The Ford Ranger became the best selling compact pickup when it was launched in America. More so when it took the body style used by the equally famous Ford F-Series trucks. Up to this day, the Ford Ranger continues to be the best selling compact pickup truck for 18 years running.
The Ranger nameplate first appeared as a special trim package for the full-size Ford F-Series truck. As a separate model or vehicle line-up, the Ford Ranger first appeared in 1982 as a 1983 model. It replaced the Ford Courier as Ford's compact pickup offering. After its shift as an independent model, the Ranger trim of the Ford F-Series trucks was replaced by the XLS trim.
The Ford Ranger is still being sold by Ford up to the present and continues to be the best selling vehicle in its class. The current Ford Ranger line-up being sold at major Ford dealerships is the fourth generation of the said vehicle. There are also Ford Rangers being sold outside North America, but these Rangers are an entirely different vehicle than the ones being sold locally.
The first generation of the Ford Ranger appeared from 1982 to 1992. During this period, the design of the Ford Ranger was based on the Ford F-Series and was equipped with engines ranging from a sufficient 2.3 liter I4 to a powerful 4.0 liter V6 engine. A 1993 redesign gave it an aerodynamic look whose style was also used for the Mazda B-Series the following year. This style, called the second generation, lasted until 1997.
On 1998, the third generation of the Ford Ranger appeared. This time, the Ford Ranger was longer and larger. It still looks like the Mazda B-Series, which was also redesigned during the same year.
Ford's current offering of the Ford Ranger is the fourth generation of the said vehicle, which started from the 2001 model year. Today's Ford Ranger is offered in six trim levels: XL, STX, XLT, Edge, FX4 Off-Road and FX4 Level II. Three engine options are available, starting with the capable 2.3 liter I4, the 3.0 liter V6 that provides excellent low-end torque, and the large and powerful 3.0 liter V6. All engine options are coupled with a standard 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive.
The Ford Ranger would not be a bestseller if it is not a capable vehicle. Equipped with just the same chassis and equipments available on the Ford F-Series, you can expect a lot of power and functionality on the Ford Ranger. To make it even more functional and make it as powerful as its competitors, equip it with high performance engines and other Ford Ranger parts that can be found here at Parts Train. Here at Parts Train, we have the most complete and comprehensive line up of Ford Ranger replacement and performance parts that you can conveniently have any time you want.