Mike Manley, the head of Ram Truck, revealed that bringing back the Dakota is “an opportunity for the brand.” Sources close to Ford have also confirmed that the Ranger is expected to make its way back into US, according to Auto Evolution.
Justo Armando y Belgrano, the New Programs project head at Ford Argentina, is the man behind the US-spec Ranger. Belgrano not only has a hand in the development, he is also responsible for the build events for the “New Ranger (P375 ICA).” If everything goes according to plan, the Ranger is slated to start production in 2018 to be launched as a 2019 model.
Ford North America has already signed an agreement with the United Auto Workers and this would mean the Wayne plant in Michigan will be shifting production of the Focus and C-Max to Mexico to give space for the Ranger’s production.
Since General Motor’s mid-size pickup trucks are fitted with a Duramax diesel, it may be likely that Ford would take its 3.2-liter TDCi oil-burning engine in its European-spec Ranger a notch higher for the US Ranger.
So, this implies that it would be directly competing against the leading diesel model in the midsize category, the Chevrolet Colorado Duramax.