TRUCKED UP Ford Shows Off New Ranger and You Can’t Have It!

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Who doesn’t love the Ford Ranger? If you’re reading this article right now, you probably are a fan of Ford’s midsize truck offering.

Modernized with the latest Ford technology, the new Ranger is surely to be a popular seller around the globe. Except the United States. No, we still can’t have it.

New Ford Ranger 2_Front 3qtr

The global-minus-U.S. Ranger gets its power from either a gasoline or diesel engine. If you want the most hauling, you want the Duratorq 5-cylinder with 147 kW and 470 Nm (197 hp and 347 lb-ft).

New Ford Ranger 3_Rear 3qtr

Ford also has a 2.2L diesel available, along with a 2.3L petrol engine. All of the engine offerings on the new Ford Ranger feature Start / Stop technology.

When we sampled Ford’s latest offering on the 2.7L EcoBoost in the 2015 F-150, we were happy with the system.

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Ford is including Sync 2 (that’s MyFord Touch to us) for the first time in the Ranger, and advanced features like lane keep assist and radar cruise control are available.

New Ford Ranger 5_interior driver

Ford has ditched the hydraulic power steering for an electrical unit, which they claim is more efficient. Four wheel drive is still available, along with a low-range transfer case and an electronic locking rear differential.

New Ford Ranger 8_TFT cluster

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but it’ll vary depending on the market its in. Just remember, you won’t see it priced in U.S. dollars because Ford is denying us the Ranger forbidden fruit yet again.

Let us know what you think by sounding off in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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