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New photos of left-hand-drive future Ford Ranger mules reveal a bit more about Ford's next-generation global small truck. The single and double cab versions seen in these photos appear to share a common wheelbase, though the lumpy sheet metal they wear is strictly a placeholder for the future body-on-frame cab and cargo box we've yet to see. Overall, the new Ranger, expected by 2012, appears a bit larger than the current Ranger sold in the U.S., which isn't available in a four-door crew cab configuration.

The new pickup likely means all Ford Ranger models will be built on a single global platform, code-named T6, that's being designed in Australia. The current U.S.-built and overseas Ford Ranger models share only their names.

An industry source says the T6 Ranger for the U.S. will likely be powered by a new 1.6-liter, four-cylinder direct-injection, turbocharged EcoBoost engine producing at least 175 horsepower and 180 pounds-feet of torque.

P.S. For our good friends at Truck Trend, the black mule pictured above is this mystery truck. And the reason it's riding so low is that there's steel ballast in the bed to simulate a heavy payload.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2009/05/spied-again-future-ford-ranger.html



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I think it looks great. Maybe it will give the Frontier a run for its money. Autoblog's Podcasters praise the Frontier for some reason and place the Ranger second. I think a crew cab woub be a good choice..
 

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From AutoBlog:

As previously reported, Ford's Australian arm is currently developing a new global small truck platform that will underpin the next Ford Ranger here in the United States. Codenamed T6, the truck is likely to be offered in both standard and extended cab configurations and offer various gas and diesel powerplants depending on the country it's sold in.

An eagle-eyed spy shooter in Australia managed to snap off a series of photos of the T6 Ranger out and about in the land of Oz being tested in predictably camouflaged form. Although it may look like a mangled Mazda BT-50, those body panels have only been fitted to mask the pickup's true identity. Previous reports suggest that a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder powerplant with roughly 175 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque will be offered here in the States. Assuming the new truck does in fact make the trip to America, expect it to show up in 2012.

Link: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/06/02/spy-shots-aussie-market-2012-ford-ranger-spotted/

I did not post pics because you can click the link above to get the pics.
 
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