• Mar 18, 2011
2012 Ford Ranger Wildtrak - Click above to watch video after the jump

If you just managed to get over the news that the new global Ford Ranger isn't coming to the States, you might want to look away. Ford has just dropped a new promotional video for the Ranger Wildtrak, and the clip has us licking our chops for the forbidden fruit of the FoMoCo realm all over again. Along with a sporty appearance, seating for the whole gang and plenty of off-road ability, the Ranger Wildtrak brings diesel power to the party. Buyers in nearly every corner of the globe but our own can have the mid-sized truck with their choice of one of two torque-tastic diesel engines.

Those include either a 2.2-liter four-cylinder or the 3.8-liter inline five-pot featured in the video. This particular mill delivers a whopping 347 pound-feet of twist and can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. If that sounds like light-truck perfection to you, welcome to the club. Hit the jump to check out the flick for yourself.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Ford via Carplace]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      If Ford offered this in the United States (with the diesel and manual transmission) this would be the first Ford product I'd ever buy.

      Unfortunately, Ford seems to think Americans only want oversized, inefficient trucks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Ford:

      I miss my old (1992) F-150 (short box, 5 speed on the floor, 4x4, 5.0). It was the perfect size, fun to drive, good looking, and very practical. Had you offered something like this at the time I was buying my Subaru Outback 3.6R, I would have seriously considered it. The new F-150 is just too big, heavy, expensive, and inefficient for me. So the product cannibalism argument doesn't entirely work (at least in my case).

      Also, while I would love to see a diesel option like most people on this forum, an ecoboost 4 cylinder with a manual transmission would be awesome. If you don't offer diesel, at least do that and you'd have yourself a major win.

      BTW, I grew up in Michigan, and I want the American auto industry to succeed. Ford in particular impressed me with their ability to weather the economic meltdown without a bailout. I bought (another) Japanese car because Ford didn't make anything that fit my needs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would be in the market for this if it was offered, the F-150 is just to big and the option for a smaller 4 door, 5 passenger pickup that isn't a Toyota, Nissan, or Isuzu(Chevy & GMC) is appealing to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford needs to view this new Ranger as a cash cow versus their attitude toward the present Ranger here in the States. The new Ranger is very stylish and looks very good dressed up. People will spend money on their Ranger if it is considered very hip in looks and performance. Offer the new Ranger in only the extended cab or 4-door versions with the 4-cyl ecoboost for good horsepower and mpg. Gas is only going to get more expensive, and Ford will move a lot of these. They could even put the 300 hp V6 in there for a performance version. Ford don't look at it as cannibalizing F-150 sales, but look at it as a bigger money-maker than the bigger truck. Ford you must believe in yourself and have the confidence you can compete and beat Toyota in any segment.
      piersady
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is Ford continuing the current Ranger? If not, this creates a large hole in their model line up. This will hurt them in the show room. They would lose some F150 owners to this vehicle. My last two new cars werre an F150 and a Ranger. I still have both. The F150 is too big and the Ranger is too small. I would trade both for something in between. There is a lot of truth to the comment about the Tacoma.

      It took years for Ford to finally decide to bring the Euro version of the Focus here. At least we have that, along with the C-max and Escape variants. Hopefully the current position on the new Ranger will be reconsidered. They need to start moving with small diesel options as well. I can't imaging a sweeter combo than the 5 cyl, 6 speed in this new rig. Fuel economy, durability, towing capacity all in one package. Nice, very nice.
        TBA
        • 3 Years Ago
        @piersady
        They're not selling this in the US.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can always go to Tijuana, get drunk, go over to the Ford dealer buy a Ranger, sleep it off and drive it home the next day.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good luck getting a 2 ton pickup across the border without getting caught. :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it weird that I'd rather have this than the Raptor?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not weird. I like the Raptor. It is kick ass. However I have no need for one.

        This Ranger however, would fit my needs quite nicely.

        A week or two ago, GM showed hints at the replacement for the Colorado. They also hinted that it will be selling in the US. I'm a Ford guy but if Chevy brings it, I'll at least give it serious consideration.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not weird at. The practical part of me would take this over a Raptor as well. Not that I don't love the Raptor, it's just that $5/gallon gas prices to feed it would hurt badly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul,

        One again, not at all! I want BOTH but I know I don't need a Raptor, I just want one, I also know I don't really have anywhere that I'd use a Raptor because I'd be so freaking worried about scratching it!

        I'd like to own a Ranger too because A: It's bigger than the current ranger B: It's smaller than the F150, C: It looks awesome!

        If Ford is worried about F150 sales being cannibalized, then call it an F150 Ranger for God's sake! Then it won't matter and we're all happy! Just make the F150 part of the logo really really small so that all of us 'on-the-know' will be happier!

      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish it was a just a little more truck-like in its looks, but it's not bad.
      Fredd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow!!! First time I am glad not to live in the US...This is a Monster Car, I´m sorry for you Americans.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that's the best looking pickup truck I've seen in a long time. With fuel prices going up, I too think that this would be perfect here in the USA. And yeah, I too would rather have this than a Raptor.
      Martin Whitfield
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great looking truck im looking forward to testing driving one and i imagine this is what i will be buying, sound great from the write ups, http://www.trucktopsuk.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      To bad the video did not show if there is any storage behind or under the rear seat or what the bed looked like. That is more important to me then looks. I would take that silly thing off the bed and put a topper/camper shell on when I haul all my hunting and fishing gear.
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