New 2019 Ford Ranger Prototype Spotted Doing Test Drives

Feb 17, 2017 06:00 AM EST

A couple of photographs have recently surfaced on several motoring blogs showing what appears to be the 2019 Ford Ranger. The highly camouflaged truck was spotted on a test drive in Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford confirmed that the company is planning to revive the Ford Ranger pickup truck during the company's presentation at the Detroit Auto Show. However, the company has yet to provide any substantial detail or plan regarding it.

There are reports claiming that the new 2019 Ford Ranger will use the company's four-cylinder and six-cylinder EcoBoost engines, according to MSN. There are also rumors that Ford might offer a diesel variant of the truck. There are also talks that Ford might equip the new Ranger with a 10-speed automatic transmission which the company developed along with General Motors, and has been spotted across some of its latest rollouts.

The last Ford Ranger model to be rolled out in the United States was released in 2011. Although Ford continues to build and sell it globally. Once it rolls out of production lines, the new Ford Ranger will compete with the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon.

Although the truck is covered in camouflaged decal, one will immediately notice the hexagonal grille and the squinty headlamps. The truck features a sculpted hood with bulging front fenders which is hauntingly similar to the current Ford F-150 model. This led many Ford enthusiasts to speculate that the upcoming Ranger will feature the same design cues and styling as the F-150 or the Super Duty.

According to Auto News, the new 2019 Ford Ranger will begin production in late 2018. Although it is not yet confirmed, it is speculated that Ford will build the new ranger at the company's Michigan Assembly Plant based in Wayne, Michigan. Aside from the Ranger, Ford has also confirmed that the iconic Bronco SUV will be revived in 2020.

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