Midsized trucks are one of the hottest things around, making it one of the most competitive segments in the US truck market. While new additions to the midsize truck landscape have come around recently with the GMC Canyon and the Chevy Colorado, there’s one truck that most of us wish was still available, and it’s one you’re probably familiar with.
Today if you want to drive a Ford you better like the F-Series, as that’s all you can get with the smallest being the F-150. While a phenomenal truck, the F-150 is still a little too large for some people’s needs. It’s for this reason that Ford originally made the Ranger. In the US, the Ranger’s life ran from 1983-2012. Internationally however, the Ranger started being available overseas in 1998 and is still there today, with a brand new version for 2015.
The global Ranger is available with three different engine setups including a 2.2L inline-4 turbo diesel that’s good for around 150HP and the flagship 3.2L inline-5 turbo diesel that’s good for 197 HP. There’s a gas-powered version too, which is a 2.5L inline-4 that’s good for 163 HP.
While nothing overly exciting about the engine setups, the global Ranger has just enough power to get along fine while keeping impressive KPL (Kilometers Per Liter) stats.
What’s really great is the addition of electric power assisted steering (EPAS) to the Ranger, which helps gives the truck up to 22% better fuel efficiency.
The newest version of the Ranger has a slightly reworked exterior that includes a new grille and hood as well as a new bumper and tailgate in the back. The Ranger is available in 2 or 4-door setups, and is surprisingly roomy inside for it’s smaller stature.
The Ranger can tow up to 7,716 pounds, drive through water just slightly over 31-inches deep, and has some fairly impressive approach and departure angles of 28 and 25 degrees. With 9-inches of ground clearance you won’t be tearing up a heavily-rutted trail any time soon, but then again, that’s not really the point of the Ranger, is it?
Inside the new truck you’ll find a surprisingly nice set of features. The dash features a Sync 2 touchscreen that can include navigation as well as Bluetooth and voice-command capability. A calming blue lighted dash makes for a clean and simple look while giving you as much information as you’d expect form one of Ford’s more expensive SUVs.
So when can you get your hands on this new Ford Ranger? Sadly, if you’re in the US the answer is probably never. The global Ranger is global to pretty much every country but ours, including Mexico. While Ford hasn’t released pricing on the newest version of the Ranger yet, the current base model runs for about $16,000 around the world, so it’s a safe bet it will, too.
While we’re not holding our breath for the new Ranger to hit the streets in the US any time soon, the midsize truck market is only getting hotter, so maybe Ford will have a change of heart and give us back our Ranger.