The folks as TopSpeed have put their thinking caps on to imagine what Ford has in mind for the new Ford Ranger midsize truck when it finally comes to America, probably as a 2018 model. Ford is planning to move production of its Focus and C-Max vehicles to a new factory in Mexico. That will make room for US production of the Ranger and perhaps a new Ford Bronco as well to begin.
Great news, fellow gear heads! Ford has just announced plans to invest more than $700 million into its existing Michigan assembly plants in order to … are you ready? In order to build the new Ford Ranger and a new Ford Bronco in- and for!- the US market! (!!)
Ford’s train-hauling Euro-Ranger has been forbidden fruit to US buyers since its introduction several years ago. Those of us who knew about it stared at pictures of it lustfully, and we hope that it makes its way to US shores largely unmolested by US market “experts”. I say hope because Ford’s plans are just that at the moment: plans.
Investing in new tooling and training to produce the Ford Ranger and Bronco in the US is part of larger deal between Ford and the UAW, which still have to come to terms on the whole deal. If they do, a total of $9 billion will be invested into 22 US plants by Ford, helping to maintain employment of the more than 8500 workers at the Michigan Assembly Plant, alone. If they do start building a new Bronco, it’s more likely to be something Ranger-based, like the Euro-market Ford Everest …
… which would make sense, since the previous Ranger-based Bronco II evolved, eventually, into the Ford Explorer, which has now gone to a more car-like unibody frame.
So, lots of question marks and lots of room for speculation about what the news of a new Ford Ranger or Ford Bronco really means. Regardless, two storied nameplates are returning after a long, long absence, and Ford will amass tons of goodwill for it. Good on them.
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Source | Images: Gearheads, Ford.
We’re pretty excited about GM’s upcoming 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon twins- and, judging from the fact that posts about the new GM mid-sizers are usually among our most popular, so are you! Like many of you, I think, I’m particularly drawn to the smaller extended-cab version of the new trucks, which will only be offered in either extended or 4-door “crew cab” configurations. I’d been under the impression that I couldn’t fit a child seat in the back of an extended-cab Colorado, though, so- for the associated cost reasons- it had been removed from my ever-shortening list of potential new car options.
That was yesterday. Today, it’s back on.
Thanks to some clever packaging details worked in by GM’s world-class designers, the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon extended-cab twins can, indeed, swallow a full-size child seat. Don’t take my word for it, though- check out this 3d animation GM released a few days ago to see how it all works, then let us know if you’ve got GM’s new diesel-powered trucklets on your shopping lists in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Source | Images: GM, via World Car Fans.
Chris’ petition to Ford trying to convince the blue oval boys to bring their “world-market” diesel Ranger to the US has been, comment-wise, one of the most popular posts in Gas 2’s short five-year history. Despite our pleas, increasingly stringent CAFE standards on light trucks, the recession, the complete absurdity of driving a full-size pickup as a daily driver (you don’t need that thing, and you know it) and much internet complaining, however, Ford maintains that it has no plans to bring its sweet new ride to the US market.
Adding fuel to America’s small-truck lust, British car mag Autocar just released a review of the 30+ mpg, 4-cylinder, diesel-engined, crew-cab version of the latest Ford Ranger. Which, despite its having enough room to fit most families and tow damn-as-near anything (up to and including a 160-ton locomotive), the reviewer actually liked (!). Automotive journalists never like things that are safe, practical, and “green”.
Autocar write Allan Muir sums up his Ranger experience with “Rugged enough to cope with life as a workhorse yet comfortable and well equipped enough to perform family and leisure-related duties as well, the Ranger is a much more likeable vehicle than you might have expected,” which makes me wish we’d get the chance, in Ford’s home country, to decide for ourselves whether the diesel Ranger makes sense for us.
Until that day comes, enjoy these pictures (below) and click through the link (at bottom) to check out the original review.
Source | Photos: Autocar.