2015 FORD RANGER FACELIFT
Ford’s big Ranger pickup has been spied testing a new (and familiar) face this week, this time in the brand’s homeland.
Caught out-and-about in the US, Ford’s development team have worked to obscure the update Ranger’s look, but it is clear where that new face comes from.
Revealed first with last year’s Ranger-based Everest 4WD SUV concept, the new face’s appearance on the revised pickup confirms the two off-roaders will share more than a common architecture.
The exterior styling similarities appear to start and stop with the front-end, with these new photos revealing no changes to the profile and rear.
We’ll see an all-new interior with the updated Ranger however, with our photos revealing a redesigned steering wheel with more switches, along with a completely reimagined centre console.
The current model’s bulbous shiny switch panel is gone, replaced instead with a Focus-inspired panel that adds black highlights and new-look buttons and dials.
It is unknown at this stage if the Ranger will enter 2015 with any changes to its mechanical package, with the current model powered by 2.5 litre petrol and 2.2 and 3.2 litre diesel engines.
It is also unclear when the refreshed pickup will make its official debut, although we can likely expect it to fall in the same timeframe as the Everest next year.
As for the Ranger being spied in the US, this could be the long-rumoured confirmation that our locally-developed ute could be the 'compact' pickup that Ford is planning for America.
Speaking at an industry conference last year, Ford America's truck boss Doug Scott said the company is planning a "true compact truck, clearly differentiated from the F-150 in price, size, and fuel economy”.
Here in Australia, new sales figures for June reveal that the Ranger remains a strong seller for Ford, notching up 3214 sales for the month - putting the pickup in sixth place overall.
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