First Look: All-New 2011 Ford Ranger "T6" Global Pickup Truck

First Look: All-New 2011 Ford Ranger
By Sue Mead for PickupTrucks.com

Ford unveiled its all-new global 2011 Ford Ranger "T6" Friday at the Australian International Auto Show in Sydney. A global team based in Australia developed the midsize pickup that replaces two regional Ranger platforms currently used by Ford.

An early reveal of a Ranger Double Cab XLT 4x4 was held Oct.13 at Cockatoo Island, in the Sydney Harbor, for the automotive press.

The Ranger sports "Ford Truck Tough" styling cues that include Ford’s iconic three-bar horizontal grille and wide nostrils, but the new Ranger is more fluid and aerodynamic than the blunt-shaped design of the current U.S. F-150 light-duty and Super Duty heavy-duty trucks.

Global Small Truck Market

Ford says the Ranger is the most capable small pickup it has ever built. The completely redesigned rig will go on sale next year in 188 countries. In Australia, it will be sold alongside the lighter Falcon Ute car-based truck. The new Ranger will not be sold in the U.S. or Canada.

Ford’s compact pickup, known as a “Kangaroo Chaser” during its early Australian heritage, dates back to Henry Ford’s 1917 Model TT one-ton, the first chassis built specifically for a truck; the 1925 Model T Runabout, which added a pickup-body cargo box, adjustable tailgate, four stake pockets and heavy-duty leaf springs; and the 1928 Model A, the first closed-cab pickup, with a safety glass windshield, roll-up side windows and a three-speed transmission. In Australia, the first “ute” was developed, in 1934, by Ford Australia putting a utility back onto a V8 coupe, which was exported to the U.S. In 1979, the first authentic compact pickup, the Ford Courier, was offered in Australia; the Ranger nameplate was introduced in 2007.

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The 2011 Ranger sports a freshened contemporary exterior and interior design; a new range of diesel and gas powertrains with increased performance, more torque and improved fuel economy; new technologies that provide greater comfort and better handling; and is longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces. The new Ranger rides on an all-new frame and chassis that gives it an enhanced and upgraded off-road capability. It also gets as a wider and deeper box, plus increased payload and towing capacity.

Marin Burela, CEO and president of Ford Australia, said the design and development of the new pickup was led by Australia’s Ford Product Development Center and tested in the demanding terrains of Australia as well as in other countries where the truck will be sold.

"In Australia, Ford reinforces its tough-truck credentials by revitalizing the Ford Courier and rebranding Ford Ranger around the world,” Burela said. "It’s anchored by work credibility, versatility and bolder styling, which will make it more appealing to a dual-purpose user."

"Compact trucks are a global phenomenon from Australia to Argentina," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford group vice president and president of Asia Pacific and Africa regions. "The new Ranger was built with feedback from customers around the world that wanted more truck toughness but also a vehicle that could be used for work and personal transport, with family safety as well."

The truck will be built at three assembly plants. Thailand will be the first plant to come on line next year, followed by South Africa and South America. Ford reps declined to identify an on-sale date, but said production will begin in Thailand next summer.

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Ford said the Ranger raises the bar in this globally competitive segment and offers the most "high-tech product" in its class, the result of the capability of its all-new family of engines that bring increased performance and fuel economy, a new six-speed transmission, gains in quality and new technologies that improve ride and handling and safety.

"We looked at the evolving needs of this buyer and made it more sure-footed and cutting-edge," Hinrichs said. "The new Ranger has more precise steering, ride comfort, new side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist, trailer-sway control and the segment’s first rearview camera system. We also know that fuel economy is a reason to buy.”

Hinrichs identified Toyota’s Hilux as the top competitor to the Ranger in Australia. The new model also has the segment’s deepest water-fording depth.

Pickup trucks (combined two-wheel and four-wheel drive) are the second-best-selling segment of the market in Australia after small cars, offering Ford a significant growth opportunity, though Ford executives declined to project numbers for Australia and global sales.

Key competitors and their year-to-date (September) sales volume in Australia are Toyota Hilux (30,127); Nissan Navaro (15,932); Mitsubishi Triton (12,384) and the Holden Colorado (10,380). The Ranger has sold 10,925 units in 2010, and since 2007 about 52,000 Rangers have been sold. (Total Courier sales since its introduction were 110,528.)

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Ford calls the introduction of the 2011 Ranger a “rolling launch” for revealing information to the press and buyers. The Blue Oval chose Australia for the Ranger's first unveiling, but it has declined to disclose many specifications, including horsepower, fuel economy and pricing. A staggered model launch in the second half of 2011 will limit opportunity to grow, but Ford expects that 2012 will be the big year for growth of the Ranger globally.

