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Holding Breath, Euro-Spec Ford Ranger Debuts

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On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:17PM | By: Chris Salamone

Holding Breath, Euro-Spec Ford Ranger Debuts

Back and February, a few spy shots popped up on the internet which tantalized viewers with the possibility of a future all-new Ford Ranger playing around the streets of Los Angeles. Up until now, Ford has kept a tight lid on an impending Ranger – refusing to provide the juicy details. But the Euro specific commercial vehicle show in Burmingham, UK has arrived, and Ford cometh with a full lineup of all-new Rangers.

As usual, buyers can expect 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains and three cab body types: regular, super, and double. But, unlike in the United States, Ford has opted to value practicality with the European Ranger’s duo of powertrain options…which only feature diesel fuel.

“With the full line-up on show together for the first time, European customers can now see the exciting potential of the all-new Ranger pickup for themselves,” said Jesus Alonso, director CV Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. “We have designed this vehicle to be great for work and great for leisure, and customers will appreciate the difference as soon as they get behind the wheel.”

The best part: both diesel engines can be paired with a six speed automatic OR manual transmission. Fuel economy looks impressive too, achieving a combined 29.7 miles per gallon on the larger 3.2L five-cylinder and an unbelievable 38.7 miles per gallon on the smaller 2.2L four-cylinder.

Ford claims this upcoming Ranger will be new from the ground up, offer greater payload capacity, class-dominant towing, and loads of modern technology for convenience, safety, and comfort.

While we have no word yet on a future Ranger debut in the United States, last February’s testing might be cause for celebration. Of course, it still remains unclear if those spy shots actually captured a Ranger in transit, but we can always dream. And even if the all-new Ranger tested here, that doesn’t mean the blue oval wants to take another shot at medium sized trucks. Time will tell.

One thing is for sure, however. Americans have always had a soft spot for past Ford Rangers – as evidenced by continuously buying a severely outdated vehicle. And personally, a 3.2L diesel mated to six-speed manual transmission would all but require an immediate trip to the dealership. The real question, though, is whether or not Ford is willing to offer features commonly labeled as ‘European’ on the company’s home turf.

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dwalter | 4:45PM (Thu, Apr 26, 2012)

Hope they look less awkward in person

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