New photos of left-hand-drive future Ford Ranger mules reveal a bit more about Ford's next-generation global small truck. The single and double cab versions seen in these photos appear to share a common wheelbase, though the lumpy sheet metal they wear is strictly a placeholder for the future body-on-frame cab and cargo box we've yet to see. Overall, the new Ranger, expected by 2012, appears a bit larger than the current Ranger sold in the U.S., which isn't available in a four-door crew cab configuration.
The new pickup likely means all Ford Ranger models will be built on a single global platform, code-named T6, that's being designed in Australia. The current U.S.-built and overseas Ford Ranger models share only their names.
An industry source says the T6 Ranger for the U.S. will likely be powered by a new 1.6-liter, four-cylinder direct-injection, turbocharged EcoBoost engine producing at least 175 horsepower and 180 pounds-feet of torque.
P.S. For our good friends at Truck Trend, the black mule pictured above is this mystery truck. And the reason it's riding so low is that there's steel ballast in the bed to simulate a heavy payload.