Interior

As the 2011 Ranger’s outside dimensions have grown, the new platform has created a roomier interior and easy access into the new truck. It has more shoulder and second-row legroom and comes with seating for up to five, depending on the model. The cabin has been restyled with a more contemporary look, with higher levels of craftsmanship, modern materials and more features. It is also set up to be more driver-oriented.

“It’s a hard-working truck designed to make its hard-working owner proud,” said chief designer Craig Metros, a 24-year Ford veteran who has played a significant role in Ford pickup design around the world. “It’s not often in the pickup truck world that designers get the opportunity to re-invent a vehicle from the ground up”.

Metros, who served as design chief for the Ford F-150 light-duty pickup in North America, led the Australia-based design team. He describes the new Ranger's design as “21st Century Tough. It’s the result of a design process that answers pickup truck owners’ wants and expectations from all around the world. We explored a bandwidth ranging from Ford North America’s very traditional and much-liked F-Series to influences from Europe’s very successful kinetic design language.”

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The Ranger is often used as a sport pickup in Europe, Metros says. Therefore, top-of-the-range Limited and Wildtrak models are tailored with leather interiors, larger wheels and many features typically found on luxury cars.

“In others parts of the world, including Africa and central Asia, or among fleet buyers, Ranger trucks are for the most part strictly utilitarian, with a hose-out interior,” Metros said. “We looked outside the automotive industry at contemporary designs in many consumer products. From power tools to wristwatches, we wanted to apply that same sort of ruggedness and purposeful styling to the interior.”

The Ranger’s designers drew inspiration from the look of power tools from Bosch and DeWalt for interior styling elements, as well as the G-Shock watch for design cues used for the instrument cluster, to create an image of delicate instruments set within a rugged housing. A tastefully crafted console is the palette for the truck’s navigation screen, audio functions and controls for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.

Manual-transmission models get a new short-throw gearshift, and a new lever-style parking brake is used for optimal driver ergonomics. Double Cab models have 20 different areas of interior storage, with door-pocket cupholders designed to hold a water bottle and an available center console that can keep up to six beverage cans cool. The glove box will also hold a laptop computer. Under the rear seats is stowage for electronic items or small packages that can easily be accessed. Also available on some models is a rear-seatback center armrest that folds down and incorporates two cupholders.

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Exterior

Imagine a Ford Explorer Sport Trac with a power dome on the hood, and you have a good first image to draw upon for the 2011 Ranger Double Cab unveiled in Australia. The front end has a short, low-slung overhang, whereas the pickup’s belt line and rails of the box were raised significantly. A clamshell-shaped hood with a cut line in the fenders is a thoughtful design element that gives good access to the engine bay. A horizontal cut line links the headlamps and front fascia. Headlamps, mirrors and fenders (or mudguard flares) have grown larger and give an integrated look across all versions and contribute to its sporty and bolder look.

Metros said the entire front end of the vehicle, particularly the hood, was very challenging to design because of pedestrian-protection requirements and the desired aerodynamics to aid with fuel economy and reduce drag. The Ranger’s side mirrors are larger for improved rear vision and were sculpted to reduce wind noise.

The Double Cab is the first body style to be revealed; the all-new family will include three body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, high- and low-ride models and “a broad series array” that will range from hose-out work trucks to fully featured personal vehicles, Ford says.

The new pickup is larger in nearly every dimension and has a wider, deeper box capacity, as well as increased cargo capacity. The Double Cab model is 7.5 inches longer, 1.7 inches wider and 2.5 inches taller than the current Double Cab. Its wheelbase grows 8.6 inches to 126.7 inches, which Ford claims is the longest in its class.

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The front and rear track on the 4x4 model is 61.4 inches and 62.5 inches on the 4x2 model. The longer wheelbase and increased track were engineered to improve driving and passenger comfort.

Ranger’s chassis setup comes from the expertise of Ford’s global dynamics engineers from Australia, South Africa, Europe and North America, in addition to insight from Ford’s manufacturing facilities in Thailand and South America. Ford says its goals of creating SUV-like handling and comfort, reducing mass and increaseg structural integrity were achieved as a result of the new frame, new front and rear suspension, and new steering system.

All critical driveline components (powertrain, transfer case, oil pan, exhaust system and fuel tank) are tucked between the frame rails to reduce the risk of damage during off-roading. Underbody shielding protects other important components. Minimum ground clearance on 4x4 models, as well as 4x2 Hi-Riders designed for off-road use, is 9 inches with the base 16-inch tires. Seventeen-inchers are also available. Dual front hooks — each rated at 13,277 pounds — come standard on the Australian-market Rangers on 4x4 and 4x2 models. Also, the pickup’s electrical components and air intake are mounted high in the engine compartment to reduce the risk of water penetration and potential electrical shorts.

