Will There Be a Ranger to Compete With the Colorado ZR2?

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Hooray! A new, U.S.-bound Ford Ranger is actually coming! Now that the Blue Oval has confirmed that we’re getting the truck, it’s time to move the speculation on to what kind of truck it’ll be. We know that it’ll be body-on-frame, and that’s about it. What many of us are wondering is if there’ll be an off-road version to compete with the likes of the Colorado ZR2.

The Colorado ZR2 debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show to many adoring fans. It didn’t change much from the concept that we saw a few years back, and will have features like the available diesel engine that many of us wanted. We also learned that the new ZR2 has a trick suspension from Multimatic — the same Multimatic that builds the Ford GT — to help make it more capable than any Colorado that came before it.

Ford has an off-road beast of a truck, and it’s called Raptor. Does Ford really need another badass off-road truck in their lineup?

Midsize trucks already aren’t the cheapest trucks in the world. It’s easy to price a diesel Colorado now — not even the ZR2 — to nearly $50,000. A full-size Raptor doesn’t have a starting price much higher than that.

It’s probably safe to assume that the new Ranger will share pricing similarities to the Colorado and Toyota Tacoma trucks. A Raptor-fied version of that truck would likely crest that $50,000 barrier for a truck that’s not necessarily great at the rest of the everyday truck things.

I want to see Ford making a badass Ranger to go after the Colorado ZR2 and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, but I’m not entirely sure it’s in the cards. We’ll have to wait and see.

What do you think?

Chad Kirchner
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In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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