Spied Again! Global Ford Ranger T6 Regular Cab

Spied Again! Global Ford Ranger T6 Regular Cab
Photos by Brian Williams for Brenda Priddy & Company

Last month, our spies snagged the first photos of the two-door regular cab 2011 Ford Ranger T6 global pickup but it was wearing lots of heavy camouflage that disguised its body. Not anymore.

The global Ranger is about 90 percent of the size of today’s F-150 half-ton, Ford says. While it’s a bit tough to judge those dimensions in the four-door configuration, this single cab Ranger appears to be generously sized. We don’t know the pickup’s official dimensions, but we estimate the cargo box is about 6.5 feet to 7 feet long. Even with the Ranger in disguise, we think the proportions look spot on.

Ford says the T6 Ranger is the most capable small pickup it has ever built. It will go on sale next year in 188 countries but not the U.S. and Canada.

Three engines will be available, including 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. There’s also a new 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder gas engine that Ford says will have more power than its major competitors and is flex-fuel capable.

The T6 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.” The company has shown it pulling a locomotive.

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Comments

"The volume may be 30% smaller.

9 x 9 x 9 = 729

10 x 10 x 10 = 1000

72.9%"

That's exactly how it works, yeah. As noted, the current Ranger is around 90% the dimensions of an F150. But the way volume and weight works, it's about 68% the actual size and weight, a considerable difference.

The new T6 will upsized slightly, but still will be around 3/4 the size of a F150, like the Tacoma-based Hilux that it is competing with around the world.

Still a big difference.

Throw the new-tech F150 V6 in this smaller and lighter chassis and then compare mileage.


"Throw the new-tech F150 V6 in this smaller and lighter chassis and then compare mileage." - PJungnitsch

Throw the new new tech and the lighter chassis into the 2014 and then compare mileage again.

"That's exactly how it works, yeah. As noted, the current Ranger is around 90% the dimensions of an F150. But the way volume and weight work..."

Your l x w x h volume logic is flawed because you are including the empty space behind the cab. You can't include that in your figures.


Throw the new new tech and the lighter chassis into the 2013-14 F150 and then compare mileage again. Then the T6 really makes no sense.

@Mark it does as the diesel gets a lot more mileage than a ecoboost. Also in Australia and elsewhere CAFE does not esist, so there is not a desperate need to make these pickups lighter. In fact they are getting heavier and bigger.

Mr. Mulally,


I have written my options and the collective opinions of a large pool of Ranger owners on this forum before. This is an update on what we as the owners see from the consumer side.

We need a truck smaller than the F150. Size matters.

It matters for some because of parking restrictions, it matters for other because of spacial and comfort reasons. There are others that just don't want a large truck and still others that find owning a large truck wasteful on every level.

So here's a short generalized list of whom you should be trying to please:

The basics crowd: These owners want a stripped basic truck. They want it to be inexpensive, economical and durable. These consumers want a small truck that can get 30 MPG. These guys rarely put anything in their bed over 1000lbs, but they sometimes do. These are also the guys that want a long bed option.


The XLT Ext cab Ranger 4x4 owners: This includes almost everyone who has purchased a 4.0 liter 4x4 Ext. cab Ranger from 2000-current. They want what they have now only better. Most want more room, fuel economy and comfort. These trucks SHOULD qualify for a SAE 3000lb towing rating with ease. Towing 3000lbs comfortably should cover over 80% of the normal use for these owners. We need to be seeing 24 MPG in this configuration.
Most of these owners want a slightly larger truck, most also do not want something as large as the tacoma. I once suggested that the 2003-2005 Explorer width is probably the best compromise, I 'm still sticking with that suggestion. I should caution you not to build a truck wider than the current Explorer Sport Trak as that will drive away most of your potential customers in this and the previous group.


The Sport Trak owners: These consumers want what they currently have, only less expensive and with better fuel economy.

There are other potential customers like the fanatical "bring back the bronco group" or the" we want a mini Heavy Duty truck group" but what I listed above are the customers that are a known existing groups. Or said another way "consumers in search of a product"

I hope you find this information useful.

