2016 Ford Ranger Caught Testing In The U.S.

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Thanks to World Car Fans, we now have spy shots of the new for 2015 Ford Ranger being tested right here  in the United States. Prior to this, all photos of the upcoming truck resulted from testing in Europe or Asia, where the Ranger is sold.

Although the test mule in the photos is heavily camouflaged, sources believe the front of the new Ranger will be nearly identical to the 2015 Ford Edge. Noticeable changes from the current global Ranger sold primarily in Asian markets include a redesigned front bumper, a different grille and a new design for the headlights. Available engine choices should remain the same as with the 2014 truck, including a 5-cylinder diesel capable of towing a train. Yes, a train. Also expect an EcoBoost engine to become an option for the North American market.

The has been upgraded considerably for 2015, and will likely use higher-quality materials for the picky American market. While Ford has previously dismissed the notion of bringing the Ranger to America, renewed interest in the compact truck market from crosstown competitor GM may have changed their mind,  though we’d like to take some of the credit for the Ranger coming home to America.

Another reason for Ford’s change of heart? Switching the F-150 to an aluminum body has likely raised the cost of the best-selling truck, leaving more room for a lower-priced Ranger to enter the market as an entry-level truck. Want to see more spy pics? Head over to World Car Fans.

 

Steve Hanley

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