Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Ford’s Greatest Tease

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

You can cling to hope all you want, but the fact remains that the new Ford Ranger won’t be sold in the United States. Ford’s reasoning is that its new compact pickup is too close in size to the F-150, and buyers should just opt for that truck.

That reasoning doesn’t make sense, though. Ford has 5 crossovers/SUVs and 5 different cars, so by its own logic shouldn’t have a Fusion, because it offers the Taurus. And it shouldn’t have the Escape, because it has the Explorer. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Yet for some reason, when it comes to trucks, that’s the thinking that has prevailed.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak frontIf there’s any compact pickup that has potential to ignite a sales fire in the U.S., it’s the newly unveiled Ranger Wildtrak and the available 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission. No F-150 can match it, yet the only hope a U.S. citizen has of getting one is to try and sneak one over the Mexican border.

Good luck with that.

It’s not just the truck’s size or diesel engine or 6-speed or “baby Raptor” styling that has legions of fans smitten; it’s the fact that this could be one of the best products ever produced by Ford. This truck makes the F-150 look absolutely ancient.

If you aren’t already pining for this tantalizing piece of forbidden fruit Ford is freely flaunting in our faces, check out the teaser video on YouTube. You’ll find yourself ready to launch a petition campaign and do whatever it takes to bring the Wildtrak to our corner of the globe.

Would Ford listen if there were an uprising here demanding the new Ranger? I don’t know. Maybe ever-increasing gas prices will convince Ford’s decision-makers. All I know for sure is that if the new Ranger doesn’t arrive here, there are plenty of Toyota dealers who will happily show you a Tacoma instead.

Would you be interested in a compact, diesel-powered truck that can haul 5 people and tow 7,400 pounds? What if it had a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine? Either way, it sounds like truck perfection to me.

-tgriffith

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