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Ford is ready to launch a redesigned Ranger later this 12 months and a prototype has simply been noticed.

The present Ranger was solely launched in the US for the 2019 mannequin 12 months however has been on sale elsewhere for the reason that early a part of the newest decade. That is why a brand new era of the mid-size pickup truck is coming so quickly. We count on it to be launched right here as a 2022 mannequin.

The prototype is closely camouflaged however a part of the headlight design may be seen, revealing an identical look to the design used on the newest F-150. The prototype is for a crew-cab mannequin however an excellent cab also needs to be coming. Elsewhere, an SUV physique can be supplied, as is the case for the present Ranger.

2022 Ford Ranger spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Ford Ranger spy pictures – Picture credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The brand new Ranger will experience on the up to date model of the present Ranger’s T6 body-on-frame platform. The up to date platform has a barely greater footprint and might help plug-in hybrid know-how. It made its debut within the new Bronco.

Given the shut ties with the Bronco, we will count on the Ranger to hold the identical powertrains. Within the Bronco, there is a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque as the bottom powertrain, and a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with 310 hp and 400 lb-ft because the mid-range possibility. The Bronco is obtainable with the selection of a 7-speed guide or 10-speed computerized and hopefully that is the case for the Ranger, too.

It is not clear what electrified possibility(s) Ford has deliberate for the Ranger, however it could merely be the plug-in hybrid setup featured within the new F-150 PowerBoost. The setup combines a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 with a single electrical motor for a mixed 430 hp and 570 lb-ft.

2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak

2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak

We additionally count on to see one other twin-turbo V-6 reserved for a Ranger Raptor. Sure, the U.S. is lastly getting a Ranger Raptor, albeit with a gasoline engine as an alternative of a diesel like within the present Ranger Raptor offered abroad. For Bronco followers, there can be an equal mannequin presumably dubbed a Warthog. Prototypes for this mannequin are additionally out testing.

Manufacturing of the brand new Ranger for North America can be dealt with at Ford’s Michigan Meeting plant in Wayne, Michigan. It is the place the present Ranger and new Bronco are constructed.

Subsequent 12 months, Volkswagen will launch a redesigned model of its personal mid-size pickup truck, the Amarok, which Ford is growing on the bones of the brand new Ranger. Ford can even construct the Amarok for VW, with the automobile up to now solely confirmed for the South American, European and African markets, although each Ford and VW have left the door open to it presumably being offered within the U.S.

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