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One of the things I love about my e30 and my 2000 civic hatch. Tiny little things; I can fit me in my pocket!
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Yep. Having a truck is great; both trucks I've owned were super useful and I am on and off considering buying another. I would never get a full size nowadays though; having a truck that big is so limiting in where you can go and park. Hell, I think the Colorado and Tacoma are too big nowadays.
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If it were manual, 4x4, and a 4cyl, I'd be on my way right now!
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Yeah, I'm kind of regretting my f150 purchase now. After owning it for a year and a half, I've come to the realization that it's more truck than I need. Don't get me wrong, it's super comfy and roomy, but I don't take advantage of its towing capacity, and now everyone wants me to help them move. I think I'll most likely dump my truck next year. I'm hopefully getting the golf r I've had my eyes on, and the wife wants an audi q5, so we'll have no use for it anymore.
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Some people just don't want the larger truck even if they are close in price.
Exactly, working downtown and the small parking lots at some of our schools. I loved having a midsize truck compared to my full size truck co-workers. Some of the schools I'd park and then have to wait for them to finish parking.

And maybe I'm missing something, but I've never understood the argument that a few more dollars gets you a fullsize. When ever I look at prices thats comparing the price of a fully loaded midsized truck to a base model or barely optioned full sized truck. Seems like a similarly optioned Silverado is ~10k more than a Colorado.
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Spied: 2019 Ford Ranger














Ford's new midsize pickup was spotted in Colorado.
When Ford announced last year that the Ranger would return to America, speculation began in earnest as to the size, shape and overall approach the pickup would take. Well, here's our first look.



Ford's new midsize truck was spotted in Colorado, wearing what was essentially just skin-deep camouflage. Frankly, this prompts more questions than it answers, as what we're seeing is obviously just a ROW model with some vinyl wrap and what appears to be a hacked-up front bumper.

Under that is a body that is obviously catered to non-U.S. tastes. It's very car-like for a body-on-frame pickup, sporting cues that wouldn't be out of place on a Honda Ridgeline. Whether that has any bearing on the final design is anybody's guess at this point.

Since we have no idea what styling direction Ford will take with the new Ranger, we're hesitant to draw any conclusions from what is very likely a simple powertrain mule.

On that front, we're expecting the Ranger will boast a range of EcoBoost engine options, perhaps alongside a naturally-aspirated V6 and a small-displacement diesel. We'll share what we learn as we learn it.




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2019 Ford Ranger spy shots - Image via CarAdvice
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Ford’s bringing back the Ranger for the 2019 model year, and a prototype for the new mid-size pickup truck has just been spotted.
The photo, and others like it, was posted by CarAdvice and comes just a day after we saw photos of a high-performance off-road variant tipped to use the Raptor name.
The prototypes were spotted in Australia where most of the development is taking place.
The new Ranger is more of an extensive update of the current Ranger that’s been offered globally since 2011 rather than a true next-generation design. The version depicted here is a global model. The Ranger destined for the United States is expected to differ slightly, both mechanically and visually, though the size and shape should remain much the same.
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The new Ranger is based on Ford’s T6 body-on-frame platform which underpins the current Ranger as well as an SUV derivative dubbed the Everest. Ford engineers are working on an updated Everest alongside the new Ranger.
We’ll also get an SUV derivative of the new Ranger for the 2020 model year. It’s set to revive the Bronco nameplate, though it’s unclear whether the vehicle will be a separate model or a version of the Everest.
It’s too early to talk powertrains but we know the current Ranger is offered with a pair of diesels: a 2.2-liter inline-4 with 158 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque and a 3.2-liter inline-5 with 197 hp and 346 lb-ft. It’s likely U.S.-spec Rangers will offer gasoline mills, though a torquey, fuel-sipping diesel would be nice to see on the options list.
Production of the new Ranger and Bronco for North America will take place at Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan. Potential rivals for the pickup include the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.
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It Looks Like Ford Is Making A Ranger Raptor




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We’ve known since the beginning of the year that there’s going to, finally, be a new Ford Ranger coming to the U.S. market by 2019. The Ranger has been alive and well overseas, but that’s not the one that will be coming here. We’ll be getting an all-new Ranger, and, based on what we can tell from these spy photos, there will be a Raptor version of the Ranger as well.


