Although the Ford Ranger would be coming back to the US sharing the same platform as the new Ford Bronco SUV, that’s probably about the extent of their similarity. In regard to looks, the Ranger would instead share a likeness to Ford’s domestic best-seller, the F-150.
This is based on spy shots of the mid-size pickup in Dearborn, Michigan. The truck was wrapped under disguise, but there wasn’t enough of it to conceal its general styling cues.
Prior reports had suggested that the Ranger would share its looks with the Bronco, but its spy shots now prove that that won’t be the case.
While some reports expect the Ranger to be designed based on its international version, Americans don’t share the tastes of truckers from other parts of the globe. In other words, the pickup’s current design would not work in the US.
In order to remedy that, Ford would probably port some of the styling details from the front and rear of the F-150, resulting in a Ranger that has a more distinct three-slat grille and C-shaped lights up front. Although this mule looks very much like its old self, Ford could be hiding a lot of changes under its shell.