• Feb 23rd 2010 at 3:58PM
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Ford Ranger spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford has done a lot of work over the past few years to really improve its F-Series line of pickups, in both standard F-150 and Super Duty forms. And while the Blue Oval's "Built Ford Tough" motto stands true to the latest and greatest versions of these pickups, the smaller Ranger has been greatly overlooked over the past decade.

These most recent spy shots show Ford's new Ranger, but don't get too excited. Despite the long-in-the-tooth truck's aging underpinnings and FoMoCo's push to standardize platforms with it's "One Ford" initiative, the all-new Ranger most likely won't make it to the States (despite our best hopes).

Our spies indicate that this new Ranger will be slightly larger than the version currently on sale in other markets, but that it's actually somewhat smaller than the truck currently sitting at U.S. dealerships. We think that may be a visual trick of the camouflage and the four-door configuration, however, as this vehicle is expected to be larger than the current North American model, as it will go on duty in countries where Ford doesn't offer the F-150. Still, should the Blue Oval perform an about-face and bring the truck to America, we don't think this would hinder Ford's overall sales too much, and this much-needed overhaul would make the model better positioned to compete with the likes of the Toyota Tacoma, as well as the Nissan Frontier/Suzuki Equator twins in markets abroad.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      In Australia the Ranger is a 3 Litre Diesel , with a 2500-3000lb payload and 6,600lb towing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Equator was cancelled months ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will crush the Mahindra truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope that camo comes as an accessory option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sure hope we get the new Ranger. The current Ranger was outdated 10 years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see on what basis AutoBlog claims that the T6 pickup is coming to the US.

      Ford has strongly hinted many times over that it won't be sold here.

      Ford has said there's not a good business case to be made for it and is looking at a 6 cyl. version of the F-150 as the Ranger replacement instead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your likely right, but it doesn't make that decision any less stupid. I don't care if they can get a F150 to get 30mpg its just too flippin BIG. Heck I'd prefer this if it was a little smaller than the current ranger but it better come with a longer bed in the standard/extended cab versions as those five foot things are nearly useless, just get one of those explorer things if you want four doors!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm going to have to wait until the camo comes off to pass judgement. Right now I don't like this. It sits up too high particularly in the back. I want a extended cab instead of this dual cab. I wish they'd bring back the stepside bed. If the Ford doesn't look good I may go to VW if they bring their pickup over. It looks nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I looked at a Ranger at my Ford dealer. The sticker was $27000 with a 16-19 MPG rating.
      Why buy one over a F150?

      Ford needs to build a low cost compact truck with gas mileage for God sake!

      The old Rangers of the 80s could be had with a 4 cylinder engine, 4X4 and manual tranny with a 20+ mpg rating.

      Time to update the Ranger and strip it down to a real truck again. Chevy fans wish they still had the S10, I agree.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would buy the existing Ranger if it came in a 4-door with 4X4 and better then 20mpg which is 2 mpg better then what the Ranger epa is now. I know 2 guys with 4X4 extended cabs that get 17 on the highway. I do not need a full size truck nor do I have room for it. This looks like just the thing I need with either the eco-4 or a diesel would be great. If Ford does not decide to briing this stateside I will probably just buy another Toyota or Colorado, at least I would have 4-doors but no better gas mileage then I do now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford really needs to bring this truck to the U.S. market, it is unwise to exit the compact/midsize truck segment entirely. I wonder if anyone at Ford reads autoblog comments...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are Nissan Frontier/ Suzuki Equator available abroad???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Already dreaming of this having a twin-turbo 3.7L V6 and good off-road capabilities. If so it's definitely my next vehicle no matter the price, even if I had to sell my liver it would be worth it.
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