Geez, nobody said that hasn’t happened in the past or that it will never happen again. The question is how much of a premium are they willing to pay? Big difference between a $3K premium and a $20K premium.
Motor Trend just wrote an article on its first drive of 2019 Ford Ranger in the U.S. They confirmed it's a hack job, "an old truck with modern technology". Exactly what I expected when I pre-ordered a 2019 Ranger. Also good news is that the 2.3L engine performs just fine. 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds for the Crew Cab 4x4. https://www.motortrend.com/cars/ford/ranger/2019/2019-ford-ranger-first-test-review/
So I have a 2016 Explorer Platinum in which the lease ends in April. I'm wondering if Ford would extend my lease a few months so I can order the 2020. Does anyone know when the dealers will begin to take orders, and more importantly when the 2020 Explorer will actually hit the streets. Thanks in advance.
Volvo has more luxury cache than Lincoln? Not sure about that (in the US at least).
I think they took a 3 pronged approach - make the base and mid versions very competitive on price, maximize profit on the GT which is a very unique vehicle right now in terms of performance and style (and to take advantage of government credits) and maximize profits on those folks who fall in love with it and just have to have the Black Label amenities.
I think it's a good approach - we'll see if it pans out.
With gasoline engines the fuel cost is the same so it's easier to make up the difference in fuel costs over a few years of ownership. And the cost premium is usually small.
With diesels the upfront cost is a lot higher AND fuel is more expensive making it much more difficult to justify based solely on costs especially after the diesel software scandals have lowered fuel economy ratings to where they should have been all along.
Diesel truck buyers pay a premium for long term durability and power, not lower fuel costs.
The extra HP and Torque come from the transmission, not the engine.
Note that I didn't say it had the same drivetrain, just the same engine. And I didn't mean it in a negative way, I think it's fantastic.