• Jun 2nd 2008 at 2:57PM
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We've already heard that Ford is developing a new, smaller pickup truck based on the F-150 that will be powered by four-cylinder and turbocharged V6 engines. Referred to as the F-100 and known internally as P525, the mid-size pickup is slated to go on sale in 2010 or 2011. At the time, we questioned what would happen to the compact Ranger pickup that hasn't been redesigned for over a decade. Motor Trend is now reporting that Ford is may replace the current Ranger sold in the U.S. with the replacement for its global Ranger pickup sold elsewhere in the world. Codenamed T6, the global Ranger replacement is reportedly being developed by Ford Australia, and while the current model is produced in Thailand (shown above), import taxes could force Ford to produce the U.S. version in another country like South Africa or Australia. The current U.S. Ranger pickup, meanwhile, will end production next year and the plant at which it's made will close, which means we'll probably go without the segment's smallest, most fuel-efficient pickup for a year or two until the global Ranger arrives. That's a big mistake in our eyes, since demand for fuel-efficient yet capable work horse vehicles will only increase in the coming years. Ford could keep producing the current Ranger and spice it up with an Ecoboost engine to keep buyers interested until its replacement arrives, but it's probably too late for that now.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I have said all along that Ford needed to bring out a revamped 'Small' Truck; you think Ford would not like to take over that Sales Spot from the 'Yota Taco? Make it good and they could sell 150K/ year, easy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So we're talking about the Super Duty, the F-150, the F-100, and a Ranger replacement? Sounds like a bit of overkill. Here's how I would lay out Ford's truck lineup, as well as cars, Lincoln, and Mercury: http://tinyurl.com/6lecx3. Ranger, F-150, Super Duty. Proper mix of powertrains, and you should be able to cover the spectrum of needs adequately and competitively.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I say;

        unibody Ranger~3000lbs


        Superduty everything +5000bls

        There is no need for multiple full-size pickups. The current F-150 is a behemoth. 1 full size will do for the utility/contractor/farmer types. A small ute and a mid-size pickup will fill out the range.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thai bulit Ranger comes with
      - 2.5 liters TDCi Duratorq Common rail diesel, 143 Hp, 330 N.m and fuel economy is 18 km/l
      - 3.0 liters, 156 Hp, 380 N.m, 15 km/l

      best in the class.

      if anybody need more information (spec & pic), just email me (passion.ranger@gmail.com). I am Thai and I've owned a ranger.
      • 7 Years Ago
      *Obviously* (So much so, I can't believe I'm typing this...

      Ford is coming out with an F-100, in name, so that they can keep up numbers for the F-series pick-ups. (Remember, they're the ones that have been the best selling VEHICLE on the planet for the past 20 years) They will surely see a significant drop in sales as the price of gas climbs further, so they are expanding the line up of "F" trucks to keep the numbers and bragging rights.

      I am not opposed to this, and think that a smaller truck makes sense, in fact, I think they would be a market for a really compact truck along the lines of the VW Rabbit/truck or the Dodge Rampage. Not stump-pulling, airstream hauling, but mulch from Home Depot, and dirty "toy" hauling (bikes, etc)
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it looks better than the 2009 F-150 monstrosity, I'll take one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The current US ranger dose need a major overhaul.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will retire soon and will buy a new vehicle. I have a Ranger and would buy another if they still made them. If Ford comes out with an F-100, similar to the Ranger, I will but it. Otherwise, I will but a Nissan Frontier.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring back the Electric Ranger they tried 10 years ago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So Ford will have the F-150, Super Duty, F-100 and Ranger? I remember in '98 or '99 (whichever it was) when the Super Duty was first introduced I thought it was over-kill. But a forth truck is really pushing it, in my opinion.

      If they want to introduce an F-100 I'd be all for it but my suggestion would be to dump the Super Duty line and make F-150 SD ala the Silverado/Sierra HDs. No need to have a completely different truck. The line-up would be the Ranger, unchanged size wise, the F-100 sized in between a Colorado and Dakota, and the F-150 sized as is.

      But then I'm not a contractor or farmer or anyone else who would need a truck Super Duty size. Does the Super Duty really have any advantages over the F-150 except engines/drive trains, bed width and a dually option?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just as I suspected. Having the F-150/250/350/etc. all the same body style worked pre-'99 I don't see why it wouldn't work now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I had to sell my Mazda B2300 when my wife got pregnant but it was a good little truck w/27-28mpg.

      Admittedly though, I can put nearly as much in my Protege5 wagon (8- 2x12x12s on one trip and 11-80lb bags of cement on the other).

      Still moved and stopped just fine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The F100 is a good idea but not sure how I feel about a four banger. The V6 in the Fusion would work fine in a smaller truck. Funny thing is that the current Dakota is the size of Dodges old full size trucks. Why do they need to be so damn big? I just got rid of my Ram and grabbed a Magunum with a HEMI. In my opinion the wagon is way under rated for its versatility for a family. The only thing I put in the bed of my truck was my mountain bike and I helped people move.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They need to be so big so they can survive being crashed into brick walls at 40 mph. And they're big in all the wrong ways.

        The Dakota has porked up heavier than a fullsize used to be - but it still can't sit people three across, or fit plywood between the wheels.

        Or stand on the hood without denting it, or hit a deer without crumpling in the front end, or drive through a packed snow drift without tearing the chin fascia off, or any of the other things a truck used to be able to do.

        Thank the feline vote.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does this look very much like the last gen Nissan Frontier without its fender flares?
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