Tuesday, November 10, 2009

US Will be Denied Next Generation “Global” Ford Ranger

Ford announced this week that the US will not get a version of the next generation Ranger compact pickup. Reaffirming our last post that domestic truck manufacturers effectively don’t believe there is demand for compact diesel pickups in the United States.

A real shame, as the Australian-developed ‘T6’ Ranger appeared to be a great package for stateside compact truck buyers. As reported by PickupTrucks.com back in May, the 2012 Ranger might’ve been powered by Ford’s 175 HP, 1.6 liter, direct injection, EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine.

On the up side, rumors are circulating that a mid-sized Ford F-100 pickup with a width similar to that of the current F-150, but with a significantly shorter wheelbase may become the current Ranger replacement.

Powertrain options galore may be speculated upon if the F-100 were to come to fruition. However, we feel it would be a shame if they didn’t offer at least one diesel option.

For further reading on the F-100, also check out these TruckTrend.com articles: Here

Via: All Cars All the Time and PickupTrucks.com
Rendering: F-100 by Mark Stehrenberger and Lifted from PickupTrucks.com

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