They are offering the manual transmission, but unknown what trim levels yet. I hope the rear bumper isn't like the Tundra at least. My next truck/suv will be a manual, so that only leaves 4 options unless Ford offers one in the Ranger.
The engine sounds like it might be an improvement over their existing option, “turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four that produces 265 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque”, especially paired with a manual transmission. That said, I’ll stick with my current truck.