New and rather confusing photos posted by Australian website WhichCar purportedly show the next generation Ford Ranger in its entirety well ahead of its scheduled debut.
The photos (you can click here to view them) show a rather handsome-looking mid-size truck with some typical Ford styling cues sitting on a shadowy room with a sheet draped in front of the grille logo. That means there’s really no evidence that this is the next-generation Ford Ranger, though, apart from the fact that this truck’s grille looks sort of like a mid-size take on the 2020 Ford Super Duty.
What’s even more strange than the conveniently covered up logo is that WhichCar claims these photos were scooped in an “Australian suburb” which just makes no sense at all. These are very clearly professionally lit studio shots, so it seems there’s more to this story than the Aussie publication claims. This could be a Chinese Ford knock-off, a fan-made render, a genuine Ford leak or some sort of weird spy shot, but at this point, it’s pretty hard to say.
Very little is known about the next-generation Ford Ranger, but it is believed that it is being developed alongside the Ford Bronco. Last month, a report surface alleging the truck could spawn a Raptor variant that may arrive in North America, although Ford refused to confirm or deny anything, saying it does not comment on speculation about future products.
That same report indicated the next generation Ford Ranger could debut by as early as 2022 with the alleged Ranger Raptor arriving shortly after. Ford seems to be fast-tracking the development and arrival of the next-gen truck knowing that the 2019 Ford Ranger T6 is an aging product, having been on sale in foreign markets since 2011.
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