Your potential customer,

Fred Wallace

"The basics crowd: These owners want a stripped basic truck. They want it to be inexpensive, economical and durable. These consumers want a small truck that can get 30 MPG. These guys rarely put anything in their bed over 1000lbs, but they sometimes do. These are also the guys that want a long bed option. "

The problem is no one makes money on these trucks. The other problem is there are not enough of these buyers.

Don't believe me? Go spend 60 days in any dealership and see how many of the "Basics Crowd" come in and are actually serious about buying. If they are the only people you get to talk to you are going to be very lonely.

Fred,
Here would be the reply from Ford:

Basics crowd: You guys won't pay any real money for a truck so you are dead to us... and if you hang on long enough, we'll sell you a Transit cab/chassis pickup. Is that utilitarian enough?

Extended cab 4x4 crowd: Stop pretending you really like the Ranger and buy the F-150 you really want. We'll be selling the 3.7 v6 real soon... it will get better MPG than your Ranger and you won't need to justify your manhood at the next Dude Bros meeting.

Sport Trac owners: D4 Explorer with the back loped off.

@Fred the current Asian Ranger has a towing abilty of 6,600lbs in Australia. The new T6 Ranger has more . To pu that into perspective the current Cheverolet Silverado 2500 HD, 6.6 diesel is rated here at 9,900lbs towing capacity.

"Also in Australia and elsewhere CAFE does not esist, so there is not a desperate need to make these pickups lighter. In fact they are getting heavier and bigger."

Which all makes the point for the F-150 in the US and not the T6.

How I think Ford should replace the Ranger

We aren’t getting the global T6 Ranger and I don’t really see a problem with that. The T6 Ranger is too big for the American market, it would simply compete too much with the F150. Here is my plan, replace the top-end Ranger sales with the lower end F150 and replace the lower end Ranger sales with something based on the new C platform.

V6 powered Rangers, especially 4X4’s, don’t come cheap. They easily get into the mid $20K range. They aren’t very fuel efficient either. That’s probably a big reason why Ford isn’t selling many high option Rangers. STX and XL trim V6 F150s should cover that market just fine.

Lower end I4 Rangers make up the biggest chunk of the Ranger market. These trucks are cheap and fuel efficient, but their towing and payload capacities are limited. A small uni-body truck built on the new global C-platform would probably cover this market just fine. The Escape and TransitConnect are both C-platform based, so why can’t a Ranger be built on this platform? Give it the 2.5L I4, a six speed auto, and a six foot bed. Maybe even give it more truck-like styling like the Escape has. If the truck can be made cheap enough, I could see it being a popular option among those who just want a small truck.

http://www.blueovalforums.com/forums/index.php?/topic/41998-how-i-think-ford-should-replace-the-ranger/

TOYOTA-LOL !-

I was one of those brain dead drones, back in 1996-2000, that you speak of. The first vehicle I ever bought was a four year old Toyota pickup. I wanted a pickup and I wanted it to be as new as I could afford. It was either buy a 6/7 year old Ranger or a 4 year old Toyota. Six to seven year old Rangers were in the same price range as four year old Toyotas at the time. Sorry Ford, and America, for being brain washed for a few years.

Who says Toyotas hold their value better? What a crock!

Seeing as this is a Ranger thread, I felt it fitting to post the 2010 sales figures for small trucks here:

Less than full-size pickup trucks
Toyota Tacoma - 106,198
Ford Ranger - 55,364
Nissan Frontier - 40,427
Chevy Colorado - 24,642
Honda Ridgeline - 16,142
Dodge Dakota - 13,047
GMC Canyon - 7,992
Suzuki Equator - 1,447 (A Frontier by any other name is clearly not as sweet.)

My how times have changed, barely 270,000 trucks in total for 2010. Ten years ago, Ford and GM would have sold 300K a piece but not today....

Ranger fans and Sons of Ford! I am Fred Wallace.

I see a whole army of Ranger fans here in defiance of tyranny. You have come to fight for the Ranger as free men and Ranger owners. And free men and Ranger owners you are. What will you do without the Ranger????? Will you fight???

Fight and the Ranger may die. Run and buy a Taco and you may live.