Ride and Handling

Ford’s driving dynamics team set out to develop a "driver’s truck" with agility, precision and comfort when unloaded or working. All powertrain and driveline variants were developed on a test vehicle before the first prototype was built to help engineers design for a wide variety of handling details, including turning circle and optimal suspension geometry, evaluating scrub radius, toe and camber settings, and the "elastokinematic" properties of the front and rear suspension. Its new suspension was developed in conjunction with Mazda.

“Through careful analysis and tuning, we found it was possible to build the first fleet of prototype vehicles close to final properties for suspension geometry, including changes under traction, braking and hard cornering,” said Matt Reilly, vehicle dynamics supervisor. “This was achieved by using a combination of newly developed computer-aided-engineering (CAE) models, the Kinematics and Compliance test rigs available at all Ford development centers and steering robots for precise and repeatable test inputs.”

“The result is a Built Ford Tough pickup truck with a single design that provides the best possible road manners," Reilly continued. "For traditional buyers, the benefits are huge with no compromises in payload capacity or towing ability. For sport utility enthusiasts who prefer smoother, more refined road handling, the all-new Ranger delivers with less of the harshness typically found in trucks.”

New hard-rubber "hydro mounts" on the frame between the rail and the cabin bring improved comfort. Filled with hydraulic fluid, the mounts help mitigate vertical and horizontal motions more effectively, thereby reducing body shake and smoothing the harshness typically associated with a truck ride.

Ranger’s longer, stiffer frame is 100 percent new, with a coil-over-shock front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and a new rear leaf spring suspension. It has the largest brakes in its class, with vented disc brakes up front and drum brakes in the rear.

Increased wheelbase and track also help driving dynamics, both on-road and off-road. The Ranger team also made advanced technologies available in the truck: Electronic Stability Program, antilock braking system and traction control, as well as optional trailer-sway control, Adaptive Load Control and rollover mitigation, all of which bring increased safety and control for hauling heavy loads.

The Ranger also introduces the segment’s first rearview camera system and rear parking sensors to provide additional visibility and alert the driver to obstacles while reversing.

Performance

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The Ranger comes with two new engines and a choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmissions that improve performance, fuel economy and driving range.

Ford’s Duratorq TDCi diesel engines include a 2.2-liter inline-four-cylinder with up to 276 pounds-feet of torque and a 3.2-liter inline-five-cylinder with a robust 346 pounds-feet of torque.

Ford says its new economical 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder gas engine has more power than its major competitors and is flex-fuel capable.

Gasoline-powered Rangers get a standard five-speed manual transmission.

The Ranger will achieve a significantly increased payload capacity of up to 3,306 pounds on selected models. While Ford has not announced the truck’s top towing capacity, it says towing will be “exceptional.”

Ford also reports that the Ranger will come with more engine/transmission combinations as well as a variety of final drive ratios, from a stout 3.31 ring and pinion to an amazingly short 5.30 rear axle.

Ford Ranger Leaves the U.S.

The Ford Ranger first went on sale in the U.S. in February 1982. More than 6.5 million Rangers have been sold in the U.S., with its best sales year in 1999, with 348,358 pickups sold.

"In the past few years, we have averaged around 75,000 Rangers sales annually, with year-to-date sales of 43,000 through the end of September," said Derek Kuzak, Ford group vice president of product development, when we asked about why the new Ranger isn’t coming to the U.S.

"The compact pickup market in the U.S. has been declining for more than 15 years, having gone from almost 8 percent of the industry in 1994 to just more than 2 percent through August this year," Kuzak said. "So we have decided to prioritize our investment in full-size pickups and continue to develop the F-150 in all areas, including outstanding fuel economy. We are just now launching an all-new engine lineup for the F-150 that improves the fuel efficiency of the F-150 lineup by 20 percent. And we are offering the F-150 XLT Custom Package with the all-new 3.7-liter V-6 engine aimed at the entry-level personal-use buyer.

"This new F-150 series will be ideal for those Ranger owners interested in a pickup. For those Ranger customers interested more in affordable transportation than specifically a truck, we now either have, or soon will offer, many new affordable vehicles, including the Fiesta, Focus, seven-passenger Grand C-MAX and the Transit Connect.

"One additional important element of our decision was that this Ranger is bigger than our current product, which we'll build through the 2011 model year, and moves much closer in size to the current F-150," Kuzak added. "So its use here would become even more limited, especially when compared to the increasingly fuel-efficient F-150."

