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Photo's are so dark it's hard to see any detail... lightened them up a bit.

Weirdness going on at the front fender -to- door interface...
I'm guessing that is similar to what the new look is for the F-Series (or maybe it is just the Super Duties)
 

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I'm not in the know but just reading and guessing. The main reason for building the Ranger and Bronco at the same place would be sharing platforms and parts for cost savings. From what I've read the Bronco is an all new platform and total vehicle. The current Ranger is like nine years old. I'm guessing the Bronco and 6G Ranger concept has been in the works for many years. This could mean they built a production line to build the Australian Ranger in North America just to get it on the market, why not it's been proven in Australia. They had to hurry and bring it over and get it selling to help return sales from all the cars they quit making and selling. With the next generation Ranger in the works it only makes since they share the same platform. The Bronco Truck and Ranger would be as simple as different cab and bed. Minimal Cost and effort to change. It could virtually run down the same assembly line, cutting cost. Looking at how few Jeep Gladiators are selling that would be optimum in cost savings. I think after the Broncos get caught up the new Ranger will come out with the same platform and engine choices and the ranger will become an off-road beast as well. Just my opinion.
 

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I'm not in the know but just reading and guessing. The main reason for building the Ranger and Bronco at the same place would be sharing platforms and parts for cost savings. From what I've read the Bronco is an all new platform and total vehicle. The current Ranger is like nine years old. I'm guessing the Bronco and 6G Ranger concept has been in the works for many years. This could mean they built a production line to build the Australian Ranger in North America just to get it on the market, why not it's been proven in Australia. They had to hurry and bring it over and get it selling to help return sales from all the cars they quit making and selling. With the next generation Ranger in the works it only makes since they share the same platform. The Bronco Truck and Ranger would be as simple as different cab and bed. Minimal Cost and effort to change. It could virtually run down the same assembly line, cutting cost. Looking at how few Jeep Gladiators are selling that would be optimum in cost savings. I think after the Broncos get caught up the new Ranger will come out with the same platform and engine choices and the ranger will become an off-road beast as well. Just my opinion.
The 5G (current) Ranger was designed and debuted in Australia, and produced globally except North America. When Ford made the decision to end vehicle production in Australia (GM & Toyota did as well), stamping and assembly tooling was shipped to the US, and adapted for left hand drive, US emissions and crash standards. As the 2.3l EcoBoost was already EPA certified, that became the only engine offered here. Ford now sources Australian Rangers from Thailand, The Bronco rides on two different frame variations, the Ranger on another. Modifications to the existing frame include accommodating the 2,7L V6, but I doubt the 6G Ranger frame is a total clean sheet design.
 

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The 5G (current) Ranger was designed and debuted in Australia, and produced globally except North America. When Ford made the decision to end vehicle production in Australia (GM & Toyota did as well), stamping and assembly tooling was shipped to the US, and adapted for left hand drive, US emissions and crash standards. As the 2.3l EcoBoost was already EPA certified, that became the only engine offered here. Ford now sources Australian Rangers from Thailand, The Bronco rides on two different frame variations, the Ranger on another. Modifications to the existing frame include accommodating the 2,7L V6, but I doubt the 6G Ranger frame is a total clean sheet design.
If all the2021 Ranger is doing is accommodating for the 2.7l then I personally think another change isn't far behind. I think eventually it and the Bronco end up with same or very similar frame before long for cost savings. I think these two vehicles being built at the same place isn't coincidence. I'm betting this new 6G design has had the Bronco frame in mind and design for a long time. It would be cool to see if the Ranger ends up with the manual transmission to go with the 2.3l. I think the manual 7 speed is going too need to be in more vehicles than the few that opt for it in the Bronco in order to stay around and be cost effective to produce. One thing for sure, the future for the Ranger looks pretty awesome.
 

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If all the2021 Ranger is doing is accommodating for the 2.7l then I personally think another change isn't far behind. I think eventually it and the Bronco end up with same or very similar frame before long for cost savings. I think these two vehicles being built at the same place isn't coincidence. I'm betting this new 6G design has had the Bronco frame in mind and design for a long time. It would be cool to see if the Ranger ends up with the manual transmission to go with the 2.3l. I think the manual 7 speed is going too need to be in more vehicles than the few that opt for it in the Bronco in order to stay around and be cost effective to produce. One thing for sure, the future for the Ranger looks pretty awesome.
The 2.7L is not destined for the 5G 2021 0or 2022 Ranger as of this posting, but likely available for the 6G for 2023. I stand by what I said in post #93. You can click on that post and be directed to the article.
 

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