Ford Announces 2015 Ford Ranger For The World, But Still Not For U.S. Or Canada

Ford has officially pulled the wraps off the 2015 Ranger at the Bangkok International Motor Show. The freshened midsize pickup truck brings a revised appearance and new technologies that bring it inline with its passenger SUV stablemate, the recently-revealed Ford Everest.

The most noticeable changes to the 2015 Ford Ranger begin with an updated exterior design that features a bold and more modern look. A redesigned hood flows into a strong new trapezoidal grille and new projector headlamps.  Inside, the 2015 Ranger features a fully-resculpted interior, along with dual-TFT instrument clusters and an eight-inch touchscreen.

The 2015 Ranger is available with the following three engines choices::

  • 2.5L Duratec inline four cylinder gasoline engine making 164 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque
  • 2.2L Duratorq inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 158 horsepower and 283 pound-feet of torque. This motor also has a high-efficiency variant making 128 horsepower and delivering up to a 22 percent improvement in economy.
  • 3.2L Duratorq inline five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 197 horsepower and a healthy 347 pound-feet of torque

The 2015 Ranger will be sold in more than 180 markets worldwide but, as we know, Ford has decided that both the U.S. and Canada don’t deserve it. What we will miss is its class-leading ability to wade through 800 mm (31 inches) of water, its 230 mm (9 inch) ground clearance, and a host of optional technology aids like Lane Keeping Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert, Front & Rear Park Assist and more.

If we go back a few years, especially before the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon arrived to the U.S. and Canada, we could understand Ford’s reasoning not to bring the new Ranger here. However, with both of these selling well even in areas you might not have guessed, we’d surmise that it’s only so long before Ford tires of seeing would-be midsize truck buyers flock to its cross-town rival.


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