But many years from now when you are dying in your bed will you be willing to trade all of this F150 and Taco crap for just one chance! Just one chance to come back here and tell Ford that they make take our Ranger but they will never take our freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alllllbliiiiiiiaaaaaaa Cabra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

if u're paying the same price for a ranger that's 2-3 older than a tacoma, u're azz is stupid.

jd,
u left out the raider.....

a dakota by any other name is clearly not as sweet.

i've always wondered, if gm dropped the gmc, would those buyers buy a chevy or go elsewhere........

Mulally want's to strip away all Ford Australia's current (and future) production of the Ute and replace it with his 'marvellous' One-Ford so we Australians will be expected to accept that in lieu of Autralia's Ford Ute.

Mike

@mmciau the way Ford Australia is going they may join Nissan and Mitsubishi, whose market share disappeared into a black hole after they dropped local production. The weird thing is Ford makes profits on the Falcon, Territory(new model coming out this year) and the Ute. It appears Ford NA does not listen to its customer base. I know Ford Australia WANTS to retain all local models.

looks like 2012 ranger is close to being just right , it will fit between my 2001 f 250 4x4 / 2001 ranger style side p/u. most of us not hauling 90 % of the time ,i need something a little sportier , like gt-r verison a little lower- say with a 4 cyl / turbo , v6 twin turbo .ford is failing on all fronts with me . at 6' my head sticks out the moon roof on most offerings , they can't seem to be able to put rear seats in a mustang you guys over 6' what are going to do..FORD you had it right with tauras . design it inside out everone needs the head room..shameful design , turning off buy american purchaser's

does anyone really realize that in other markets... this is ford's biggest truck that they have to offer?

Why is it so hard to understand that the current Ranger sales suck because it's fuel economy sucks? I really wish Ford would have offered the 4cyl EcoBoost in the current Ranger for this year. If it could have pushed fuel economy into the mid 20's for a 4x4 and got 250hp it would have doubled sales in a 20 year old platform. FUEL ECONOMY,FUEL ECONOMY, FUEL ECONOMY.........That is what a compact truck should have.

uh huh -
Here is a 2009 poll on who would a owner turn to if their brand went away.
http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2009/09/poll-post-1.html

If Silverado "went away" - exerpt "Thirty-four percent chose GMC."
If Sierra "went away" - exerpt "with a full majority (52 percent) picking the sibling brand."

So if GM corp. stopped making GMC Sierra, they'd loose 48 percent of their Sierra customers.
If you based that on 2010 sales, that would translate into a loss of 62,301 units per year.

@ Fred - why would you single me out to read your post?
This whole isssue is rather simple from my perspective - ditch any brand loyalty that you or anyone else holds and buy the product that best suites your wants or desires!
If you absolutely must have a Ford Ranger, then make sure you buy one of the last remaining models and hope it lasts a real long time.
Will Ford ever bring back a Ranger or F100 or something else???
Time will tell.
Ford research already figures most people will get a compact car or Transit van instead of the Ranger.

@Lou - The research I have shows people would much rather have that new Ford Ranger than a F150.

@Kemo in this market, the Ford Ranger would be a Ute not a Truck. The only proper Truck , Ford Australia used to handle was the Ford 9000 Louiville, Tractor truck, that is before it was rebranded a Sterling.

I would much rather have the new F-150 instead of the T6.

@Fred - what research? I'd love to see the data. So would Ford!


I still think it's funny how people on here are just so upset they can't have one. There's plenty of people in Ranger only countries that are upset they can't have an F150. If you want one really badly, just import one from another country!

Posted by: Alex | Jan 22, 2011 9:10:56 AM


Alex clearly hasn't tried. We have something like 12 million illegal aliens in this country. BUT!! How many crew cab diesel ranger pickups have you seen? Or even heard about? Diesel jeeps getting 35 mpg+ ?? Heck, I'd even settle for the diesel powered Subaru or the 62 mpg Honda wagon if there was an all-wheel drive version that would tow 3500 lbs.
But you have not heard of them because they do not make to our shores, period.
It has to make you think. Maybe we should put the EPA in charge of border security??????????????????????????

