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Mysterious Spy Shots Emerge, Covert Ford Ranger?

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On: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Salamone

Mysterious Spy Shots Emerge, Covert Ford Ranger?

Just today, one of the super savvy bloggers at Inside Line posted spy shots of an unknown truck seen in the greater Los Angeles area. Thus far only a few small clues exist which help identify this modern day mystery machine. Needless to say, the vehicle’s heavy camouflage and metal bed make the labeling process a more difficult task, but never fear.

Michigan manufacturer plates create a strong case for this being a product of the Big Three.

Mike Magrath, from Inside Line, speculates that the vehicle could be about the size of a Toyota Tundra, but the front might be considered to follow a Dodge aesthetic. But, if you ask me – a risky decision generally – these images show a commercial variant of the future Ford Ranger.

Comparing these pics with former shots taken of the all-new Chevy Colorado, startling differences emerge. While the trucks appear to be roughly the same size, differences in the headlights, hood, and rear become apparent. Secondly, difficult to find spy images of the future Ford Ranger running around Death Valley, CA present eerily similar character traits: from front fascia to vehicle size, window coverings, and rear tow hitch placement.

As far as Dodge is concerned, we haven’t heard anything about a Chrysler/Fiat American-market light truck project that would be so far in development. And the mere fact that Ford has already been caught testing in Southern California adds weight to the argument that this is a Ranger in the making.

All we truly know about the future Ranger is that it will be built on Ford’s global T6 platform, presently designed in Australia. Much like every other brand, we can expect a significantly larger truck with this successive generation. Interior and engine specs are virtually unknown at this stage, but expect new data to arrive sometime this year.

So there you have it. Could this be a Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, or something previously unconsidered? Our money’s on the blue oval.

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