Today we got a close, albeit cloaked look at the expected 2019 Ford Ranger—but in the unexpected form of a Regular Cab work truck. The vehicle, shot here by our ace photographers, was being tested at a supplier in Michigan. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the 2019 Ranger caught testing, but this is the first time we’ve laid eyes on a dedicated Regular Cab work truck variant.
Further, the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, and the Toyota Tacoma, all of which are in the same segment as the future Ranger, are not available in this cab configuration; so in theory, Ford would be the only manufacturer in the segment to bring a Regular Cab to market. If it makes it to market.
The test subject was caught wearing its new front end, which will both refresh the Ranger design overseas and serve as the design for the new-to-the-States Ranger. Also showcased are the no-frills headlights; they lack any sort of C-shaped LED definition, unlike most of the Ford truck family.
The undercarriage couldn’t look cleaner, which could suggest the truck is a fresh prototype, and maybe one of the last final prototypes before production. This is all speculation of course, but the North American International Auto Show due date is fast approaching. Will Ford offer its newest truck in a bare, work truck trim? The answer could be right in front of our eyes.