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As per the CarExpert article linked, a long wheelbase Ranger prototype has been spotted in an IKEA carpark in Melbourne Australia, which happens to be next door to the Ford Australia National Sales Office.

The prototype looks to be sporting the super cab's tub mounted to an extended wheelbase crew cab chassis. It also has a side exiting exhaust, which suggests this could be a US market prototype as none of the RoW vehicles have the side exit exhaust.


https://www.carexpert.com.au/car-news/2023-ford-ranger-spied-with-extended-tray

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Ahhhhh!!!! There is hope for me after all. I’ve been pining over this configuration for YEARs!!! Now if this is coming to the NA market, my only hope is I can get it in a Tremor package?!?! For me it would make for the perfect overland truck right from the factory!!! If not, I suppose I’ll settle and go for Lariat FX4 and go for a two inch level and Fox suspension upgrade…. Basically build my own Tremor so to speak.

Thanks for posting… this definitely made my day!!! 😁
 
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Am I the only one that is not a fan of the side exit exhaust?
Rather have it out the back. But glad to see this prototype.
 

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Am I the only one that is not a fan of the side exit exhaust?
Rather have it out the back. But glad to see this prototype.
Side exit doesn't interfere with the departure angle like an aft exit one does.
 

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Side exit doesn't interfere with the departure angle like an aft exit one does.
Yea I’m in Wisconsin, not a lot of off-roading so that doesn’t matter much to me.
the reason I don’t like it is if you’re parked in a garage and starting the truck early in the winter all the exhaust hangs around in the garage vs a rear exit exhaust it will vent out the open garage door.
 
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Thanks for posting… this definitely made my day!!! 😁
This is pretty much guaranteed to be a US market prototype. There are a number of differences between the AU market vehicle and this one:
  • The amber markers in the front wheel arches
  • Side indicator repeater in side fender grill (not in the mirrors)
  • Side exit exhaust pipe
  • Centre high mount stop light in rear of cabin (not tailgate)
I highly doubt that we will get this length vehicle globally, it's here because the prototypes are built at the former Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne's northern suburbs.
 

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Yea I’m in Wisconsin, not a lot of off-roading so that doesn’t matter much to me.
the reason I don’t like it is if you’re parked in a garage and starting the truck early in the winter all the exhaust hangs around in the garage vs a rear exit exhaust it will vent out the open garage door.
There's plenty of off-roading in Wisconsin, at least the northern part where there's trees and nature instead of just cities and farms. haha Either way though off-roading is one of the Ranger's main functions by design, so they have to incorporate off-road aspects whether you use them or not.
And as far as the garage goes, I always back in, so whether the exhaust goes out the side or the back it'll still collect inside the garage if running anyways. But I can see your point.
 

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This is pretty much guaranteed to be a US market prototype. There are a number of differences between the AU market vehicle and this one:
  • The amber markers in the front wheel arches
  • Side indicator repeater in side fender grill (not in the mirrors)
  • Side exit exhaust pipe
  • Centre high mount stop light in rear of cabin (not tailgate)
I highly doubt that we will get this length vehicle globally, it's here because the prototypes are built at the former Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne's northern suburbs.
it is disappointing to see the brake light mounted to the back of the cabin versus integrated into the tailgate… booo
 

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This is pretty much guaranteed to be a US market prototype. There are a number of differences between the AU market vehicle and this one:
  • The amber markers in the front wheel arches
  • Side indicator repeater in side fender grill (not in the mirrors)
  • Side exit exhaust pipe
  • Centre high mount stop light in rear of cabin (not tailgate)
I highly doubt that we will get this length vehicle globally, it's here because the prototypes are built at the former Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne's northern suburbs.
I'll run either a soft topper or a cap so it will be disappointing if the US gets the high mount stop light instead of the tailgate mounted one, but I'm probably in the minority here with that opinion.
 

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I'll run either a soft topper or a cap so it will be disappointing if the US gets the high mount stop light instead of the tailgate mounted one, but I'm probably in the minority here with that opinion.
All hard caps/toppers/camper shells/whatever you want to call them that I know of come with an integrated third brake light anyways.
 

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All hard caps/toppers/camper shells/whatever you want to call them that I know of come with an integrated third brake light anyways.
The Softoppers don't come with a brake light, and I like the idea of being able to fold it up, and to also be able to take it off quickly to run without a top. This all becomes a pain if you rig up some aftermarket LED onto the Softopper as a third brake light, let alone cut through the top to run the wires. Plus with any cap, the more advanced the vehicle wiring systems get, the more chance you can cause electrical problems by teeing into existing wiring without using an appropriate wiring adapter kit. Just my thoughts, the tailgate mounted light resolves all of this for me, and I would install bed lighting anyway using a factory 12V connection, so don't need the cab mounted bed lights.
 

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If they do this with a PHEV, then I will be trading my 2019 for sure. The short bed crew cab was one concession I made with the Ranger.
 

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The Softoppers don't come with a brake light, and I like the idea of being able to fold it up, and to also be able to take it off quickly to run without a top. This all becomes a pain if you rig up some aftermarket LED onto the Softopper as a third brake light, let alone cut through the top to run the wires. Plus with any cap, the more advanced the vehicle wiring systems get, the more chance you can cause electrical problems by teeing into existing wiring without using an appropriate wiring adapter kit. Just my thoughts, the tailgate mounted light resolves all of this for me, and I would install bed lighting anyway using a factory 12V connection, so don't need the cab mounted bed lights.
i dont' think you're in the minority, i think a lot of buyers would prefer the tailgate brake light over the cab.
however, the Best Top 2 now comes with an integrated brake light option. Thats what i will probably look at.

i am really hop;ing for a PHEV version at launch as long as performance isn't hampered too much.
 
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