An Australian car site reports having leaked photos of the next generation of Ford Ranger midsize pickup.
Here in North America, we only just got the Ford Ranger back, but elsewhere in the world, the current T6 generation Ranger has been on sale since 2011. That means it’s getting due for a redesign, and Ford Australia is under intense scrutiny from the Australian media to see what they might be cookin’ up next.
In a reported leak to Wheels Magazine, the publication says that two photos of the next generation Ranger are from a photoshoot in outer Melbourne. The images seem to be less of photo quality and more like renderings or heavily photoshopped pictures, so take them with a hefty grain of salt.
They also don’t have any Ford iconography or logos, and Ford isn’t saying anything to confirm the images. Not that they would this early in the design process.
Anyway, if this is the T7 Ranger, then it looks like a weird mashup of all the current Ford pickups in one. From the T6 Ranger, the new truck keeps the window line and hood, but everything else is changed. The grille and general headlight design look like it was sourced from the 2019 F-150, while the rear bumper and tail lights look lifted from the 2020 Ford Super Duty.
The body lies seem entirely unique, as does the complete lack of side mirrors. We’re guessing that those side mirrors are to be added later on in the design process. Or Australia allows cameras instead of mirrors on their roads, which is definitely not the case in the United States (even though it totally should be).
We don’t know how Ford will handle the next generation of Ranger in North America. A Ranger that’s on sale for all of 2 years before being redesigned seems a little too soon, but it would also send a pretty bad message if Ford were to give the rest of the world the new Ranger and once again deny it to the States.
Then again, they thought it was fine to sell the Focus RS in the rest of the world and keep it from hard-working Americans. You never know with Ford.
(Source: The Torque Report)