Comments

Just finished skimming through 100 or so comments. There sure are a lot of people who have to haul a piece of plywood once in a while. Which makes me wonder, how many of you honestly NEED a truck. I own a truck. I have a holiday trailer and a side by side ATV. But the reality is I don`t need a truck because I don`t need these toys. I forced myself into having to own a truck. I wonder how many other people have the same situation. Needs and wants are two very different things and here in north america we can`t seem to distinguish between the two. I have a friend who owns his own home, a holiday trailer and two quads. His vehicles are a 2 door Tahoe and a Dodge caliber. In the last few years he has fully renovated his house top to bottom. He did all this without owning a truck. Resorseful people find a way to get the job done. Hell, yesterday he borrowed my 8 foot ladder (that I picked up from the store with my truck) in his Caliber. He drives what he wants and he makes the vehicles do what he needs them to do. He doesn`t want a truck and doesn`t need a truck.
Anyways, while I don`t agree with Ford decision to kill the Ranger but if you need one or want one then buy one. Its not like you won`t be able to get parts for them as soon as they done being built. Ford will most likely lose sales and therefore money from this but I doubt the money lost would be more than the expense of bringing the Ranger upto date.

So 75K of rangers per year no longer justifies US sales. But, Ford spent 10's of millions developing the SVT Raptor and has sold maybe 10 trucks in the US? Wake up FORD. Bring the new Ranger with the diesel and watch them fly off the dealer lots. Wait until VW builds their Diesel pickup and it will be too late to go back.

Just bring this to the states, or an equivalent brand, with a diesel. I do NOT want or need an F150. Yes, it's 9/10 the size ... blah, blah ... and I would opt for a crew cab for my family. It is still SMALLER than the F150, easier to park in a garage or parking structure, and better fuel economy, especially with a diesel! If your going to charge me BIG $$$ for a vehicle, at least offer what I and many others are looking for!

Still have my 10 yr old vehicle, 150,000 mi, and going strong. Will only buy if the manufacturers offer what I am looking for at the right price (some of these vehicles cost more than homes in some parts of this country ... like Detroit). Not everyone was suckered into the cash for clunkers fiasco. A paid in full vehicle is MUCH less expensive than a NEW payment. You need to convince me that your NEW vehicle is what I want and need.

I don't think Ford would put the I-5 diesel engine in for the US Ranger with the ultra high emissions standards. But they should offer that 3.0L V6 diesel and 4.4 from the Land Rover in the F150. Spend some money on making it meet the Tier 2 Bin 5 standards, give it Urea if it needs it.

Why slag Ford or any other company for not making compacts?
The market is shrinking.
Guys complain that the Ranger is too small and outdated and in the same breath complain that the Tacoma is too big and expensive.
If there was a market for compacts - why isn't Tacoma and Frontier selling double or triple what they are selling now?

The whole "Ranger is outdated so that is why the market is dead" excuse does not hold water.
How many brand loyal people are there in North America?
If you guys are so brand loyal that you will not buy anything without a blue oval on it - then you'll fall into Ford's hands and will be driving a Fiesta, Transit Connect, or F150.

I agree with Jordan L - we confuse wants and needs.
I didn't need an F150 Supercrew but I bought one because like Jordan L it will suite my recreational desires the best.

I agree with CE and some of fthe other posters - if you really want a small truck - go out and buy one.
Talk is cheap.
Ford or anyone else will not make the investment based on internet whining.
They will make the decision based on sales.

Lou writes, "Talk is cheap.
Ford or anyone else will not make the investment based on internet whining.
They will make the decision based on sales. "

Exactly. I guarantee most of these guys internet whiners would not buy a new truck even if they made one exactly the way they wanted. They are just a bunch of tire kickers. They would find some reason not to buy it. Some examples: they don't have the money, they changed their mind, their wife won't let them, they bought something cheaper, it's "still too big", there isn't a diesel, if it has a diesel it doesn't get good enough mpg for them, they just want to dream of the glory days, they want to dream of their 80's and 90's Rangers and had not intention of buying a new one in the first place, it has too many electronics for them and they can't "swing a wrench" at it like the old days, they never buy "new" - they are old school and will still to their 1990 Buick, they just want to bash the full size trucks because they don't want someone to have something better than they have, etc.

DO YOU KNOW WHEN ITS COMING TO MEXICO, SORRY GUYS BUT YOULL HAVE TO SEE THEM OVER THE FENCE, LOL

@milton martinez
To quote the story "The truck will be built at three assembly plants. Thailand will be the first plant to come on line next year, followed by South Africa and South America."

If I recall my high school geography - Mexico is part of North America.
I doubt you'll be seeing this truck very soon.

