The new, 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck has been spotted completely uncovered in Thailand, showing off a production body that looks nearly identical to the old one, albeit with some changes to the grille, front bumper, and foglights.
The images can be found over at Motor1.com.
That the new Ford Ranger so strongly resembles the outgoing one makes sense, given that the new truck is tipped to be nearly-identical structurally to the current T6 Ranger. The grille represents one notable departure, featuring more diminutive horizontal bars and a slimmer surround than on the current model, although it retains approximately the same hexagonal shape. Gone is what Motor1 says is named the “steel chest” – the big slab extending down from the grille over the center section of the front bumper.
The truck looks better for it.
Elsewhere, not too much has changed, although some updates are expected under the hood. In global markets, the 2.5-liter Duratec gas I4 and turbocharged, 2.2-liter Duratorq diesel I4 could continue uninhibited, although it wouldn’t surprise us to see Ford replace the former with one of its turbocharged EcoBoost mills. In fact, according to spy photographers, a Ford Ranger prototype spotted in the US last month appeared to be packing an EcoBoost I4.
Granted, the engine lineup could end up being entirely different between North America and other markets.
At the top end of the range, a new, turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel I4 is expected to debut in the Ford Ranger Raptor – a truck that’s slated to make its debut in Thailand this February. Non-Raptor models should bow much sooner, possibly at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month, so stay tuned.