GM is bringing over their international version of the Colorado/Canyon, with a diesel, which is a direct competitor for the T6 Ranger.
More than likely, Ford will wait and see how that sells. If it sells well, they'll bring over the T6. If it flops, then there will be no reason for them to bring the Ranger over.
The Colorado comes next year, so that means I wouldn't expect a new Ranger until at least 2015 or beyond (if they decide to bring it over).
Most people don't want to hear it, but I think, as far as Ford is concerned, the replacement for the Ranger is the Transit Connect small van. The largest purchasers of Rangers were delivery companies and other small fleets/small businesses. That was a niche the Transit Connect took over quite readily.
The vehicle was engineered originally with the North American market in mind, and could easily be sold there. It passes all crash regulations, it was designed to accept the 3.7 v6 (which isn't currently fitted in any other markets), and the 3.5 Ecoboost could also fit (although I am not sure if cooling tests have been done for that engine). The 3.2 diesel also passes US emissions (although wasn't originally slated to be sold there)
The only reason it wasn't sold in the US originally was cost. It's a more expensive vehicle to produce than the previous Ranger - about what an F150 would cost, and its not much smaller now than an F150. With a US dollar that is getting stronger, it might make more sense to import them, or if they have lowered production costs make them in the states.
Personally I think there would have been a market for them at the higher cost, of all the small pickups I have driven, it is far and away the best.
I was in Brazil last month, I took these pictures of a 2014 Ford Ranger displayed in a shopping center , it is 4x2
2.5L flex fuel engine 6sp manual transmission.
They do offer it on an extended cab, 4x4 automatic with a V6 as well. They also have it with a 3.2 Diesel engine.
BELOW YOU CAN SEE AN ANIMATION OF ITS 5 CYLINDER DIESEL ENGINE.
They discontinued the Ranger. Not sure why they would suddenly want to bring it back, but who knows what Fords planning...
They would want to bring it back with a small diesel because it will help raise Ford's corporate CAFE standards which are set to kick into high gear in 2015 (I think)...
Despite all of Ford's PR about the great mileage of their Eco Boost family of engines they cannot compare to the mileage of diesels... I rented a focus diesel wagon in Europe this summer and it was getting over 40 MPG (when converted to us specs) while being loaded with 4 adults and a variety of roads.
So if we could get a diesel Ranger with a 2.2L diesel it should be able to get mid 30's combined mileage and would make me trade my current Ranger in a heart beat.
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