The 2019 Ford Ranger was heavily camouflaged and it was spotted in the Australian roads testing giving the notion that the manufacturer is planning a launch soon.
The large trucks are always a favorite among buyers in North America and the Ford Ranger is no different. The one spotted in the spy shots is expected to debut in the region in 2018 and will be offered with a wide choice of powertrains. The car competes with Chevrolet Colorado which is being offered with so much customization options in North America that probably will push Ford to take the same route. By allowing buyers to customize the body and powertrain, they can reach more buyers.
It was not surprising to see that the Ranger spotted in the Australian road was more of a body shell which was nowhere near a completed production model. Going by the trend, this could be a car that is never complete as it will always be made to order. The overall shape of the body and the headlights looked pretty much the same but the exhaust system suggested that the spy photos are of a high end model.
Based on the setup, it is speculated that the version spotted will be powered by a 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine which can easily produce about 242kW power with 508Nm of torque. Another possible option is the model that uses a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine which produces a much higher 280kW power combined with 637nM of torque. Ford do have plans to add a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine to the line of engine options they plan to provide to their customers.
The powertrains will be mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox setup. The spy shots also revealed that the 2019 Ford Ranger spotted was also equipped with four disc brakes that adds strength to the speculation that it is indeed the V6 variant. The North American market is always supportive of high end trucks that offer amazing performance combined with fuel efficiency and basic features.
The V6 Ford Ranger slated for reveal next year aims to deliver at all points. It will also serve as a base model for two new vehicles scheduled for Australian customers. The next gen Ford Bronco and Everest are expected to borrow design cues, powertrain among other features from the 2019 Ford Ranger that is being exclusively designed for buyers in United States.
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