• May 28, 2010
Ford T6 Ranger spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The fate of small pickup trucks in America is rather shaky. There haven't been any major new entries into the segment as of late (save the Suzuki Equator, of course, even though it's not much more than a rebadged Nissan Frontier). And though we've spied Ford Ranger prototypes testing abroad, it doesn't necessarily mean that a new model is slated for U.S. consumption. Small trucks do well in other markets, and the trucklets seem to be a dying trend here in the States.

Today, though, our spies have not only caught a new Ranger mule (above), but a small GM pickup (right) – the replacement for the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins. Both mules look a bit larger than the models currently on the road, though still more manageable than the top-dog F-150 and Silverado.

Still, though, it's unclear what the future has in store for these new trucks. The fact that Ford and GM are testing these new mini-pickups in and around their respective headquarters in southeast Michigan leads us to believe that there may, in fact, be U.S.-spec replacements in the works. Ford has often spoke of a smaller F-100-style F-150 to replace the Ranger, and reports have shown that GM is working on a new truck to hopefully rekindle the success that the original Chevy S10 and GMC Sonoma had.





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      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they release a plug-in hybrid small pickup truck
      Toy
      • 4 Years Ago
      These trucks are ugly!!!!!! I've owned a Ranger a long time but not anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Rev It up

        Thats the current Ranger built in Thailand (sold in South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Europe etc), its not the all-new Ranger.
        I've sat in one of those and it is really small and narrow inside. Its a good thing the all-new T6 Ranger will grow a bit bigger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't hyundai talkin about buildin a big pickup? They should build a small one instead. What was that indian pickup that's supposed to come out here??
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mahindra is still coming, supposedly in months (though it has been that for years).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just want something the size of the old S10 extended cab, or current Ranger, but with the 4x4 capabilities of a Jeep Wrangler, and nice 4cylinder TDI, making 25mpg with good power, all for 18k optioned up. Is that hard to ask?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your right everyone who says it should stay the same size, but why cany I get a 4 door Ranger. With a yound child, i cant get a car seat into the back of an extended cab. This leads me to look at the midsizes which if you havent priced them lately run around or above what I can get a full size four door for. Insane. Offer me a four door pickup with a four cyl and I will be all over it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ford Ranger is the right size. They need to keep the current generation size and put a small diesel in it. Price it at 10K base. That's what a small pickup should be: a cheap, workhorse. Case closed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 on the diesel, but good luck making a vehicle to pass US diesel emissions and safety requirements for $10k...although if they got rid of the tv/nav screen...;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        These things really need a 4cyl turbodiesel. Design it for small truck and midsize auto application, deliver it in the trucks first to allow the consumers warm up to them, then drop the diesels into the mid-size (and compact) auto stablemates.

        I am shocked (and annoyed) that this hasn't already happened. Diesel FTW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @purplewon

        You said it, not me. However, I agree...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having owned a 2004 Ranger and being a current owner of a 2009 Ranger I say keep it close to the same size! A little wider is understandable, but PLEASE... not longer or a tall behemoth. The only reasons I say wider are because of the side airbags and im sure side impact regs that are still a weak spot for the current model.

      Give it a simple 4 banger and the 3.5L as well with good milage. Don't make it a pig!! It does NOT need to be a Tacoma. It needs to be a Ranger.

      Also, I know they want an F100 nameplate to keep the F-Series sales tally up high. Ok fine, I can live with that but please keep the Ranger nameplate around as well as a submodel. "F100 Ranger" sounds better than "Ranger XLT" to me and Ranger was a submodel when it started anyway. F250 Ranger... ahh... sexy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah purplewon, i think if they just added a bunch of buttons and knobs all over the dash to control everything, it'd be perfect...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder why Toyota doesn't sell, in US, her excellent Hilux truck. Idon't think it would hurt the sale of Tacom that much cause Hilux is smaller.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL, but in reality it's her only cause in my maternal, and in almost all other Slavic language sToyota is a "female" noun cause it ends with a vowel A
        • 4 Years Ago
        The two are virtually the same size. Heck, the even share the same base four cylinder and V-6 engines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree that the current Ranger size is just right - the only part I dislike is that in order to get a 4-door model, you had to go with that 'sport-trac' thing, which was a waste of time as a pickup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, I always wished they would have made a proper 4-door Ranger instead of that damned ugly Sport-Trac.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To meet the upcoming new CAFE rules, I think both Ford and GM absolutely need to have a new small pickup in their lineup. They are no way going to pass without a small truck.

      Ford has a small-ish pickup in other markets, so I am surprised they don't bring a version of that over here. The Ford one actually looks pretty darn big on those spyshots... almost as big as the old F150 was back in the 80s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM should take the vehicle currently sold in Australia as the Holden Colorado (rebadged Isuzu or something I think) and sell it in the USA. Put a 4cyl turbo diesel in it and it will sell like hotcakes (not to mention the good things it could do to GMs "light truck" CAFE numbers)

        Other makers have similar great pickups in the Aussie market.
        Mitsubishi has the Triton
        Toyota has the Hilux
        Nissan has the Navara
        Mazda has the BT50
        Ford has whatever version of the Ranger they sell here.
        And a chinese company called Great Wall has started selling a similar vehicle.

        Many of these models have options like 4 wheel drive and diesel engines.

        All are fairly small (compared to the size of a Ford F-150 or a Chevrolet Silverado anyway) and all would be perfect for those who need a truck to carry things in but dont need something so big, heavy and gas guzzling. People like handymen, bricklayers, various kinds of tradespeople etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The one spy shot says it all size wise there the one with the ranger/F-100 running along with a full size GM beside it and there was hardly differance. Good luck trying to sell a mid-size truck as a small one Ford. I am just saying the people who currently buy the current Ranger want a small truck, with good MPG, and many current owners (one of my best friends included) want to buy a new one with a better powertrain ala small turbo diesel or a ecoboost motor. Just saying Ford WAKE up and throw the other manufactures a curve-ball and release a Ranger/F-100 with in a couple inches of the current model!
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