• Jun 2nd 2009 at 8:31AM
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As previously reported, Ford's Australian arm is currently developing a new global small truck platform that will underpin the next Ford Ranger here in the United States. Codenamed T6, the truck is likely to be offered in both standard and extended cab configurations and offer various gas and diesel powerplants depending on the country it's sold in.
An eagle-eyed spy shooter in Australia managed to snap off a series of photos of the T6 Ranger out and about in the land of Oz being tested in predictably camouflaged form. Although it may look like a mangled Mazda BT-50, those body panels have only been fitted to mask the pickup's true identity. Previous reports suggest that a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder powerplant with roughly 175 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque will be offered here in the States. Assuming the new truck does in fact make the trip to America, expect it to show up in 2012.

[Source: CarAdvice.com.au]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Aside from the US, doesn't the rest of the world share the same Ranger? I mean, how is this different from the Thai-DM Ranger we saw a while ago?
      Anyway, I really want to see a competitive compact truck like the non-USDM Ranger in the US!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Ford doesn't bother to offer a turbodiesel option here in the United States, then I won't even consider this truck.

      And to answer a previous responders question about whether I would pay a $4000-$5000 premium for the diesel option: HELL YES!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why do Ford and GM create specific cars for different regions instead of current models engineered for specific regions?
        • 6 Years Ago
        correct. every car company does this. market research has historically proven asian markets, australians, europeans and americans approve and disapprove of certain styling, powertrains and even suspension setups. A nightmare for auto design teams.
        however, the 2012 ranger is being developed as another truly global vehicle with the aussies taking the lead. it's pretty much what we'll be getting here stateside.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most companies cater to different markets. For example, the Accord is not the same in the United States and Japan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My money goes to the first company that brings a small diesel powered truck to the states, be it Ford, Toyota, or even Mihandra. I don't need an F-150 or anythign that size. I'm just carting around motocross bikes, mulch, little lumber. You know, dad stuff.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm the same. I have an 08 2.3l 5" lifted Ranger w/ a 4.56 gear ratio. It does everything I need! I pull my jetski, haul dirt, transport crap, use it for camping, tote my ATV.. and I *AVG* 25 mpg. Never got lower than 23 and got 28 a few times.

        I'd love my next Ranger to be quad-cab 4x4 with a 4 cyl diesel so I can pull a boat and have all the power and capability I'll personally ever need.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Here's the problem: Diesel engine is a very expensive premium $4K-$5K - would you pay that? Probably not... Instead, what about an F150 with a 2.5L I4 EcoBoost making 280-300Hp and torque, plus it gets 25+ mpg for less than a $1K premium.

        Which would you buy? Probably the larger F150 because you get "more truck" for nearly the same (or less) money... and gas is usually cheaper than diesel too!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting-- and the Ranger seriously needs to be updated-- but I still say there's a market need for a true compact (subcompact?) pickup truck. Everyone's "small" pickup has put on serious size and weight over the years. I'd like to see Ford bring back the Courier. A small, budget-priced, lightweight, RWD pickup would sell well to small business owners in the construction field (and others). Offer only 4-cylinder engines, make certain the base transmission is a manual, and don't weigh the thing down with too many options. I'd prefer such a vehicle over a car just as a daily runabout.
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