While this is not the first time the forthcoming North American Ford Ranger has been captured on camera during testing, some new Ranger spy shots shared by Off-Road.com are notable for several reasons. For one thing, they include the first photos we’ve seen of one of the prototype truck’s dashboards and engine bays; and for another, several features point to the possibility that this truck is representative of a rugged, trail-ready FX4 model.
Those features include robust-looking black wheels (different from those seen on Ford Ranger Raptor prototypes), front tow hooks, and a serious front skid plate. Chrome-finish mirror caps also point to something more than a base model. Curiously, no sport bar is present in back – a bit of a surprising omission for an off-road-capable model like the FX4. We’ll be curious to find out whether one is offered at launch.
It’s difficult to glean anything about the engine from the under-the-hood spy shot in this latest collection, what with the rat’s nest of wiring and non-production presentation, but we can say with some confidence that it doesn’t look like a six-cylinder. We fully expect Ford to push its EcoBoost range of turbocharged engines in the forthcoming Ford Ranger, but given that the range-topping engine in the GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado is a normally-aspirated V6, an EcoBoost V6 from Ford might be overkill when a turbocharged four-pot could do.
As for the interior, it looks pretty much like the one in the current global Ford Ranger, with a simple, no-nonsense control layout and big, meaty knobs and buttons. That’s as it should be, given how much truck buyers as a group tend to prefer hard physical controls with some semblance of being analogue.
The 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck for the North American market could be shown as early as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January. To see the latest spy shots of the forthcoming truck, head to Off-Road.com.