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Next-Gen Ford Ranger Spied During Road Tests: Very First Look

Ford has been testing a new generation of the Ranger midsize pickup. The first spy photos represent a test mule.

New C-shaped headlights mimic the ones seen on the 2021 Ford F-150 and 2022 Ford Maverick. So, the next Ranger is in line with the newest design language Ford uses for pickup trucks.

Externally, the Ford Ranger is quite identifiable by its overall shape. The details are hidden under heavy disguise. Several changes are expected in the cabin and under the hood (engine choices).

Currently the North America-spec Ranger comes with a single 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine and an only 10-speed automatic transmission.

The pickup will be available with Ford’s diesel engines – a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter Power Stroke – on other markets. A plug-in hybrid system is possible as well, that pairs the 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 with an electric motor.

A much-anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor should arrive to the United States as a performance version of the new-generation model.

The redesigned Ranger will share a T6 platform with the Bronco SUV. Ford will build the both at its Michigan Assembly Plant. In addition, a new Volkswagen Amarok pickup will be based on the new Ranger.

Expect that Ford will introduce the Ranger in the end of this year or early 2022. It should go on sale in the U.S. as a 2022 model, and be launched globally in late 2022 as a 2023 model. Australians may expect it in the Land Down Under in late 2022 or early 2023.

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