Spy photographers have managed to capture a next-generation Ford Ranger pickup test mule on public roads in the US – a truck expected to bow sometime next year and launch for 2019. Autoblog has the full gallery of spy shots.
Although the spied truck is wearing a full suit of camouflage, to our eyes, it looks identical to the current-generation Ford Ranger sold elsewhere around the world. More than likely, it is, and the truck is simply serving as a testbed for new mechanicals. That would explain the absence of heavy cladding, often deployed on prototypes to hide their shape from prying eyes. Autoblog expects the next North American Ford Ranger to look more like a scaled-down F-150, and we suspect they’re right; we can likely look forward to a squarer face, bracket-shaped headlights, and the like.
As for powertrains, it’s too early to tell, but we find Autoblog‘s predictions rather reasonable: nothing with more than six cylinders, and likely an EcoBoost I4 and a diesel tossed into the mix. The diesel engine would most likely be either the 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel headed to the F-150 for 2018, or the 3.2-liter I5 diesel offered in the US-market Transit, and in the Ford Ranger in other markets.
Be sure to visit Autoblog for the 2019 Ford Ranger spy shots.