Well Ford did just bring the Foreign diesels into the US in the last couple years in the Transits. I Believe Ford is just thinking of different things to use in the Michigan plant since it is currently the one making all the Focus's and smaller cars. It would be nice to see them in production again, as long as they change it a little from the look of the T6.
Possible engine options (obviously they wouldn't offer all of these, but I'm thinking aloud)
2.0L Ecoboost - I get around 30mpg highway and 26 combined with this in my Fusion.
A small PSD to compete with the diesel going in the Colorado
3.7L V6 that is offered in the Mustang
Hybrid for fleet models
Coyote - why the hell not?
They need to offer it with a turbo diesel... something like a 2.5-3.5 liter straight four or V6. And it should be made to allow easy removal of emissions junk so longer life and better fuel mileage can be extracted from the engine... and allow for hop ups.
And offer a crew cab. And a solid front axle option. And a manual transmission with a manual transfer case. Oh, and offer it without a pickup bed so we can build our own flatbed for it...
In other words, pretty much give us what the Aussies get... we want a strong mid size truck with a strong diesel... without a weak IFS front suspension.
I would clean up my current Ranger and trade it in for a little turbo diesel Ranger...
Hate to dig up old bones but I was hoping you guys might know a little more about the rumored 2018 US Ranger.
The latest rumor I have read is that as part of the new UAW contract Ford will be building the Ranger in the Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) along with a new Bronco that will use the same chassis. Those models will replace the Focus and other small vehicles currently built at MAP. Ford has already stated that those cars will be leaving MAP about the same time and speculation is they will be moved to a new plant in Mexico despite all the grandstanding/threats from Trump.