Ford and GM have not updated their midsize trucks in years. The base ranger design is THIRTEEN years old, the Colorado/Canyon is SIX. Alot has happened to vehicle technology, power, and fuel economy in those years.

We haven't gotten a new Ranger in more than a decade, and they wonder why its not selling. I have been hounding the midsize truck market for the last two years, and I don't buy not because I really want a full size, but because I don't like any of the options. I love the look of the colorado, but the interior is totally outdated. I'm seriously considering getting a honda ridgeline because it has everything I need in a truck right now. I don't need towing capacity. I just need a bed to throw muddy crap in and haul bulky objects. And I would like to do it while listening to a fully integrated MP3 player, have my phone connected by bluetooth, and have a smaller chassis that I don't suck at parking. The new F150 is absolutely massive. I do not want a truck that big. I love all aspects of the vehicle with the exception of the size. This new Ranger is EXACTLY what I am looking for in a new truck!!!

this looks like a derivation of the mitsubishi raider and dodge dakota only it actually looks gud

im all about mopar but damn the dakota front is FUGLY

the Mitsubishi looked decent but the older 4.7 were weak

with shitty mpg

Did a quick calculation and a crew cab version of this Ranger is 73% the weight of a crewcab F150.

That's still a considerably smaller truck.

Nice truck

Mopar where's ur baby truck

If it's a "Global" Truck, guess we'll go to our neighbors to the
North, or the South, and bring it on home. Course we'll probably have to pay some kind of Import fee, on top of your state tax. The amazing thing is, before I even knew about this truck, I sent an e-mail to Ford, for just such a truck-4 door, updated styling, with a 4cyl. diesel! Ford responded (to my surprise within 3 days!) Said they'd pass
the info on, but couldn't speculate what the designers were working on; Then Wha-la! Ka-Chow! I think perhaps they may end up bowing to demand. You gotta wonder about the size issue though, as if to say why not just buy an F-150? I like the power/styling/size of the Frontier, then learned recently, that the 6 requires premium unleaded!

@ Paul, but it will have a 3,300lb payload, greater than the current F150. Something does not add up.

If anyone is interested, I got some dimesions of this new Ranger from the Facebook internet chat with Craig Metros (Ranger Cheif Designer). The length of the new truck is is 210.98 inches, the 2010 Ranger extended cab was 203.6. The width of the new Ranger is 72.83 inches compared to 71.3 on the 2010 Ranger. The height of the new Ranger is 71.45 inches in comparison to 67.7 inches in our North american model. While the new truck is larger, (mostly by length) I would stop short of saying this truck would kill or threaten the F-150 in sales. The F-150 is 2 feet longer and 6 inches wider then the new Ranger. I think (the f-150)is much bigger then the new truck. Ford has already made the design investment for this New Ranger. Its built and its a fact. I think importing a few to see how sales are, would be a minimal cost imvestment. The only problem I see is what motor the truck would use. I feel that a 4 cyl would be underpowered. I didn't see an option for a v6 in this New Ranger unless i missed it.

Ford's arguments for not bringing this truck here are so weak it's like they don't hear the words coming out of their own mouth. Just because they don't sell 400,000 of them a year they can't make a profit? Isn't the sales numbers of the current truck good enough? Wouldn't a new truck increase those numbers? Now that they've killed the Sport Trac I would think the ranger numbers would go up. The sport Trac took sales away from the Ranger and didn't sell well because Ford didn't market it properly. Is the only thing they can do right anymore is the Mustang?

When designing vehicles its easy to make bad judgement calls.

The Explorer Sport Trek was too heavy, had a 4' bed, had a inefficient smaller engine (4.0), and the more expensive independant rear suspension.

The US ranger, was too narrow, had useless jumper seats (ext cab), an outdated power train, no higher end interior options, outdated suspension.

Bring the T6 to the US offer it with the following Engines
1.6 liter EB engine
2.0 liter EB
3.7 liter Durtech

As an factory option offer the 2.2 liter diesel.

Guys complain that the Ranger is too small and outdated and in the same breath complain that the Tacoma is too big and expensive.
If there was a market for compacts - why isn't Tacoma and Frontier selling double or triple what they are selling now?

Jordan L.: "There sure are a lot of people who have to haul a piece of plywood once in a while. Which makes me wonder, how many of you honestly NEED a truck. "

I've asked myself this question. I own a 1998 Ford Ranger, and it's bloody useful for hauling the occasional piece of plywood, couch, or other heavy or bulky object. However, there's nothing about the shape of a pickup truck that makes me need it. I also rarely go offroad, so I don't need a 4x4. I do need more all-weather capability than is offered by my existing RWD manual-shift Ranger -- but pretty-much anything other than RWD will work for me. I'd also like a kid-friendly backseat.

