It's hard to believe that the current-generation Ford Ranger is already nine years old. Yes, the popular pick-up made its global debut way back in 2011, making it the oldest model in its class. Still, it's selling pretty well despite the age, and Ford's continuous updates kept it fresh for almost a decade.
With that in mind, you're probably wondering when the all-new model will arrive. We'll get to that later because Ford is giving this workhorse one last facelift. The new-look (but not all-new) model is set to arrive in a few days; on November 5, 2020, to be exact. So, what can we expect?
Ford didn't put out any teaser photos but they did post a teaser video on their YouTube channel, and we can see several Rangers in undisguised form.
The video is quick; it's only 16 seconds long, but we see three distinct Ranger variants for the Thai market with new bumpers and new grille designs. One Ranger unit is gray while the other one is orange; the latter could be the updated Wildtrak.
The third is more of a curiosity: it's a sporty version, but not a Raptor. It has the same updated look but there are some red details on the front grille and even red stripes on the hood and bumper.
There are rear shots of the Ranger, but it doesn't look like they changed much. We can't tell if those taillights are new, but there appears to be some differences with the tailgate itself.
Additional features and new variants are also a possibility. As far as powertrains are concerned, we wouldn't be surprised if Ford leaves the engines untouched. After all, it wasn't that long ago when the American automaker gave it a minor nip and tuck, and a major overhaul under the hood.
It was in mid-2018 when Ford added the new 2.0-liter turbo and bi-turbo engines to the Ranger. Those engines effectively replaced the old 3.2-liter, inline-five diesel reserved for four-wheel-drive models. With that, the tried and tested 2.2-liter could be headed for retirement to simplify the engine line-up. It's either that or the 2.2-liter will be reserved for the base models.
Other possibilities? The Ranger might get some goodies from the US-spec model, and maybe even from the Bronco. We could see tweaks to the front suspension, and perhaps some updates to the ten-speed automatic as well.
Of course, the only way we'll know is once Ford rolls out the facelifted pick-up. As for the next-gen model, it's coming sooner than you think.