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2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak spotted

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2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak spotted

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The 2019 Ford Ranger may have only just shown at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto but that doesn’t stop the pace of progress. Not for Ford anyway. The same week as the show, an eagle-eyed photographer spotted the 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak in diesel being tested.

The 2019 Ford Ranger is known to have a gasoline engine at release, with a diesel planned. This Wildtrak trimmed truck is a diesel.

We know that the 2019 Ford Ranger has a turbocharged 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine. It is the same one that features in the Mustang and has proved itself very capable. What was obviously missing was something with a little more low down torque, a diesel. We know Ford were planning it but not when it would be released. We still don’t know that but we do know it will definitely be a thing.

Spy shots of the 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak show a fuel filler cap with the word ‘Diesel’ taped over it. Presumably to remind the driver not to let habit take over and reach for gasoline at the pump. The shots were taken in Michigan last week and the photographer also said he saw black smoke come from the tailpipe when the truck first started. Another sure sign of a diesel engine.

2019 Ford Ranger
The 2019 Ford Ranger is going to be the smaller sibling of the F-150 truck. It is for those who need something slightly smaller but equally capable. After a long time speculating, we now know  it is coming and what will power it. The EcoBoost 2.3 we all know and love. It will also use the capable 10 speed automatic transmission we see in many Ford vehicles.

For the longest time we didn’t know whether we would even get the truck as Europe and the Middle East have it already. Now, thanks to leaks and the appearance at the show in Toronto last week, we know it will arrive and what it will look like.

Considering how successful the Chevrolet Colorado has been, Ford had to do something to meet the needs of the audience that obviously wanted a smaller truck. The Ranger is certainly going to do that!

A diesel version of the Ford Ranger makes sense. It will get better gas mileage and will have more low end torque which is ideal for towing. Just what form that engine will take we don’t yet know, but thanks to the spy shots, we know it is coming in one form or another. Plus, the Wildtrak trim looks the business!

Learn more about the 2019 Ford Ranger at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

Image Credit: KGP Photography

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