General Motors bet big on reintroducing all-new mid-size pickups with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. That bet paid off. Big time. Now, Ford will attempt to emulate the success with a reborn Ranger for the U.S. market, and spy photographers captured the pickup wearing production bodywork.
Ford Authority reported Tuesday that the Ranger shown is likely an FX4 model with more off-road aspirations. The meatier tires, a front skid plate and a raised ride height are the biggest giveaways. It’s unclear how Ford will position its powertrain strategy, but this prototype reportedly ran a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 may arrive for higher trims, too.
Chevrolet currently offers a four-cylinder, V6, and turbodiesel four-cylinder engine in the Colorado and Canyon pickups, so we could see a diesel-powered Ranger also join the range. As for a Colorado ZR2 rival, Ford previously confirmed the Ranger Raptor is forthcoming, but only confirmed it for the Australian market thus far.
With a production body in place, we’ll likely see the Ranger bow next year ahead of its on-sale date in 2019. Meanwhile, the next-generation Colorado and Canyon pickups reportedly won’t arrive until 2022.
Spy shots: Motor1