I sound like a the kind of guy who should be buying a mininvan. But here's the rub. The minivans I've looked at are all a fraction of an inch too small -- which makes it seem like an intentional effort keep minivans from eating in to the sales of full-sized trucks. For instances, I measured the Grand Caravan with Stow & Go seats -- the cargo area was 47-3/8" x 96" with the driver's seats slid all the way forward. Now, how do I remove the plastic trim that covers the wheel wells without making the interior look trashed? How do I haul a sheet of plywood without gouging the plastic?

The other problem is that minivans have civilized interiors with carpet and cupholders. I need something that I can hose out, so that I can haul compost and garden supplies once in a while.

So far, the Transit Connect is pretty close. The cargo area is 5-6 feet (depending on whether you have the back seat installed), but the advertised distance between the wheel-wells is 48.1", and there's no plastic trim over them. The XLT Wagon Premium model advertises that is has some plastic trim back there, which means it's of no interest. It's not quite a hose-out interior, but it's close enough that I could probably clean out the cargo area with a mop and bucket.

If anyone can point me to a site that shows how to remove the interior trim of the Grand Caravan or Honda Odyssey and make the interior easier to clean without making it look like it belongs in the trailer park, I'd be *very* interested.

But, yeah, the only vehicle that *actually* meets my requirements is a pickup truck. That doesn't mean that there aren't lots of other vehicles that *could* meet my needs without a few small design changes -- but I guess selling me what I need would eat into the big auto profits. The first manufacturer to break ranks gets my money!

Oh, yeah, and I really want a diesel engine under the hood of whatever I buy next. A compact pickup truck, light-duty commercial van, or a minivan would all drive better and be better for me long-term with a diesel engine. I plan to own the vehicle that I buy next for 20+ years, so it needs to be reliable, durable, and future-proof.

Pickups have done pretty well in the reliable, durable, and future-proof categories.

Oh, just forget the whole thing!

Some day one the Korean companies, or FIAT or a Chinese company will bring a small truck with a diesel to the USA and F0RD execs and the rest of whatever is left of the big 3 will sit around and whine about lost sales of their monster trucks. Not everyone wants to drive a monster truck. I'll take my new global Ranger in black, crew cab wiht the diesel and a manual. I only want a BASIC truck. I don't care how many cupholders it has and I don't need to tow my house or the QE2 around !

When you have these Japanese / Ford , Thai built Pickups selling in Australia with a 6,600lb tow rating and current F150's are rated here as 7,200lb, it is a no brainer that these :very reliable , cheaper, good off road, better payload than the F150 vehicles, are the Pickups of choice here.

I have a 2007 Ranger 4.0l 4x4 long bed. I like having a truck, but what I have is all I need. I don't need an F150, which is basically a full size. I plan on either keeping my current truck until the wheels fall off and then maybe I'll find another older Ranger and drop that 3.2l I5 diesel in it! I live in the USA, so I guess thats it for the Ranger, for now anyways.

What are the specs on the box length on this truck?
The crewcab box in these pictures looks tiny.
Same goes for the pictures I've seen of the Amorok crewcab.
It doesn't look much longer than a SportTrac and we all know how hot a seller those things are.

If this truck came to North America, it would have a price comparable to a SportTrac or Tacoma. It would not be cheap.
That would give you guys something new to whine about.

If the only choices you have are a Toyota, Nissan, or Honda - then those are your choices.
Good for them, bad for Ford, Dodge, or GMC.

I doubt that we will see a spike in small truck sales as the Ranger, Dakota, Colorado, and Canyon come to an end.

That would, in effect, prove Jordan L's point "Which makes me wonder, how many of you honestly NEED a truck. "

Lou,
Bed size is not standard on them. If these have a Utility tray it can be 7.5 ft or longer, depends on the application.

@Robert Ryan - most guys in North America run these trucks with stock(factory) boxes.
I assume "utility tray" would mean a flat deck or utility box conversion where the stock box is removed.
I also am assuming that you can get these trucks in a "chassis - cab" configuration ie. no box at all.
I've seen the rare compact with a "utility tray".
It's common in the Heavy duty ranks.
Thanks for your input. it's nice to have input form people outside of North America.

Lou: There are utility bed conversions for compact trucks. The groundskeeping vehicles used by my local university use Rangers and S-10s with flatbeds. The sticker says "Scott-Lite".

I've found this one as an option for my Ranger, and they have options for a number of compact and midsize trucks:
http://www.uteltd.com/

If I decide to just keep my trusty old RWD 1998 Ranger, then I'll be getting rid of the factory box and putting one of those on. The parts for the conversion costs about the same as a nice topper.

