Ford is launching a new edition of the Ranger midsize pickup. We haven't seen the American truck yet, but Ford has just revealed the global edition Ranger, which will be sold worldwide in more than 180 markets.
It's worth reiterating: this truck is not the version that will arrive Stateside. But as with the current version of the truck, the American Ranger will be substantially similar to this one. And this reveal should offer a preview — particularly visually — of what we can expect when Ford brings the Ranger to the U.S. market.
Ford is offering the global Ranger with three different diesel options: turbocharged and twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter versions and a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. All three engines can be paired with either a 10-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
Ford may bring one of those diesel engines to America, but we'd expect the base engine in the U.S. will be the same 2.3-liter gas-powered turbocharged inline-four as the current model. We expect some form of hybrid engine, either at launch or shortly afterward. An eventual Ranger Raptor may pack the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Bronco.
While you can get the 2.3-liter EcoBoost with a stick shift abroad, we don't think Ford will offer a manual transmission option for the Ranger in America. But, you never know.
Ford dramatically overhauled the global Ranger's interior. Changes include an available 12.1-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen with Ford's Sync 4 system, a digital instrument cluster and a smaller short-throw e-shifter. Ford improved storage with a larger center console and storage behind and beneath the rear seats.
The new Ranger here looks fancier than the Maverick, and not quite as plush as the F-150. Expect the changes in the American version to be similar.
What we know so far about the most-eagerly-awaited midsize truck.