New 2015 Ford Ranger U.S. Release Date
Just yesterday, Ford unveiled the latest, refreshed version of the Ranger at the Bangkok Auto Show, and although the midsize truck looks and sounds more impressive than ever, it doesn’t look as if we’ll ever get our hands on it here in America. Despite Ford’s claim that the new Ranger will be offered in 180 different markets worldwide, unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a 2015 Ford Ranger U.S. release date on the horizon.
If you are a Ranger enthusiast, you likely know that the Ranger was pulled from the U.S. lineup back in 2012 after sales numbers failed to reach the heights that they were in international markets. There was a small run of 2012 models built for the fleet market, but after that batch was made, the Ranger was crossed off from all U.S. production lists, and as it happened so recently, it’s not likely to return any time soon.
This is extremely unfortunate as the pictures and news of the Ranger that came from the Thailand auto show has us drooling. As it is built for international markets—markets, mind you, that realized the benefits of diesel fuel a long time ago—there are two diesel engine options and a smaller, gas-burning engine. The largest of the triple threat of engines is a 3.2-liter diesel five-cylinder that turns out 347 lb-ft of torque.
Unlike the 2015 Ford F-150 that we know here in the states, the body of the Ranger is built of steel, but it finds other ways of increasing fuel economy ratings. According to the automaker, there is a redesigned exhaust gas recirculation system, an automatic start/stop feature and an available longer final drive ratio, all of which combine to help boost the overall fuel economy of the Ranger by as much as 18 percent.
On the inside, the Ranger comes equipped with a slew of fresh technology that would help to give it more than a fighting chance against the Colorado, Tacoma and other midsize trucks that we are familiar with here in America. The list of technology in the pickup includes lane keeping, adaptive cruise control and a “driver impairment monitor” that audibly warns drivers when they are weaving in and out of the lines.
With so many new upgrades for the 2015 Ford Ranger, it is truly unfortunate that we won’t be seeing it hit American soil. If you are one of the lucky people who reside in the 180 markets that the Ranger will be released in, you can expect to get your hands on the new model sometime during the third quarter of the year, which is when the new Ranger release date is scheduled for. We couldn’t be any more jealous.
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