If the only choices you have are a Toyota, Nissan, or Honda - then those are your choices.
Good for them, bad for Ford, Dodge, or GMC.

I doubt that we will see a spike in small truck sales as the Ranger, Dakota, Colorado, and Canyon come to an end.

That would, in effect, prove Jordan L's point "Which makes me wonder, how many of you honestly NEED a truck. " - Lou

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It also makes the point when in addition to the Toyota, Nissan and Honda that Lou just cited, the 2011 Ford Ranger is out there, and 2011 Chevy Colorado and 2011 GM Canyon are being sold. All 2011 models. They haven't gone away. If these guys really need a truck, why haven't they bought one of the 6 choices of the compact/mid size trucks that are already out there? If you include the 2010 Dakota that makes 7 to choose from. Oh and I forgot one more, the The Equator which gets up to 32 mpg in crewcab form. http://www.suzukiauto.com/equator/?r=left That makes 8 compact/midsizes. It makes you go hmmmmm. Thanks for your post.

Hey it's a dead horse, I bleed blue so this pains me to say any word on the redesigned Toyota Tacoma for 2012 ?

Lou,
Ford provides a Utility tray and it comes as a Cab Chassis to be upfitted as well
http://www.ford.com.au/servlet/Satellite?c=DFYPage&cid=1248884728438&pagename=wrapper&site=FOA#

For those of you who want diesel power in a Ranger and live in a place where you can get away with engine swapping, you should import a diesel powertrain from Brazil or Argentina, where the US-style Ranger has been available for years with 2.8 and 3.0 liter diesels.

Lou and Jordan:

Assuming that I'm representative of the "why haven't you just bought a truck yet?" people who are being discussed, let me chime in.

I currently own a truck, which is a RWD 1998 Ranger with 180k miles on it. It's a pretty good little truck, but it's not perfect -- it's a little awkward for some loads because of the wheel wells, it's touchy in poor weather, my wife won't drive it because it's a manual, and the back seat isn't suitable for taking the kid with us when we go to the hardware store. I would like power mirrors/windows/doorlocks, and real alternative fuel compatibility. But, all in all, the truck I have is a solid little machine that does exactly what I need it to do, and has proved itself to be durable and maintainable over the years.

So, the gotcha is that I want a new truck but I can't justify spending the money unless it solves a lot of the problems I listed. Hence the winging on the Internet. When I need the kind of truck that's currently available, I walk out to my driveway and use mine -- and the truck in my driveway is worth every cent I've spent on it.

@Luke in IL - the point I'm trying to make is that too many guys pine away for a truck like the global T6 but the box doesn't look any bigger than a SportTrac. If the T6 came to North America it probably would be in the same price range as the Tacoma,Frontier,SportTrac, or Ridgeline. The majority of the current small trucks have overlapping price ranges with the full size trucks. Guys would then complain that it was too pricy.
I've owned 2 Rangers. A regular cab long box, and an extended cab truck. I liked them but they were useless as family vehicles. I got rid of the Extended cab because I could not legally carry my kids in it (booster seats don't fit on the jump seats).
The "compact" that was closest to my wants/desires was the Tacoma.I ruled out the Tacoma as it couldn't meet my future towing requirements and with the factory rebates - an F150 Supercrew was more economical to buy.
The current crop of compacts (I use the term loosely) do not offer what many consumers want or need.
I researched trucks for the last 2 years and after discussions with my wife we were both more than willing and able to deal with the size of a full size truck.

You are looking at things wisely. No sense buying something that does not meet your criteria.
What do you do if there isn't a product that meets your criteria?
You either live with what you got (like what you are doing now) or look at what is the closest alternative. I'd bet that a shortbox extended cab full size with a small "6" would be that alternative.

Lou,
The Ranger and Japanese Pickups meet the needs of most Pickup users in Australia. The F150 on the other hand would not: lack of payload , slightly bigger without any real advantage; not that good Off Road in comparison to the Japanese pickups. questionable towing superiority makes the F150 less than desirable as a vehicle for the purpose.
On the other hand, a Harley Davidson version looks good and has "bling"

@Robert Ryan - Austrailia has a greater choice of compact trucks, and with a greater assortment of options. Towing and hauling ratings are much different in North America (that is what it looks like to me).
We've always had a fixation on "bigger is better". Large automobiles have gradually shrank over the years from the behemoths that roamed the earth during the 70's and earlier.
Trucks are the last bastion of traditional "bigger" vehicles. We will need to see sky high fuel prices before that attitude will change.
For most people trucks are a luxury or lifestyle choice. I don't need a truck that can tow 10,000 lb but I want one.
Until people stop buying big trucks we will not see decent small trucks in North America.
I've owned both compact and full size.
Wide, long trucks are more stable on gravel roads, and on icy or snow covered roads. I don't need or want the off-road ability of a compact. ATV's and dirtbikes are my prefered off-road tool.
Full size is my current preference.
It is also the preference of most North Americans.
That is what is ultimately killing off compact/small trucks in North America.