The Ranger is a smaller truck than the F-150, which should likely only help it in Raptorized form, though a modern mid-sized truck is still a pretty substantial beast.


Though heavily disguised, you can easily see the massive fender flares, short overhangs, and what looks like a skid plate under there that gives away that this is likely the Raptor version of the Ranger.






While we believe this is the U.S.-spec Ranger, it does seem to be right-hand-drive, suggesting that this version of the Ranger will make it to other markets, like Australia, that glorious RHD world where the Ranger is still sold.


The Ranger Raptor is expected to have the 2.7-liter Ecoboost and 10-speed transmission from the F-150, which keeps it a notch below the F-150 Raptor’s 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost.
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That 2.7-liter engine makes 325 horsepower in the F-150, but it may get a bump in Ranger Raptor context.


The proportions look pretty good, but I’m eager to see it next to an F-150 to get a better sense of the size. It’s not yet known if the production version will offer the fetching op-art dot-spheres wrap as an option like this test truck is wearing, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
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2020 Ford Bronco To Get 325 HP 2.7L EcoBoost V6 According To Report



The Ford Motor Company is a year away from putting the 2019 Ranger into production at its Michigan Assembly Plant. After the mid-size pickup, the 2020 Bronco will follow with 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 power and Troller T4-inspired looks, apparently.




Gear Patrol had a talk with an engineer close to the Bronco development team, claiming that the engine in the Fusion Sport is a befitting choice for the mid-size sport utility vehicle. From the intimate details shared by the engineer, one highlight is that Ford is using the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as the benchmark vehicle. Except for rock crawling, the Blue Oval wants the all-new Bronco to be able to hold its own when the going gets rough.

The reason why rock crawling isn’t a priority for Ford stems from the aluminum-intensive platform of the Bronco, a body-on-frame architecture derived from the Ranger. Despite this limitation, the source assured Gear Patrol that the newcomer would meet water wading depth requirements of 500 millimeters (19.7 inches). Enthusiasts expecting a Raptor-ified Bronco shouldn’t jump for joy for such a model is “not even in the works yet.”

One detail that might seem a bit deviant for a vehicle of this type is the possibility ofa hybrid version.” We all know the F-150 will rock down this route in a few years’ time, but such a powertrain doesn't make sense in the case of an adventure- and lifestyle-oriented vehicle the Bronco intends to be. I’d be mightily happy if the Ford Motor Company would prove me wrong.

At the present moment, the unnamed Ford engineer claims the Bronco is in the third design phase. “If you’re familiar with the Troller (pictured), out of Brazil, that’s the basic concept, but it’ll look like a four-door version of that.” The automaker apparently doesn’t have plans on offering a two-door model because “there’s just no market for it.” Reading between the lines, competition from Jeep is stiff, and Ford is playing it safe.

In a bid to steal some customers away from Jeep's Wrangler, the Bronco is expected to gain a removable modular roof. The setup, apparently, consists of three separate sections. Allegedly, only the top sections are removable.
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Ford is finally bringing the Ranger back to North America and new details are starting to emerge about the upcoming model.

Set to arrive in 2019, the Ranger will slot below the F-150 and tackle the popular Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma.

Ford has already confirmed the truck will ride on a body-on-frame platform but the company has been tight-lipped on further specifics.

However, Motor Trend is reporting the model could be offered with a variety of different engines including a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops more than 175 hp (130 kW) and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque. There are also rumors about a 3.3-liter V6 engine sourced from the 2018 F-150 where it develops 290 hp (216 kW) and 265 lb-ft (358 Nm) of torque. The report also suggests the possibly of a third engine which may be a diesel or an EcoBoost variant.

