Ford May be Making an Off-Road Version of the Ranger

What would you even call something like that? The Ford Ranger Baby Raptor?

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Many of you already know Ford has opted to restart production of the Ford Ranger, the popular mid-sized pickup. The Ranger has been getting a lot of attention as America rekindles its love of small trucks. Take the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, for example—both trucks do well in the pickup community, and both have off-road packages available. Unfortunately, Ford has been out of the mid-size truck game for seven years now and people (meaning, we at the The Drive) are starting to ask questions.

The Ford Ranger is already projected to be released in late 2018, but new spy shots obtained by Car & Driver show a possible off-road version of the mid-sized truck. Ford is very familiar with the off-road truck segment, as its Ford Raptor is the talk of the town and for good reason. In the spy shots, you can see a more tucked-away front and rear bumper, fender flares, thicker control arms, and other all-terrain goodies. 

The direction in which Ford would take this potential off-roader is unclear, thus the engine options are also up for grabs. If Ford intends to follow the Ford F-150 Raptor model, we can expect to see more of a high-horsepower EcoBoost engine, but if they intend to focus on rock crawling we would most likely see a four-cylinder diesel or naturally aspirated V-6.