The Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck produced by Ford Motor Corporation and it is marketed by Mazda. It manufactured and sold in South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. At present it is sold as Mazda B-Series and it is available in 130 countries.
First Generation (1983-1988)
The initial Ford Ranger model was introduced in 1983. The production of the model began in 1982, focusing on fuel efficiency and quality, but the original model hit the market in 1983. It was offered in four wheel drive.
Available engines to the 1983 Ford Ranger model include 2.0 liter OHC 4-cylinders version that delivers 72 hp of power, 2.3 liter OHC, 2.2 liter and 2.8 liter V6 versions. Also available was turbo diesel engine. Available transmissions to the engines include 4-speed manual, 3-speed automatic and 4-speed automatic.
The high performance Ranger GT model was introduced in 1986 and it was offered in single trim version, standard cab. It had the wheel base 107.9 inches, length of 175.6 inches, and width of 66.9 inches. The compact pickup truck was related to Ford Bronco 2.
Second Generation (1989-1992)
Only two engine options were available in this generation, 2.3 liter I-4 and 2.9 liter V6 version. The transmissions available were 4-speed automatic with overdrive and 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive.
With the V6 engine, the compact pickup truck can achieve fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon in the city premises and 24 miles per gallon on the highway roads.
Third Generation (1993-1997)
The Ford Ranger was completely redesigned in 1993. The key features in the model were superior ride quality, reliability and acceleration. On the other hand, it has low fuel economy rates than the other competitor models in its class.
Present Generation (1998-Present)
The 1998 Ford Ranger is completely redesigned in 1998, gaining more powerful engine, freshened exterior styling and few new features. The notable features in the model are reasonable price and acceleration.