Deja Vu: Where Have We Seen the 2019 Ford Ranger Before?

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2019 Ford Ranger

As the U.S. spec 2019 Ford Ranger prepares for its world debut in Detroit, we have a pretty good idea what to expect.

We’re getting ever-so-close to the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and you know what that means! Among the many incredible new rides set to debut in Detroit are the 3.0-liter Powerstroke diesel-powered Ford F-150 and the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger. Not to mention a few potential surprises.

The U.S.-spec 2019 Ford Ranger was recently spied driving around Thailand, with, interestingly, no camo whatsoever. Still, intrepid spy photographers knew exactly what the mid-size pickup was. To no one’s surprise, the American Ranger carries a strong resemblance to the current global Ranger. The biggest differences being a narrower grille with thinner, dual horizontal bars running through the middle.

2019 Ford Ranger

Going off those clues, along with what we already know about the 2019 Ford Ranger, Ford Truck Enthusiasts’ digital artist Pratyush Rout came up with this fresh rendering. It’s a slight update on our previous rendering. But most importantly, this one incorporates the new front end design elements present on the test mule.

At this point, it’s a pretty safe bet that this image gives us an accurate depiction of what to expect from Ford’s highly anticipated return to the mid-size truck market.

Now, the only questions that remain revolve around the Ranger Raptor and Ranger FX4. Will we see either of these models alongside the base Ranger in Detroit? Or will Ford finally give us some clue as to what it’s planning with the 2020 Bronco? We might not get the answers to all of those questions. But you can bet on at least one surprise in the coming weeks!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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