The 2012 Ford Ranger, expected to debut for the 2012 model year, will feature an EcoBoost 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. PickupTrucks.com spotted this one and have more details for us on the lonely island-of-a-segment.
The Ranger we have today has been around since 1998, it's heavily based on the chassis before it, which was heavily based on the chassis before that, this new one is rumored to be n all-new redesign, so we're talking exciting times for compact truck buyers. The new Ranger, dubbed the T6, is being developed out of Australia as a global platform, and because it's in Aussie hands there's a high probability of additional awesome. Part of that awesome will come from the under-development 1.6 liter, direct injection, turbocharged EcoBoost inline-four, a 175 HP, 180 lb-ft version of the 365 HP twin turbo in the Taurus SHO.
According to the boys of at Pickuptrucks.com, the sheet metal we're seeing isn't production intent, though the US market is likely to get a real four-door version of the truck this time. Expect the new truck to be slightly larger than the current model, though it will still stay in the compact truck segment. [Pickuptrucks.com]