That means one of two things. Either this is representative of what our American Ranger will look like – largely similar to the pickup sold in other parts of the world – or that sheetmetal is just being used temporarily to hide the American-market components being tested underneath, and our Ranger will get unique styling. Either is a plausible explanation, but the rest-of-world bodywork might be too understated for American consumers. Maybe Ford will split the difference, and give the Ranger a scaled-down version of the F-150's front and rear ends, while keeping the side stampings largely the same. It's definitely too early to tell, but don't be surprised if our 2019 Ranger at a minimum adopts C-shaped headlights and a three-bar grille.
There's no solid information yet about powertrains, but the smart money is on nothing larger than a V6 finding a home under the hood. Abroad, the Ranger is available with a range of diesel engines, but there are only two probable candidates for our market. One is the 3.0-liter Lion unit that's heading into the F-150 for 2018. It's also available in US-market Land Rovers, where it makes around 254 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. That seems like a lot for a midsize pickup, but it could be detuned. The other is the 3.2-liter diesel inline-five that Ford sells here in the Transit van, which is available in the Ranger in some markets – it's good for 185 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, definitely fits, and closely matches the Chevy Colorado's 2.8-liter Duramax's 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. And an EcoBoost inline-four as a base engine is also likely.
Whatever engines find their way underhood, we're expecting the new Ford-GM 10-speed automatic to show up. We're keeping our ear to the pavement on the Ranger and Bronco, so if we can shake any more info loose we'll pass it along.