Nothing is official as of yet but the report says the Ranger will likely be available in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations with prices starting in the low $20,000 range. Higher-end variants could come equipped with an assortment of luxury-oriented features including LED headlights, heated/ventilated front seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
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Ford Ranger “Raptor” Spied Again Hiding Special Chassis Bits







Ford might rule the full-size truck world in the United States, but it has a gap the size of a small pickup in its lineup. That’s about to change, as Ford announced that it is finally bringing back the Ranger, along with the super-hyped Bronco SUV, to the land of 50 states. Dearborn’s former sales monster will return to a revitalized segment to compete against new players like the Honda Ridgeline and renewed Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (not to mention an old foe, the Toyota Tacoma).
Ford already is looking one level up to the Colorado ZR2 and the Tacoma TRD Pro, special off-road versions of the aforementioned. Our spy photographers have caught a beefier Ranger test vehicle in action, and its parts paint a picture that looks awfully similar to that of a shrunken F-150 Raptor.
This is not the first time we’ve seen a Ranger prototype with these bits, but this time the photographer got so close that the engineer minding the truck actually threatened to fight him (that’s not the first time a prototype driver has gotten testy, and surely won’t be the last).



As in those earlier photos, this Ranger wears thick, knobby 285/70R-17 BF Goodrich All-Terrain TA tires around blacked-out versions of the 17-inch cast aluminum wheels seen on the F-150 Raptor. It also was lifted higher, had wider fenders, sat on bigger shocks, and showed a resculpted nose. Interestingly, the underbody was covered to hide whatever Ford’s cooking up—skidplates for off-road protection? Long-travel suspension like that on the Raptor?

Although we’re expecting the Ranger to debut with an EcoBoost four-cylinder and possibly a naturally aspirated V-6, there’s also a chance the Ranger would bring a diesel into the mix. According to our photographer, this prototype had the grumble of a diesel, which would help align it with the diesel-powered Colorado. Or it could simply be an engine from and for other markets around the world.
Though we called this the Ranger “Raptor” in our headline, that name is more a placeholder until we get details about the real name; Ford could use the FX4 tag we’ve seen on some of Ford’s less-extreme off-road packages. Either way, we’re excited. This off-road Ranger will likely arrive shortly after the base car does in 2019 for the 2020 model year.

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Ford's Australian division has spilled the beans.
Ford's Australian arm has confirmed that the company will produce an off-road-oriented Raptor version of its all-new Ranger mid-size pickup truck.



The subject of rumors for the better part of two years, Ford Australia confirmed this week that a Ranger Raptor model will launch "across Asia Pacific" sometime in 2018. Given the success of the larger F-150 Raptor and the Ranger's long-awaited return to the United States market, we'd be shocked if the Raptor didn't appear in dealers nationwide here.
No technical specs were given and the prototype truck in Ford's teaser video remains cloaked in camouflage, but it's easy to see that the Ranger Raptor will enjoy the same kind of off-road hardware baked into the F-150 Raptor. As for powertrain, we're expecting an EcoBoost V6 with as much as 400 horsepower hooked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It remains unknown, however, if Ford will go with its 3.5L V6 or its smaller 2.7L V6.
The regular version of the Ranger is slated to enter production at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant next year, so we shouldn't have to wait long for the hoped-up Raptor model.
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Yassss! I love the Raptor, a smaller variant that is a reasonable size on the street is very appealing.
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So much confusion, no camo whatsoever, no manufacturer plates, and tinted windows plus decals on the back window???
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So much confusion, no camo whatsoever, no manufacturer plates, and tinted windows plus decals on the back window???
looks like an SVT tag on the vent on the front fender too
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So someone in the spotters group ID'd the tag (it's just the Mexico only Ranger)
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