In Colorado, spy photographers managed to snap a few pics of the next North American Ford Ranger, expected to launch for the 2019 model year after steering clear of the US market for more than half a decade. You can find a couple of spy shots over at Motor1.com.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, following the departure of the Ford Focus compact car to a plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. Engines for the US-spec truck are likely to include both four- and six-cylinder EcoBoost mills, although we wouldn’t be surprised to see a diesel make the cut, too. The new 10-speed longitudinal automatic transmission, co-developed with GM and now standard across the F-150 lineup, seems like the most logical standard gearbox.
That said, if we all close our eyes and wish really, really hard, maybe the US-spec Ford Ranger will offer an optional manual transmission.
The spy photographs, which depict a mid-size truck covered head-to-toe in dizzying camouflage, don’t give much away. Motor1 expects that the forthcoming Ford Ranger will incorporate some of the same touches as the current-generation F-150, establishing a recognizable familial resemblance. We’d bet on three cab configurations – regular, extended, and crew – being made available.
Check Motor1.com for the spy shots.