• May 12, 2009
Ford's recent strategy of combining all of its vehicles from around the world on a single set of platforms may finally bring a new Ranger small pickup truck to the United States once the current model loses its long-running lease on life after the 2011 model year. Spy shooters from the other side of the world have snapped off a series of photos of Ford engineers out testing what appears to be the Blue Oval's next-gen small truck platform in both right- and left-hand-drive configurations.
The new platform is apparently codenamed T6 and it is being developed in Australia. Here in the States, the next Ranger (if we get one) is likely to be offered with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine fortified with Ford's EcoBoost technology. Expect around 175 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque from the turbocharged and direct injected mill. Unfortunately, we're not likely to see Ford's 3.0-liter Duratorq TDCi four-cylinder turbodiesel engine in the U.S., though we'd love to have access to its 280 lb-ft of twist. Ah well, can't win 'em all.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Right size for a compact truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That hood is hideous. It looks like a vw rabbit based truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's just a mule. Don't expect that the production vehicle will look much like the mule.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here in Australia the Ranger diesel has a payload of 3,100lbs and can tow 6,600lbs. A Ford F150 5.4 Lariat is rated at 7,100lbs towing capacity here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As long as it doesn't LOOK like that
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great to see Ford has jumped onto the small truck must be HUGE bandwagon. I guess someone convinced them the reason the Ranger is not selling is because it is too small compared to the competition.

      My B2300 is a great size for a general run about and light hauling duty. While I'd like a little more tow capacity that is a statement about the drivetrain more so than vehicle ability. I think that if Ford had put a fraction of the engineering they have in the F150 into the Ranger it might not be such an also ran today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      170 horse would be fun, but good grief I'd trade one cylinder and 50hp for another 5 mpg. My old '86 2.0l ranger had about ~100hp, and it got the job done just fine...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the Ranger stick around, but if this is it, then spiritually it fills more of an F100 slot in the lineup, at least from a historical perspective. In my opinion "compact" pickups have become too large. If this is the new Ranger, then I'd like to see Ford bring back the Courier as a true compact. A cheap thrifty runabout with a small bed would make a great second vehicle for the casual do-it-yourselfer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Mazda badge on the front
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still don't understand why the current Mazda BT-50 and the Australian Ford Ranger were never brought here to the US. The current Ranger/B-Series truck is long outdated, and really wasn't that great of a truck to begin with.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For years, there were two major components of the Ranger:

        1. To upsell people desiring an offroader/light duty hauler/tower into an F-150.

        2. To sell to fleets, companies that couldn't afford a full-size truck for operations, and commuters for employees.

        Had Ford redesigned the Ranger it would have made both of those points obsolete. It would take sales away from the F-150, made less profit than the F-150 did, and the higher cost of development would have eliminated much of its allure for fleets and corporate upper-ups.

        Now that America's gotten the fuel crisis thing going on again, Ford realizes it has to build a new midsize/compact truck.

        The thing that this truck will have that the international Ranger didn't have is a really, really fuel-efficient engine. The current Ranger sold internationally weighs about the same as a Nissan Frontier, and had Ford imported it it would have had similar problems (too much weight for the base four to handle, for example, and mediocre fuel economy.) The new Ecoboost four will allow for big power and big mileage from the new Ranger, which will give it a real reason to exist.

        Note that no mention has been given of an engine bigger than the four. This truck's going to be designed for people who need good mileage out of their truck, not necessarily for hijinks.

        As for me, I like the concept. The only thing I'd like more is if Nissan actually updated their dinky four-banger on the Frontier and gave it around the same power as the Ranger Ecoboost will have. If Chevy can get 20 mpg and 190 hp out of the base Colorado four, I don't understand why Nissan can't find an engine for the Frontier that makes more than 160 hp.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And of course, when I say I wish Nissan could find a better engine for the Frontier, I mean aside from the nice four-liter V-6 the Frontier's got.
      Kyle B of ft.myers
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has anyone noticed this is actually the Mazda version of the truck? Just look at the grill its pretty obvious.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Kyle B of ft.myers
        Take it one step further! Look at the badge! It's indeed a Mazda Logo!

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Kyle B of ft.myers
        Ahh! I didn't read the off-site article!

        See what happens when you don't use due diligence..... Sea Urchin.... ;)

        (Just busting your flippers)
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about shoving a 3.5L regular and EcoBoost into the Ranger... then you would get something decent and an SVT variant? :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      A small pick-up with a diesel would be awesome for me. When is Mihandra coming?
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