2009 Ford F-150
The weekly newser suggests this morning in its online edition that the Ranger replacement is being spun from the new F-150's platform. The new truck--dubbed internally as P525--will be lighter and slightly smaller than the new F-er, the News says.
The new truck might carry the name F-100, the old moniker for the full-size truck as late as the 1970s. It's likely that it will be built alongside the F-Series at Ford's Wayne, Mich., plant, which means the closing date for the Ford plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, is likely nigh.
The News also says the new truck will have clever cargo-organization space like other mid-size trucks like the Honda Ridgeline. A version of Ford's Ecoboost V-6 could be the powertrain.
Ford's plan seems to be like the Nissan tactic--Nissan's Frontier is based on the Titan. Being a former Ranger owner, I'm not sure if I would want a bigger truck--as TheCarConnection.com writes in our Bottom Line review of the 2008 Ford Ranger, one of its best and highest uses is as a four-cylinder work truck. Will that go away if Ford upsizes the Ranger into the F-100? Tell us in a comment below.