Diesel Ford Ranger

Being a diehard, 3rd generation Ford lover, I get very concerned when I see my beloved auto manufacturer making a grave mistake. I currently live in England (UK), and have been enviously watching these Brits drive around in their awesome diesel Ford Rangers for about 5 years now (I move back to U.S. in 2016). A prouduct that has been discontinued in the U.S.. Also, i'm aware that Ford Motor Company tested the Diesel Ranger in the U.S., but decided on a Eco-Max F-150 instead. Recently I read an article from the Chevrolet website, stating they will be offering the first of its class, mid-sized diesel pick-up in 2015. It is called the World Platform Chevrolet Canyon (Holden). I believe this move by GM will revolutionize American trucks. Those diesel Chevrolet Canyons will probably fly off the lot. What's very disturbing about this situation is that Ford was poised to do the exact same thing back in 2012, with World Platform Ranger, but decided against it.  Listen, not all Americans like big/bulky trucks.  I've been driving a single cab 1994 Ford ranger for 16yrs, and love it.  I'm 5'10" and dont need a stepping stool to get things in and out of the bed. Plus, I've hauled/towed about anything you can think of with the 4.0 V6.  Now, if my truck was a 4 door diesel, my options would be limitless.  I wholeheartedly believe Ford has missed the chance of a lifetime here. Or, maybe Ford is taking a strategic approach to see how the diesel Chevrolet Colorado launches? If the diesel Colorado is a flop, then Ford havent wasted anything.  Ford, please bring a diesel mid-sized truck to the U.S., preferebly under the Ranger nametag!!! Finally, offer a diesel mid-sized truck in the U.S. with a manual transmission (GM is not)! Do this before Toyota Brings the diesel Hilux to the U.S., because by then, it will be too late. Thanks...for reading my rant!
Kelly 05/23/2014
I would love to be able to buy a rugged, 9 Speed, Diesel Ranger. Designed like the old military jeeps; for cheap Manufacturing & Maintenance simplicity (only with sound dampening and airbags). Then, if it had an 8" box with fold down sides and tool boxes underneath, even the Aussies would buy it.
meg read 03/28/2014
I came on line today to see if there was somewhere I could suggest to Ford that they build a 4-door turbo diesel four cylinder with a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission. Obviously someone beat me to it. Here in the mountains of western Canada, people resort to gas Toyotas, right-drive diesel Toyotas (2nd hand private imports), and Subaru station wagons to handle local conditions. None of these are ideal. The gas Toyotas are stupidly overpriced, the Hiluxes difficult to service due to lack of parts and know-how, and the Subarus are, of course, not trucks. When buddies and I saw the Ranger Crew-Cab come out, all agreed that when styling upgrades and a turbo-diesel stick shift combo appeared we'd all buy them. Having waited a couple of years, I finally went down to the dealership to see what was up. To my disbelief, they said even the gas one was now a discontinued line, leaving only F-150 gas models in the half-ton range. Come on Ford. I grew up with a '52 Ford 1-ton stepside. Now I have kids and an older F-350 crew. Don't force us into imports when all the guys of my generation want a mid-size diesel Ford. Thanks for the consideration of this idea. p.s. a Chevy won't do. S.O.