Ford's newest world market Ranger has finally made it back home -- at least in prototype form, that is. Shown here is a pair of heavily camouflaged test mules spotted cruising around Beverly Hills on San Vicente Boulevard. Yes, that's in the heart of "The Hills."
Our best guesses has the lead truck pinned as the latest Ranger launched earlier this year in Europe. Dead giveaways are its somewhat raking, sporty roofline, distinct crew cab profile, and side fender turn signals. It's also a right-hand-drive model. We noted its unique soft diesel clatter upon acceleration, most likely derived from the currently available 2.5 or 3.0-liter Duratorq TDCi mill.
The second Ranger is a dead giveaway. Just compare the rear fenders set behind the crew cab and you'll notice it's the next-generation model utilizing heavily modified Mazda BT-50 bodywork. It's likely that its underpinnings are completely new.
In the flesh, the EU-spec Ranger looked bigger than our current model. But interestingly, the next-generation mule (the one with the rear fender flares) looked as big, or even a bit smaller, than the U.S.-spec rig. The extra black cladding didn't help our perspective.
From what we know so far, there is no official word that Ford will bring its new global Ranger to the American market. Yet, given that these prototypes are in the U.S., we'd be tempted to believe that Ford isn't completely against the idea.
Production of the current Ranger will end next year. How long the U.S. market will have to wait before getting a final word on a successor is unknown.
Thanks to islandgrl728 for the images!