This is the ’19 Ford Ranger FX4, finally caught testing in production metal and with its production face. Up until this point, the FX4 was testing in mule form.
The Ranger FX4 will get added ground clearance and styling tweaks to make it unique from the standard Ranger. On this prototype, the grille appears to have an Explorer-ish feel to it.
In other markets, the current FX4 can be had with a 3.2L diesel engine found in the Transit. It’s unclear if it will be offered on U.S. models, but the Ranger could be offered in a number of configurations to compete with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Expect a full complement of Ecoboost four and six-cylinder engines, and perhaps a diesel. Ford may use the direct-injected twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 as the premium choice. Ford’s new 10-speed automatic, co-developed with GM, is also expected.
The ’19 Ranger FX4 will be revealed next year, more than likely in Detroit.
Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde