Australia Gets a Ranger-Based SUV Concept

Apparently Ford is convinced Americans no longer want compact pickups and SUVs.

Here’s yet another moment of disappointment regarding the global Ford Ranger. Well, global as in everywhere but the US. Ford’s Australia division has just unveiled the Everest SUV concept, which is based off the Ranger. It’ll debut in Australia in production form in 2015, but we doubt the final version will differ much from the concept. At the moment, Ford hasn’t released any powertrain, cargo space and towing capacity info, but it’ll all be quite close to the Ranger’s specs.

The top-of-the-line engine choice for it is a 2.2-liter diesel engine good for 152 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to a six-speed automatic. Whatever the official powertrain choices will be, there’s no question Ford remains committed to the Australian market despite the fact the RWD Falcon will soon be discontinued. What about the US? Instead of all of those crossovers, how about a real compact pickup and SUV that could actually handle some dirt?

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