The plucky compact pickup known as the Ford Ranger may be out of production in America, but most of the rest of the world gets an ultra-modern, turbodiesel pickup that still carries the Ranger name. The 2015 Ford Ranger is getting a slightly new look to go along with all the turbodiesel goodness it packs under its hood, and I find myself still wanting one in my own driveway.
While executives are insistent that there’s no need for another truck besides the F-150, 2016 Ford Ranger prototypes have been caught testing on American soil. That leaves me with the hope that someday soon, I will have the opportunity to buy a small and efficient pickup wearing a Ford badge.
The latest update brings the squared-off jaw of the Ford Everest SUV (another foreign-only vehicle) to the Ranger, though any mechanical updates haven’t been detailed yet. Set to go on sale sometime next year, the official reveal should bring about more than just a new look. The 20 second teaser claims the 2015 Ranger will be smarter, smoother, safer, and stronger, and I’m gonna hold Ford to that.
Perhaps some of the fancy new technologies introduced on the 2015 F-150 will be brought over to Ranger customers, though it’s unlikely the smaller pickup will be graced with aluminum body panels. There are much bigger fish to fry when it comes to weight savings, and the 26 MPG 2015 F-150 still only has the second-best fuel economy of any pickup behind the 28 MPG Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
Maybe once Ram sells enough EcoDiesel models, Ford will finally realize Americans really do want smaller diesel engines for their trucks too. Rumors of a Ranchero revival were quickly shot down, but hope and nostalgia can be a powerful motivator.