So perhaps Ford is listening. News articles identifying a unibody subcompact truck possibly being built in Mexico for the 2022 model year are circulating. This vehicle may be based on the Focus platform, some have also mentioned Fusion. At first I thought, bringing back the Ranchero? I'm all for that, but a Focus sized car? Until I did a little research, I am a fan of the original Ranger. Love the size and capabilities so I compared the 2018 Focus to the 1991 Ranger, regular cab, short wheelbase 2wd. This is what I came up with:
Measurement 1991 Ranger 2018 Focus
Length 176.5" 172.8"
Wheelbase 108 104.3
Height 63.7 58
Head Room 39.2 38.3
Leg Room 42.4 43.1
Hip Room 52.7 53.9
Shoulder Room 54.6 55.6
So basically all of the measurements are real close except for the height, the Focus is about 6 inches lower. The Focus is available with AWD, 2.3L I4 EB putting out 350 hp. Don't believe a "Ranchero" needs that kind of power so perhaps detune the engine to 349 hp.
What would I want in a new "Ranchero"? A quiet comfortable ride, not a stiff ride. Two doors vs four doors and an automatic transmission without auto start/stop. I know I have said in the past that I don't think a 4 cylinder is in my future but if Ford built a Ranchero I would buy it.
1979.5 Ford Ranchero.JPG 169.22KB
Edited by T hawker, 15 September 2018 - 11:03 PM.
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