Next-Gen Ford Ranger

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As usual, the US won't get the good stuff like the diesel engines and it's doubtful we will get the manual transmission, no word yet on EV or hybrid variants. If Ford follows their past pattern, they will launch with the gasoline automatic and in a year or two introduce the hybrid.

I'm not thrilled with the massive center screen replacing physical controls or the electronic parking brake and 4WD system, but if it comes in a hybrid or a gasoline manual transmission, I will suck it up and put it on the short list.
 

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The more I think about the Ranger, the less I like it. The styling aside, I don't want a tablet for a center stack, I don't want "terrain management" where I have to fiddle with settings - just 4WD high-range, 4WD low range, and diff lock will do fine. This truck seems to add electronic bullshit for no reason - why is there an electronic e-brake on a truck?! Why? That defeats the entire purpose of having a mechanical redundancy - and how are you supposed to release that brake if the battery is flat? Same with the electronic shifter on the automatic transmission.

It's getting a solid "meh" from me now that I think about it. It brings nothing new to the table and a whole lot of stuff I don't like.
 

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Isn't the Ranger first and foremost for markets outside the US anyway? The interest has been growing over the past decade or so, to the point where everyone scrambled to cobble a pickup together and get a piece of the sales. Renault Alaskan, Mercedes X Class, Fiat Fullback, etc. I think it was the VW Amarok that started it, bringing things like a smooth V6 diesel, 8 speed auto and permanent car-type AWD, making the Hilux look like farm equipment.

Personally I like that VW realized Amarok buyers were going to be using them for commuting and perhaps negotiating sloppy building sites, so full-time AWD was a better choice than the usual 2WD/4WD most pickups had until then.

I also keep reading that VW will sell the Ranger as the next Amarok, so I bet they had some influence over development.
 

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I wanted to like the lastest Ranger, but the automatic only killed it for me. Adding more crap on top isn't going to make me like the next generation anymore.

I think the days of a no-frills truck are gone. Even work trucks from the big 3 have to have a screen for the stereo to comply with the federal mandate on backup cameras.
 

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I wanted to like the lastest Ranger, but the automatic only killed it for me. Adding more crap on top isn't going to make me like the next generation anymore.

I think the days of a no-frills truck are gone. Even work trucks from the big 3 have to have a screen for the stereo to comply with the federal mandate on backup cameras.


The cheapest option available is going to be the Maverick. I don't think that is much better with what you don't want.
 
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