2019 Ford Ranger Raptor
We’ve reported on the exciting, Colorado ZR2–rivaling Ford Ranger Raptor a bit before, but these photos provided by our spy photographer excite us nevertheless. Sporting massive, chunky tires mounted on the F-150 Raptor’s 17-inch wheels, the upcoming Raptor (expected for 2019 or 2020) has a brawny stance not unlike its Chevrolet counterpart. Bulging fender flares provide some coverage for the truck’s widened front and rear track..
Of note, our photographer reported this vehicle had apparently diesel-powered running gear, likely a 3.2L turbocharged I-5.
2019 Ford Ranger XLT and Wildtrak
As it is in the U.S., XLT is Ford’s midlevel trim in other world markets, while Wildtrak takes the top Ranger slot (at least until the Raptor is made available globally). Spotted testing alongside a Ford Everest–bodied Bronco mule and the aforementioned Ranger Raptor, two SuperCrew pickups were spotted, one with XLT-spec wheels and the other wearing Wildtrak rollers. Each of the testers also wore bed-mounted style bars, which are a common sight on global Rangers.
While the Raptor was probably running a turbodiesel powertrain, our photographer reported one of these trucks sounded distinctly like it had a turbocharged V-6, likely Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost. Consider our interest decidedly piqued if Ford decides to offer a 325hp-plus engine in the midsize pickup.
2020 Ford Bronco Mule
Rest easy: Our photographer’s source all but promised that this vehicle is a mere mule for the 2020 Ford Bronco, not a preview of its styling. The powertrain that lurks under this anonymous global-market Ford Everest bodywork is reportedly all that will transfer to the Bronco when it hits our shores sometime in 2019. Not that we don’t like the Everest, which is a three-row family SUV with plenty of off-road capability, but we seriously hope the heritage SUV will come with heritage styling.
We’re still at least a year away from seeing a production version of the Ford Ranger or Bronco, so until then, we’ll just have to keep speculating. But we’re grateful to see these test vehicles out and about, as it gives us plenty of reason to daydream about our ideally spec’d Ford midsize trucks. We’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for more Ranger and Bronco mules till we get our hands on the real thing.
Source: SpiedBilde Photography