I really believe the Ranger that is currently sold in other countries, like Australia would be a big hit here. Comparable size and very good fuel economy. If emission regulations are too tough (economically speaking) for a diesel powered Ranger in the USA then perhaps some Eco-Boost engines. I really think the compact trucks/midsize trucks need to stay the size of the current Ranger not grow as large as the Tacoma, Frontier & Dakota.
Place a high priority on fuel economy. Could a 6 or 7 speed dual clutch transmission be used in the Ranger? A dual clutch transmission would provide some additional fuel savings.
Towing capacity of 5000-5500 is sufficient, I know some of the mid size trucks are quite a bit higher but it's not necessary.
I would not like to see a uni-body truck like the Honda Ridgeline though. No 6' bed is a deal breaker for me!
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