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2019 Ford Ranger: Spied

"Seen trundling around Detroit recently was this test mule for the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger, sporting a look that apes that of the current midsize pickup sold in other parts of the world. The Ranger’s Aussie-chic styling probably confirms rumors that our Ranger will be a retooled version of what the rest of the world has gotten since 2012.

Immediately visible, even under the swirly body wrap, is the truck’s hexagonal grille and squinty-eyed headlamps. A sculpted hood and bulging front fenders recall Ford’s current F-150, and this particular tester is sporting a crew cab bodystyle with a reasonably long bed. We’re relieved to see low windowsills and a greenhouse that’s designed as much for style as it is for outward visibility, curing one of the few problems we have with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Around back, we spy the global Ranger’s massive rectangular taillights and sculpted tailgate.

We do see one problem with this particular test mule, however. The Ranger’s global platform, codenamed T6, was introduced for the 2012 model year, meaning Americans might be stuck with a truck that’s already seven years old by the time the 2019 Ranger hits the market here. That leads us to believe this truck is a mere mechanical buck, not a production-intent tester.

We predict Ford will extensively revise its midsize pickup for American consumption, giving it new styling, an updated T6 platform, and U.S.-specific powertrains. Our source suggested the company would offer the Ranger with a twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 as the top engine option, giving it 300-plus hp and between 350 and 375 lb-ft. While that sounds cool, we also hope Ford will offer the Ranger with a diesel engine, perhaps the 3.2L I-5 currently found in the Transit or the 3.0L V-6 that will be available in the 2018 F-150. "

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I expect Ford will do as GM did and revamp the global model for American taste in styling and options. There is no need to rebuild the mechanicals but the rest will be updated. The global model was already engineered for the American Market and regulations according to the lead engineer that did it.

The truck will be a decent truck the key is the pricing and packaging the options. You can't get too cheap and you can't get too expensive. GM has found a sweet spot and Ford should too.

Though I never found the view out of the Colorado or Canyon as a problem.

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Sounds very cool, I do not agree with them about the visibility out of the windows in the GM mid size twins.

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