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My question is: "What changes have there been to the drivetrain?"

The reason I ask is that you usually only see exhaust like that when they are doing drivetrain testing due to changes, updated drivetrain, new drivetrain, etc. Those pipes allow easy attachment of instruments, etc. The current drivetrain is already certified, so what are they changing? New tuning, new emissions equipment, maybe a 2.7 Ecoboost V6, maybe a hybrid drivetrain? Interesting to see that...





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My question is: "What changes have there been to the drivetrain?"

The reason I ask is that you usually only see exhaust like that when they are doing drivetrain testing due to changes, updated drivetrain, new drivetrain, etc. Those pipes allow easy attachment of instruments, etc. The current drivetrain is already certified, so what are they changing? New tuning, new emissions equipment, maybe a 2.7 Ecoboost V6, maybe a hybrid drivetrain? Interesting to see that...
Automotive articles from last May timeframe say a plug-in hybrid is planned for this next generation Ranger.
 

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I think the reason the 5g came out with so little at the beginning, and added as the years have gone on, was because it was essentially a rush place holder generation for North America with the intent of getting something fresh and new in a few years. Ford realized they screwed up taking it away in the first place, and needed to get back into the game quickly. So they just American-ized an existing generation to get their foot in the door before it fully closed on them.

I think the fact that the Tremor package is now across the whole truck lineup (Ranger, F-150, and Superduty) means it'll be around for awhile. And that it was a full Ford Trucks decision, not just a Ranger one. Plus the new F-150 is coming out of the gate in it's first year with a Tremor package, and that also has a Raptor trim. I would agree that having an FX4, Tremor, and Raptor trims/packages seems to saturate the off-road options though in my opinion.

I think they added some different options to it afterwards once they saw that it was actually selling pretty good. Moved up to 2nd place in only a couple years of existence. So might as well put some money into it to get more out.

Also, I'd hope they roll it out better than the Bronco launch because that has been wrought with issues and delays for years. But we shouldn't get into that here.
I 100% agree with pretty much everything you just stated. Can you imagine if Ford brought the 5th gen Ranger to the NA market back when it hit the other global markets? With the Tacoma not getting an update until ‘16, the Ranger would have definitely shook up the midsize market. So foolish of Ford to not offer the 5th gen Ranger sooner!!!

While the Tacoma is a nice truck I don’t understand why is has remained so dominant? The seating position alone is horrible and the crew cab feels far more cramped than a Ranger SuperCrew. I think the 5th gen Ranger beats it in almost every category except for the available options (no crewcab/longbed, no sunroof, etc...). Now with a Tremor package coming, it has a chance in competing with the TRD-Pro.

I’m definitely holding out for the 6th gen Ranger with the hopes of a SuperCrew/longbed? If so, I’d be all over a Lariat with Tremor package too.
 

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I agree. The current ranger weighs almost as much as the current F-150:

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With the price of the current gen bloating, I too wish they'd use aluminum. I read somewhere that the Bronco is using an all new high strength steel ( thinner/lighter ) to save weight, so I think Ford will likely go that route. It's a great concept. Thinner, lighter and yet stronger. But to me, thinner means faster rust through so unless it has some sort of advanced corrosion resistance thinner high strength steel is a farce. I really like my Ranger, but the paint quality is terrible. I love to take the first really nice spring day and detail my vehicle. Except with this thing it means a day of touching up rock chips from the anti skid the past winter.
 

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I like the idea of the new ranger look! However, practicality is best and for me to replace the headlight housing or the bumper or the grill etc. looks like it will be a fight. So although aesthetically pleasing it will be cool to see how easy mods are and price wise!
 

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That’s a shame. I’ll be looking at a Tacoma or Frontier for my next truck then.
Why? Both employ a V6 with less total output and capability than the 2.3T, get worse mileage and still can't tow as much and have lower cargo capacities. Not to mention that Toyota still thinks drum brakes are acceptable in a modern pickup truck and Nissan hasn't updated the Frontier since Bush II was in office.

I'm assuming it's a pride issue then? 🤷‍♂️
 

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Why? Both employ a V6 with less total output and capability than the 2.3T, get worse mileage and still can't tow as much and have lower cargo capacities. Not to mention that Toyota still thinks drum brakes are acceptable in a modern pickup truck and Nissan hasn't updated the Frontier since Bush II was in office.

I'm assuming it's a pride issue then? 🤷‍♂️
no replacement for displacement???

I dunno. seems like a poorly thought out decision.
 

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Why? Both employ a V6 with less total output and capability than the 2.3T, get worse mileage and still can't tow as much and have lower cargo capacities. Not to mention that Toyota still thinks drum brakes are acceptable in a modern pickup truck and Nissan hasn't updated the Frontier since Bush II was in office.

I'm assuming it's a pride issue then? 🤷‍♂️
A pride issue? You know what they say about making assumptions...

Try the lack of port injection. I own a 2020 Ranger and have had nothing but good experiences. Doesn't mean I'm not concerned about the 2.3L longterm.
 

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A pride issue? You know what they say about making assumptions...

Try the lack of port injection. I own a 2020 Ranger and have had nothing but good experiences. Doesn't mean I'm not concerned about the 2.3L longterm.
Asking a question is not an assumption. 🙄

However, if you're suggesting that port injection is superior to direct injection, well that explains why you're okay with purchasing a new truck in the 21st century that still uses drum brakes yet costs over $40,000. Enjoy your Taco.
 

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Asking a question is not an assumption. 🙄

However, if you're suggesting that port injection is superior to direct injection, well that explains why you're okay with purchasing a new truck in the 21st century that still uses drum brakes yet costs over $40,000. Enjoy your Taco.
You literally said yourself you are making an assumption.

I can upgrade the brakes on a tacoma with ease, can you add port injection to the 2.3l easily?
 

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