Ford has given the world a quick glimpse of its refreshed Ranger pick-up this week, ahead of an early 2015 market debut.
But, rather than adopting the Everest’s look wholesale, the 2014 Ranger will get its own unique version of that three-bar grille design.
Like F-Series trucks of the past, the updated Ranger’s centre grille bar will be flanked by a pair of vertical intakes, while the grille frame itself will extend further into the front bumper.
The bumper has also been updated, taking on a more streamlined look for the new model year.
The new Everest 4x4’s headlights round out the front-end changes, along with a taller and more powerful bonnet design.
Technical details are still to come, but Ford's short video teaser boasts of a "smarter, safer, smoother, stronger" Ranger for 2015.
This suggests we can expect Ford's latest safety technologies to appear with the Ranger, along with insulation and suspension enhancements.
Stronger? Ford has yet to reveal specific outputs for its new Everest SUV's 2.2 and 3.2 litre diesel engines, but if the numbers are bigger, expect to see those same figures with the Ranger.
The refreshed Ranger will bring a number of other tweaks, many focused on interior materials and a redesigned dash.
The Ranger as we know it remains a strong seller for Ford in Australia, with year-to-date sales topping 22,539 at the end of October.
Ford’s popular pickup is still well behind the dominant HiLux however, which currently boasts 31,876 year-to-date sales. In fact, 4WD variants in the HiLux line have topped the Ranger’s overall sales on their own, at 22,876.
Ford has little to be upset about, though: while the HiLux was Australia's second best-selling car in October, the Ranger wasn't far behind, finishing fifth.
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