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Old 20-10-2020, 02:38 PM   #61
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umm, PX was launched with a 2.5 petrol in Australia and it tanked which is why no other petrol has ever been sold here.
That was never a serious option though.

But this is an endless cycle. Buyers cry for a big petrol engine, manufacturers offer them, then they cut them after they don't sell enough.

They could be ready to go around again and offer the US special 2.3 and 2.7 engines alongside the 2.0 and 3.0 diesels for the new model, but we'll have to wait and see.
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Maybe Ford will realise that all those buyers who bought Falcon and Commodore utes didn't buy lower powered diesel utes from the opposition for a reason and when you look at all those XR6T/XR8 ute and SS ute buyers they don't have anything to update to.
Hence why the internet melted down when they announced they were making one before pulling the plug. Even people in the USA were envious.

Tesla have shown car companies how to launch crazy out there vehicles. Just look at the Cyber Truck and how many deposits were placed. That is on some ridiculous idea that wasn't even fully nutted out yet.

Ford already have the Body, Trans and Motors and just have to engineer the final details. Way less work than what Tesla have to do to make their promise.

Survey 1000 people and ask them what motor you would associate with the name Ranger Raptor and I bet V8 would be the majority.
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^^^ hard to believe the original F-150 Raptor had the 5.4. Wasn’t too popular, as everyone was already anticipating the 6.2.
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The reason Ford switched to V6 Ecoboost in F150 Raptor was rising CAFE limits.
The 6.2 was developed without cylinder deactivation which anchored the Raptor's
official highway cycle fuel economy at just 16 mpg, the EB V6 was 4 mpg better.

The topic of engine selection for the next generation Ranger Raptor brings out a powerful response
from certain potential buyers, it's clear that there's an opportunity to sell more if Ford looks beyond
diesel engines. I hope that Ford takes a wider view of potential high end buyers. Instead of going on
and on about which engine to use, I think it's more about buyers expecting a certain performance
level in a vehicle branded Raptor, that disappointment shone through even though Ranger is now
the top selling 4x4.....it is possible to succeed at one goal and completely miss a great opportunity.

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^^^ hard to believe the original F-150 Raptor had the 5.4. Wasnt too popular, as everyone was already anticipating the 6.2.
The 5.4 was just a place holder until the 6.2 was ready.
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The reason Ford switched to V6 Ecoboost in F150 Raptor was rising CAFE limits.
The 6.2 was developed without cylinder deactivation which anchored the Raptor's
official highway cycle fuel economy at just 16 mpg, the EB V6 was 4 mpg better.

The topic of engine selection for the next generation Ranger Raptor brings out a powerful response
from certain potential buyers, it's clear that there's an opportunity to sell more if Ford looks beyond
diesel engines. I hope that Ford takes a wider view of potential high end buyers. Instead of going on
and on about which engine to use, I think it's more about buyers expecting a certain performance
level in a vehicle branded Raptor, that disappointment shone through even though Ranger is now
the top selling 4x4.....it is possible to succeed at one goal and completely miss a great opportunity.
Yeah but I think some people have incredibly unrealistic expectations. There's surprisingly alot of people who felt Raptor had to have a V8, even though F150 went V6. Then there's also a lot of people who felt if Ranger went V6 too, that it would be the 3.5.
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Yeah but I think some people have incredibly unrealistic expectations. There's surprisingly alot of people who felt Raptor had to have a V8, even though F150 went V6. Then there's also a lot of people who felt if Ranger went V6 too, that it would be the 3.5.
The way I see it, the 3.0 V6 diesel is almost a certainty to be there as an option in regular Rangers.
That leaves a few options for the Ranger Raptor of either a really hopped up V6 diesel or,
one of four Ecoboost engines, 2.3 EB, 2.7 EB, 3.0 EB and the 3.5 EB, the latter available
with 450 HP / 500 lb ft from big brother, F150 Raptor.

So how far is Ford prepared to go.......

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Mr bean counter will mull over the options.
2.3, 2.7, 3.0, 3.5 and 5.0.........make it with the 2.3.
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Buyers cry for a big petrol engine
No. A few vocal members of an internet forum, few of whom are ever actually going to purchase the product, are asking for a big petrol engine. That's not the same
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No. A few vocal members of an internet forum, few of whom are ever actually going to purchase the product, are asking for a big petrol engine. That's not the same
Dont forget that Ford completely underestimated the response to Mustang,
so maybe its best to keep an open mind on high series HP product.

Would be hilarious if a HP Ranger put the broom through full sized Ute sales,
the question though is what is it people want and how far does Ford need to go.
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interesting question! If someone buys your product, you can sit down and have a chat with them about why, what they like and don't like etc, but how can you ever really know why someone didn't purchase? If the other OEMs offered a V8 you could even talk to their customers and ask what they bought the car for, but if nobody offers it, how can you ever be really sure?

Maybe you just have to take a chance? to some extent that's what happened with Mustang and sure it paid off - to start with. How many repeat sales are they getting now, after everyone has bought one and sold it on? Mustang is probably a big enough market to soak up a slump in Aussie RHD sales, but if the same happened for Ranger would that work out so well?
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interesting question! If someone buys your product, you can sit down and have a chat with them about why, what they like and don't like etc, but how can you ever really know why someone didn't purchase? If the other OEMs offered a V8 you could even talk to their customers and ask what they bought the car for, but if nobody offers it, how can you ever be really sure?

