The boss of Ram Truck, Mike Manley, disclosed lately that reviving the Dakota is “an opportunity for the brand.” Ford’s insiders have also confirmed that the Ranger is slated for a US entry, reports Auto Evolution.
Ford Argentina’s New Programs project head, Justo Armando y Belgrano, is the backbone of the US version Ranger. Not only is Belgrano involved in the development, it appears that he is also the person in charge for the build events for the “New Ranger (P375 ICA).” So, if nothing changes in the plan, the Ranger is expected to begin production next year and it will be launched as 2019MY.
Ford North America and Unite Auto Workers have already signed a contract and this indicates that the Wayne factory in Michigan will be moving its production of the Focus and C-Max to Mexico in order to make room for the Ranger to kick off production.
GM’s mid-size pickup trucks are equipped with the Duramax diesel, so it’s not far-fetched to say that Ford may be tweaking its 3.2-liter TDCi oil-burning engine in its global-spec Ranger to offer more power for its US-spec Ranger.
This means it would be rivaling against the top dog in the midsize category with a diesel mill, the Chevrolet Colorado Duramax.