Ranger here. Visit us or contact us at 780-986-2929 to talk with one of our Ford specialists to find out more about the return of Canada’s favorite mid-sized compact truck.