Less than full-size pickup trucks
Toyota Tacoma - 106,198
Ford Ranger - 55,364
Nissan Frontier - 40,427
Chevy Colorado - 24,642
Honda Ridgeline - 16,142
Dodge Dakota - 13,047
GMC Canyon - 7,992
Suzuki Equator - 1,447

Well, according to the survey Lou referred to, Chevy should be real happy. They have something like a billion dollars worth of sales heading their way ( 55,365 rangers X ave price 20 grand = $1,107,300,000.00) Although I really doubt that much would go to chevy. I think the survey was skewed and that Toyota will pick up the majority of the sales.


CONGRATS FORD!! FOR PISSING AWAY A BILLION DOLLARS IN SALES!!

Not to mention your former employees in Minnesota who now can't afford rent, or food, let alone the new F150 your trying to cram down thier throats. ( Although this IS Minnesota we are talking about, I think they would rather have heat than food. So i guess you would be ok with them tearing your plant apart piece by piece to feed their stoves, right? RIGHT!!!???) Did I mention that the families of the unemployed workers and maybe a few freinds will also abandon Ford in retaliation for them losing their jobs?

If Alan Mulally Had a XXXr things might be different. At least sell the plant and let those clueless Minn geeks/freaks build the EV ranger they've been begging to.

I'm driving 2007 RANGER AND I'd love to switch into new one! thank you ford! greatings from Poland

@Buy American or say Bye to America,

"Who says Toyotas hold their value better?"

These guys do:

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/autos/1011/gallery.kbb_best_resale_value_top_ten/3.html

http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/2011-best-resale-value-awards

So you can spew your vile all you want the FACTS speak for themselves!

The Tacoma is the BEST pickup in retaining value over 5 years. That says it all as to why Tacoma's are tough pickups, they last, solid quality and their resale values prove this.

Go away Toyota hater! Nobody likes your kind.

This looks exactly like the truck in the pickuptrucks.com logo. Mike, do you know something we don't? lol!

@ Lou - "If you absolutely must have a Ford Ranger, then make sure you buy one of the last remaining models and hope it lasts a real long time."

I cannot buy a Ranger. The current Ranger has been neglected for far to long. The T6 is a different beast and is what I would like to purchase.

I need a quad cab and to be able to fit a child safety seat. The F150 is too big.

Its like you're saying buy a hot dog now so years later I can have a steak.

I can not agree with your suggestion to buy a Ranger.

If I am going to buy steak, sir I am going to buy a decent cut.

@Lou - Also please do not tell me to buy a Tacoma because they are as big as a F150 and priced closed to F150. I need a crewcab with rear seating for a child seat and a 6.5' or 7' bed.

@ Buy American or say Bye to America
"I would much rather have the new F-150 instead of the T6" then go buy one many people would rather not have a mega big pork chop truck AKA F150 .

@ Fred You may not want to hear it but with your needs there is only 2 trucks that I know of. The Tacoma (you and oxi will be BFF) or an F150 Super Crew with the longer box option. All others in crew cab have shorter than 6 ft box whether its mid or full size. I guess if you trully NEED a truck you will buy one of these. If you don't buy then you don't need one that bad. Life is full of tough decisions. We can't always have what we want.

"Because it is almost the same size as the current F-150. The Ranger "T6" is no longer a compact pickup. The fuel mileage advantage is very minimal compared to an F-150 with the 3.7L V6.

The T6 is 90% of the size of the current F-150. So does that make the T6 the same size as the previous generation Tundra? No wonder it is not going to be available in America. "

You're absolutely and completely wrong. Stop spreading this idiotic lie.
Go to Ford's Australia website; pull the dimensions of the T6 and look at the numbers for yourself.
I'm sick of these idiots who have nothing better to do than to spread lies.

I looked at the Australian Ford site. There are no dimensions for the new T6 Ranger.

Try again.

Here's the link in full.


http://www.ford.com.au/servlet/Satellite?c=DFYPage&cid=1248884825901&pagename=wrapper&site=FOA

@don, @nick is right, that is the current Asian Ranger, not the new T6

Hi Everyone. The Ranger on the Ford Australia site is the current
Asian Ranger, not the T6. At the Sydney Motor Show I took this photo. The pickup on display was part mockup, as production has not begun on it as yet.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/FordRangerHeight.jpg

That's the old T6/Ranger/whatever? My bad.
No biggie. I'll buy a Nissan.