I agree with Lou. I can get a 2 seat ATV in the back of my pickup (F150), good luck trying to do that in a Hilux or a Ranger. Sometimes you need load SPACE to go with your payload. I've never had my F150 sagging down at the back either. Even though I "could" pull 8000 lb with a half ton, I would prefer to do it with a 3/4-1 ton diesel. It's just a lot nicer.

Lou:
I also am also a little skeptical about the short bed on the quad-cab T6 Ranger. I'm rather surprised by how short the cargo area and passenger space is available on most crew-cab pickup trucks -- it seems like you could make a compact truck with a short van-like hood that could have 4-doors, and a useful bed... But it wouldn't look like a pickup truck to most people, I guess -- regardless of how useful it would be.

A diesel engine in a compact pickup truck would make up for a lot of other shortcomings. For instance, if I could get a compact truck with diesel engine but without a kid-friendly back seat, I'd have bought it already. If the perfect vehicle doesn't exist (and it doesn't seem to), then I'll make tradeoffs. But I'm hoping that whatever I buy this round will be serving my needs for the next 20 years or so -- so if I have to wait a year or 3 for the right vehicle, I'll be happy to.

I see what you're saying about the F-150, and if I had to buy a truck today, it would certainly be on my list of "must drive" vehicles -- the only thing it's missing is a diesel option. The excessive height of the F-150 that I co-own with a family-member is big disadvantage for me (I'm short) -- I wonder if there's a way to order a version with minimal ground clearance? Also, the $40k pricetag for an F-150 outfitted for my purposes is well outside of what I can spend on a car at this time. But it's a very nice truck, and it's the perfect tool for what my family-member is doing with it (traveling to remote parts of the US for NGO work).

The Transit Connect is another option that's looking pretty good right about now, but if they're going to come out with a diesel or one with a slightly longer wheelbase in a year or two, I have to hold my horses.

Lou,
Agreed there is a lot more variety here. As far as putting an ATV on the back of a Hilux that is not a problem with a Utility tray.
"Mid Size" pickups are becoming Lifstyle vehicles here as well. A lot of women drive them as daily drivers.

Most "utes" even Car based ones can carry surprising amounts using a Utility tray

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/FalconUteTowing.jpg

Robert Ryan - I rarely see "utility trays" in non-commercial applications.
I like your pictures.
What kind of ute is the yellow one on the trailer? Looks like our El Camino or Ranchero (60's - 70's vintage).

Lou,
Utility trays are common in non-commercial applications here, much more so than a Pickup tray. The Yellow vehicle is a Ford XA Ute (3,500lbs), with a 351 cu in Australian built Cleveland engine( the so called NASCAR Block that was sent to the US to, be used by NASCAR Ford teams in the 1980's). The XA Falcon sedan was the "Mad Max Interceptor" used in the movie. The first Utes(not pickups) were produced by Ford Australia in 1934. In 1940 Ford thought of introducing a US version, but WW2 killed that idea.As a result of their success in Australia first Ford with their Ranchero and then Chevrolet with the ElCamino, were introduced. in the late 1950's Poor carrying capacity and the increasing popularity of Pickups in the US as daily drivers and work vehicles killed them. The same does not apply to Australia and New Zealand, where they have evolved to become a successful part of the market

@Robert Ryan - thanks. It's always nice to get a different prespective on things.

They should have loaded another Mini on to the back of that yellow ute, just for the heck of it. :)

Seen several utes carrying small cars, like this.
http://oldholden.com/ohfiles/images/WB%20&%20Bee4.jpg

id wait afew years for them to perfect it.

I don't buy Ford's pr for their reasons for not bringing the new Ranger to the US. None of their reasons hold water.

The reason the compact market is declineing is that there are no trucks liek the litte chevy s-10 any more. I remeber those things all over... SMALL looked 3000 lbs-- 2.5 liter 4 banger--S-10 regular size cab... they were all over and they were priced right... Now the trucks are near full size..go back to the size of the 80s s-10s with realy small trucks.. regualr cab.. trucks that peopel with family cars bought as 2nd vehicle to run to th home depot with quick n come back

Wake up ford execs. Bring this to the USA! I want this not the f150!



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