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Production of the first-generation Ford Ranger began in 1982 as a 1983 model.
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine served as the Ranger's base engine with 73 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque.
A slightly more powerful 2.3-liter four-cylinder was also offered with 79 horsepower and 124 pound-feet of torque.
For 1983 and 1984, Ford offered a Mazda-sourced naturally aspirated diesel four-cylinder in the Ranger pumping out 59 horsepower and 90 pound-feet of torque.
The range-topping engine for the Ranger at launch was a 2.8-liter V6 delivering 115 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of twist.
For the 1985 model year, Ford upgraded the diesel engine sliding in a 2.3-liter turbocharged unit built by Mitsubishi making 86 horsepower and 134 pound-feet of torque.
Diesel would cease offering a diesel engine option in the Ranger following the 1986 model year.
The 1986 model year saw a 2.9-liter V6 with 140 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque replace the 2.8-liter in the Ranger lineup.
The Ranger underwent a major facelift for the 1989 model year with some frame improvements, exterior styling updates and a freshened interior.
The optional automatic transmission was also upgraded for 1989 from a three-speed to a four-speed unit.