• Jun 5, 2009
Ford Ranger mule – Click above for high-res image gallery of spy shots

As we've previously reported, Ford engineers in Australia are hard at work on the next-generation Ranger pickup, reportedly codenamed T6. While the Ranger name is used on various Ford pickups sold around the world that are different from our long-in-the-tooth U.S. model, word has it that Ford may be leveraging this new global pickup platform to replace the latter truck here in the States when it goes away after the 2011 model year. These new spy shots lend some serious credence to those rumors, as this Ranger mule wasn't snapped in Australia... it was caught in Dearborn, MI near the headquarters of Ford Motor Company.

Never mind the Mazda-looking front end, which likely just hides the bones of this next-gen global Ranger. And while details are scare, talk of a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 175 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque refuses to go away. Check out the rest of the high-res spy shots in our gallery below and let us know if a new, more economical Ranger is just what the doctor for Ford in the States.



[Photos: KGP Photography]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This one is long overdue for the US market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So I wonder if the F-100 idea has been shelved? I wonder if Mazda will get a version of this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Depends on how close Ford is to losing their best still vehicle title. If is gets close, be sure that Ford will add yet another vehicle to the F- list.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would be alot more interested if it had a good 4-cylinder diesel and a good 5 or 6 speed manual.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you on that one. Diesel, damn it, diesel!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That would be awesome, a good manual transmission and a small inline diesel engine. Give it true 4x4 at a reasonable price and it would make for an awesome little truck.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are they even bothering?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Why not?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Maybe they're bothering because the Ranger is one of the best selling compact pickups (even though it is like 10 years into production). Also considering how it is the most fuel efficent truck, Ford can work with that to get some buyers and improve their CAFE rating.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Gee I dunno? For folks that still need to haul things, but don't need a huge payload/tow rating. You know that's actually fuel efficient.

        The ignorance around here can be amusing at times.
      Joe aka BigFordFan
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm hoping that this new T6 will make it to the US. After all these years of blogging and complaining how Ford has let our Ranger wither, it will be nice to have a competative Ranger!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Count me in for a new Ranger. My family has owned two (a '92 and a '97) that both went well over 200K miles. Both were four-cylinder, five-speed models, yet they never felt overstressed even with a full load. And when nothing else would start in bitterly cold weather, the Rangers always did.

      Hopefully Ford will keep the longbed option around; they're the only maker still dealing in that market with the under-full-sized trucks, which a lot of people in my part of the country like because they can haul more without resorting to dropping the 'gate and adding one of those ridiculous "bed extenders."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen, JN, about the longbed. That's why I want one (current gen that is).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, I saw three of these running down Pelham (in Dearborn) over a month ago. They seemed pretty cool but for some reason they didn't sound like diesels.

      Sadly I didn't have a camera plus I was working or I would have snapped pictures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current Thai built Australian Ranger has a payload of slightly over 3000lbs. with a 3 Litre diesel So we are interested what the new Ranger can achieve.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that is one ugly donkey!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is with the ugly tray?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There gonna scare that doctor away cause he didnt order !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully it keeps the same size and proportions as the current Ranger, which is the best looking non-full size pickup imo. It's hard to say with mule pics like that but I'll wait it out before complaining.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When Ford CEO Alan Mullally said Ford would offer a full line of small/medium/large - cars/utilities/trucks - fill in the gaps. This is the small truck named F100 (Ranger will be a special edition) so Ford can add-up all truck sales under the "F-Series" brand. No diesel, too expensive for this segment, but EcoBoost is a sure bet. Ford also needs this to meet CAFE rqmts for trucks.
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