Originally Posted by Jester983
if Ford puts a V8 in the ranger and makes it a crew cab. I believe that may potentially hurt F-150 sales.... Especially if the ranger can tow roughly the same as the F-150. We all know Ford does not want to hurt their F-150 sales.
Agreed. That is the A#1 reason why I would strongly doubt we'll see a V8 in a Ranger here in the US.
I don't think fuel economy is as much of an issue because the F-150 w/ the 4.6L and an auto already
gets nearly as good mileage as a Ranger w/ the 4.0L does. Put the V8 in a smaller, lighter, slightly more aerodynamic body and I think it would be comparable to the Ranger w/ a 4.0L.
I've been on and off a soap-box for a while about the Gen-II European Focus (C1 based) and how Ford has its head waaaay up its *** over this. The 2008 'redesign' is a kick in the nuts to anyone looking at compact hatches. I was commenting on another forum that a C1 based Focus w/ some nice go-fast toys (read: a MazdaSpeed3 clone) would be fawking sweet. Someone stepped in and suggested that such a car would hurt Mustang sales.. and by gawd I think they have a point.
The F150 vs V8 Ranger issue is the same argument, but even more believable.
The man, he's got us down!
Originally Posted by gasman
If Ford is smart, the 2010 Ranger.....will have an optional Hybrid engine. the first mid-size pickup with a Hybrid engine. I'd buy one of those. they could use the same engine in the Escape Hybrid. and develop a V6 hybrid. There will be a lot of people waiting in line to buy one if Ford decides to build it.
I wouldn't! You'd probably loose some, if not a lot of space in the bed to the batteries. And hybrid isn't all the marketing hype has it as. Trust me, GF owned one for 2 years.. we drove cross country in one. If you do any highway time I think a diesel is a better bargain.
Even the GM 'hybrid' pickup isn't really a hybrid in the traditional sense.