This article contains a speculative image of a long-wheelbase Ford Ranger created by Thanos Pappas for CarScoops and is not affiliated with or endorsed by Ford.
The new Ford Ranger was introduced in November 2021, but the automaker has yet to introduce a pickup version for the US. A sighting of camouflaged prototypes near Ford’s factories in Dearborn, Michigan suggests that the American Ranger will have a longer wheelbase, resulting in a longer rear body, which inspires us to create the artwork.
A closer look at the US-spec Ranger prototypes spotted in Dearborn revealed that the space between the rear wheel arches and rear doors has been increased compared to the EU- and AU-spec models. That’s exactly what we did in our rendering, stretching the wheelbase of the pickup a few inches.
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The optional body changes the Ranger’s proportions and adds extra volume to the rear bed, making it more comfortable for buyers in North America. The larger rear bed will be a selling point for the new generation, helping it pull away from the smaller Maverick in terms of cargo capacity.
The body-on-frame architecture makes it easy to extend the wheelbase, the only new body panels being the side parts of the bed, as everything else is shared with the European counterpart. As reported by Automotive News Europe, the new American Ford Ranger, like its predecessor, will be produced in Michigan.
The new Ranger is expected to arrive in North America in 2023, as Ford CEO Jim Farley confirmed on social media. The model range will also include a hardcore Ranger Raptor with a tough body kit, reinforced suspension and a more powerful 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6. As for the base model, it will likely be powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, and a plug-in hybrid version is also in the works. Keep in mind that the Ford Ranger is the sibling of the recently introduced VW Amarok.