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Will the U.S. Ford Ranger be different than the global model?

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Yesterday, a spate of new spy shots of the U.S. Ford Ranger pass through the interwebs. While it’s hard to see what’s going on under the camouflage at times, there are a few things that look noticeably different.

New brake light position

If you look at the global model, the brake light appears on the tailgate above the release button. It’s slim and positioned in a missable location. For the U.S., it appears Ford has moved the brake light above the rear window in a much bigger more obvious location.

No bumper steps?

One of the more useful features we saw on the global model were the side bumper steps located on the cladding just behind the rear wheels. This allows for better bed access, and it’s a feature we’ve seen – and loved – on trucks from General Motors. However, on the U.S. Ford Ranger, if the exposed cladding is to be believed, there are no bumper steps.

Small design tweaks

Though the headlights and taillights appear to be identical to the global model, it looks like there might be some design tweaks to the front fascia. The top portion and the upper bar look the same, but there could be some small changes on the lower fascia. Though it’s hard to tell with the black sheer sheet in addition to the black-and-white camo.

Any word on powertrain?

While we still haven’t heard anything official here, as we mentioned in our “what to expect” article, it would be logical to use the same powertrains we see in the Bronco, since they have the same underpinnings. However, we do still think the new Ranger will offer a hybrid option, which the Bronco doesn’t have, since both F-150 and Maverick do. But what that hybrid will be is still in question.

Lately, there have even been rumors of a plug-in hybrid electric version (PHEV) with up to 40 miles of all-electric range.

The bottom line on the U.S. Ford Ranger

Ford Motor Co. has done an excellent job keeping the U.S. Ford Ranger under wraps, and we still have very few concrete details. We know it’s coming. We’re pretty sure it’ll be a 2024 model. And we have a good idea of what it will look like based on the global model.

But that’s it. So, stay tuned for more info when we get it, which will hopefully be by this summer.

Oh, and if you want to see those new spy shots, which frankly aren’t that different from the last set of spy shots, we’ll send you over to the Motor1 website.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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