• Oct 22, 2010
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We already know we're not getting the all-new 2011 Ford Ranger pickup truck, while the rest of the world is. Now word on the street internet is that FoMoCo is planning on spawning an SUV variant based off the new Ranger's compact truck platform. With the Explorer going the I'm-just-a-car-under-here crossover route, a full-on body-on-frame SUV would be a welcome addition to the Ford lineup.

According to Ward's Auto, the new Ranger, internally known as project T6, was designed from the get-go to support a seven- or eight-passenger sport utility vehicle. The Ranger's growth spurt is the primary reason we are not gaining the new pickup truck in our market. The long-wheelbase dual-cab Ranger is nearly five inches longer than a single-cab Ford F-150. The two trucks are now too close in size, says Ford, and the departing version is on the outs because its ancient underpinnings are having increasing amounts of trouble meeting regulations, among other things.



[Source: Ward's Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope they don't mess it up this time. The last time Ford tried to build an SUV out of the global Ranger, the world ended up with the awkward Endeavor: http://www.suvblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/ford-endeavour.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the Explorer now a unibody, there is a place for a BOF Bronco.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @JR All modern pickups sold in Australia, with the exception of newly released Amarok are diesels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bronco Return!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Ford's SUV strategy make sense to you? If so please help me out ...

      Edge - still around
      Escape - still around
      Expedition - still around
      Sport Trac - still around
      New Explorer - replaces Taurus X which replaced Freestyle
      Old Explorer - to be replaced by Ranger?
      Flex - to be gone?
      Excursion - gone
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Sport Trac is scheduled to stop being produced in December. The Flex is probably gone by MY2013. Below is my opinion of what the US will see in the future as far as true CUVs and SUVs

        Escape - Compact CUV
        Edge - Midsize CUV
        Explorer - Fullsize CUV
        Global Ranger based SUV - Midsize SUV
        Expedition - Fullsize SUV
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll help you out....SUVs, in general, don't make sense. They should scrap the whole lot of them. Stick to trucks and powerful wagons.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Simplecar, you have an incredibly narrow view of the world. Get out and live a little. See a few things. It might help you realize that not everyone has the same needs you do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wouldn't work where I live. The height of a body on frame SUV is almost needed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put a van on this frame like the Aerostar on the Ranger frame. Option it with 4wd. Make it fuel effecient. What are your options for a new mid-sized utility van? Lots of business owners still hanging onto their older Aerostars and Astros. When I talk to dealers they say their is a need for a mid-sized utility van. Pickups are fine, but a van you don't have to dig the snow out of the bed. Put a canopy on the pickup and now you have poor access.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The TC might be high-roofed, but it really isn't midsized. The Aerostar & Astro both offered significantly more interior volume. I used to carry a racing kart in my Aerostar behind the second row of seats, plus have room for tool boxes, spares, my cooler, etc. I've also hauled the KLR650 that I used to have in it. I even fit a complete twin bed - assembled - into the back of it once. With box spring, and it was a bed with an elevated platform & drawers underneath. You just can't do any of those things with a Transit Connect. Throw in the lack of AWD, and it just isn't comparable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Transit Connect takes care of that mid-size utility van market though without a 4x4 option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here is a shot of the New Ranger I took at the Sydney Motor Show . You can get an idea of height from this .
      http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/FordRangerHeight.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      F150 double cab is over 15 inches longer than double cab T6 Ranger.

      Current Ranger 4 cylinder is 37% more fuel efficient than the F150 V6 EcoBoost that Ford suggested is a suitable Ranger replacement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      get to the 70 ton talk already so we can get you ignorant people through this phase of ignorance as you realize the immense (not allowed to say as there is no freedom of speech here) of this vehicle
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Ford really need another SUV in their already bloated line up? Rather take the ranger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      usa,, gas with automatics sell, ;;;;diesels with manual transmissions don't, over in europe the reverse is true, most cars {not all} are diesels or manual transmissions
      • 4 Years Ago
      Many don't realize how we in the U.S. are getting short changed on many of Ford's better vehicles that are available in Australia and elsewhere. They've had a 4 door Ranger for years now, a V-8 Falcon which is also available as a car/truck variant called the Sport Ute ( like the old Ranchero), better interiors than we have, and performance engines that make ours look wimpy. Ford is a company born and bred here in the U.S., the American consumer built it into the giant that it is today, so it is only fitting the best products should be available here first. Why aren't they, Ford?
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