@don, Yes Asian Ranger. We are waiting for the new Holden Colorado, no date on its introduction. New Toyota Hilux 2012 or 2013, Nissan Navarra to be released with a updated 3 Litre diesel with 405lbs ft of torque, this year. Mitsubishi Triton, updated model maybe 2012-2013, similar to Nissan. Isuzu has released a Mahindra style basic Pickup with a flat tray for small farm work. They are releasing a major refit soon. All of these with exception possibly of the Isuzu are Tacoma sized.

There is no market for smaller trucks in Canada or America ! So they dont need to be sold here !

Full size trucks get the fuel economy of smaller trucks,A Ford,GM,Dodge full size V-8 powered half ton get better gas mileage than a smaller 6 shooter Toyota Tacoma !

Toyota only sells Tacoma's because some women like smaller (though its sized like a 1990 fullsize sized truck) trucks .

And Toyota fanboys/fangirls buy the Tacoma because the Tundra is a complete lemon (engine issues,frame suspension,axle ect) and the Tundra is very rough riding,but yet fanpeople still buy them because of Toyota's discouted pricing,cheap lease rates and they just want or need a full size and are dim witted (brainwashed,lack of brains lack of rational thought)enough just to buy a Toyota (LOL) product !

Looks an awful lot like the 97-2003 F150.If its really that big,who needs it? Ranger is supposed to be small,not full sized.A full sizer with a 4 cylinder...yea,thats a powerhouse...

@paul then again the "4 cylinder" does tow a 27ft Lightweight 5Ver.
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRgu0Ho2X8-d8tu-Vf9_AvgDk8FmnKiKtPm5-HP6jxkzbeVjEoLHg

@ Fred - you need a compact truck that can carry kids safely and a 6.5 box?
Jordan L pointed out - Tacoma and F150 are the only crewcabs with a 6.5 box.
Jordan L also pointed out " If you don't buy then you don't need one that bad."

I had an extended cab Ranger.
I got rid of it for the reasons you described.
No safe room for kids in a car seat and a small box length.

Why get pissed off at Ford or anyone else who choses not to build what you want?
Ford obviously feels that there isn't enough guys like you to make a profit off a billion dollar investment.

Look at it from the perspective of - what do I need?

What do I really,and truly, honestly need?

Separate out wants.

Look at what is the closest to what you need then fan out from there.

Look at everything from cars to CUVs to SUV's to vans to trucks.

If a truck does not exist in the market place that meets your wants or needs then is it the manufactures fault?

I'm pretty sure I saw one of those cold weather testing in Thompson, Manitoba (Canada) last week

Funny so many want a Ranger sized vehicle yet it loses sales every year. Doubtful a change in engines would change that either. IMHO, like the 1/2 ton diesel, we see the vocal minority here. General public wants either no truck or big truck. Having owned 2 Rangers I can say no way would it fit my lifestyle with a family. Simply far too small. I would need a third vehicle to haul my wife and son around with. Even with a 4 cylinder it is not a very good commuter vehicle mileage wise. Subaru made the Baja which was perfect for what many of you want and it tanked. Why would Ford build something they knew was going to flop? You want 6,000lbs towing get a full or mid sized truck. About all I would tow with a Ranger would be 4,000lbs tops.

@DAN WOODS,

You sound like a jealous child with your rant!

I do not need a full-size pickup, a mid-size fits my bill because I owned compact Toyota's when I was younger. Then I did not care for much room and capabilities except off-roading which the Toyota has always been best in class in that category!

Today I have a house to support and a wife and my Tacoma is our main vehicle for trips, etc... because her little Ford ZX-2 is very limited in capability and rather cramped for taking trips with.

The Tacoma has enough cabin room for the both of us and a big enough bed to haul things around with and it is not as big as a full-size that hampers off-road ability!

The Tacoma wins for me and it is sad to see so many full-size pickups out there as trophy pickups, not used at all for its original intentions!



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