Maybe you just have to take a chance? to some extent that's what happened with Mustang and sure it paid off - to start with. How many repeat sales are they getting now, after everyone has bought one and sold it on? Mustang is probably a big enough market to soak up a slump in Aussie RHD sales, but if the same happened for Ranger would that work out so well?
Yes it would because neither Ranger Raptor nor Mustang depend on local sales for survival.

Heres another question,
If USA gets next Gen Ranger Raptor, will Ford still have a 2.0 diesel in it?
You can bet they will have a commensurate engine for it and a perfect
solution to the question for Australia, an optional EB engine?

And Id argue that someone has already gone on V8 pickups, Walkinshaw/GMSV
so if Ford is not encouraging importation of F-150 then back more HP Rangers.

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interesting question! If someone buys your product, you can sit down and have a chat with them about why, what they like and don't like etc, but how can you ever really know why someone didn't purchase? If the other OEMs offered a V8 you could even talk to their customers and ask what they bought the car for, but if nobody offers it, how can you ever be really sure?

Maybe you just have to take a chance? to some extent that's what happened with Mustang and sure it paid off - to start with. How many repeat sales are they getting now, after everyone has bought one and sold it on? Mustang is probably a big enough market to soak up a slump in Aussie RHD sales, but if the same happened for Ranger would that work out so well?

Following on from your Question Simon of "how do you know what a customer wants if they don't purchase cause you cant ask them".
Another angle for the manufacturer is to look at the where where customers do go instead.


For example Ram trucks has only been recently bringing in Ram 1500's over a few years. Yet they have managed to carve out well more than 5000 sales for an asking price of between $80k-$100K.
The buyers would be a mix of new people wanting to get in a larger truck maybe for towing, ones that want larger beds for recreational / trade use and ones that may want a V8 engine. Some of these would be ranger as well as other dual cab ute buyers that were teased away with a more compelling product for their needs. Irrespective you can see a desire by the public.


Now granted that's not enough as the business case needs to stack up of putting say a v8 ( or other more sports orientated engine to live up to the raptor name) and will enough people pay a premium for a V8 Raptor. But it gives you some valuable buyer intelligence .
I am sure there would be a point where you would lose there consideration. I dare say that's over $100K but if you could get a v8 raptor somewhere near $90k' ish i bet there would be a market ( which is $15Kish more than the current one, And you save the money of not putting in the new Diesel 2.0 anyway) Lets face it mustang sold well above initial expectation as it was priced pretty reasonably. If a GT Mustang was over $90K it would have been dead in the water.

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So were doing this whole engine thing again? I guess it has to be done every year.

People who spend 70k plus on a Thai Ute want a small engine because they will be struggling to afford to fuel bill with the $1500 a month loan repayments.l for the next 7 years
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So were doing this whole engine thing again? I guess it has to be done every year.

People who spend 70k plus on a Thai Ute want a small engine because they will be struggling to afford to fuel bill with the $1500 a month loan repayments.l for the next 7 years
Consider this, the top selling 4x4 in Australia now has a 2.0 diesel as the main engine sold,
there's no doubt that Ford would have surveyed Ranger buyers to see what else they want.

It's highly likely that more than a few Ranger buyers have expressed a desire for a bigger engine,
those are the people that Ford listens to and probably where interest in a V8 Ranger came from
in the first place. I doubt that Ford entertained building a V8 mule on a whim of fancy, someone
had evidence to at least investigate the idea but maybe the engineers found a better way to deliver
performance without a V8?

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Consider this, the top selling 4x4 in Australia now has a 2.0 diesel as the main engine sold,
there's no doubt that Ford would have surveyed Ranger buyers to see what else they want.
Another way to look at it is the most powerful Ranger with the better gearbox is selling well. That is how the survey was framed as I did one of them. It focused mainly on output rather than engine size. I have no doubt if the 3.0 Powerstroke was available, the 2.0 wouldn't get a look in.
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Well 20 years ago class leading diesel output was 86kw. Do diesel buyers have a ceiling where enough is enough, or do they want as much as they can get.
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Well 20 years ago class leading diesel output was 86kw. Do diesel buyers have a ceiling where enough is enough, or do they want as much as they can get.
Depends what you have to sacrifice to get the hp, the old 86kw diesel is probably a lot more reliable, cheaper and easier to repair than a modern one. You just can't tow a house with them
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Consider this, the top selling 4x4 in Australia now has a 2.0 diesel as the main engine sold,
there's no doubt that Ford would have surveyed Ranger buyers to see what else they want.

It's highly likely that more than a few Ranger buyers have expressed a desire for a bigger engine,
those are the people that Ford listens to and probably where interest in a V8 Ranger came from
in the first place. I doubt that Ford entertained building a V8 mule on a whim of fancy, someone
had evidence to at least investigate the idea but maybe the engineers found a better way to deliver
performance without a V8?

Yes, but 0-100 in double digits is not really performance.

I know people will say that it's not about straight line speed, but dual cabs seem to have the highest average speed out of all vehicle categories on the road. They have some of the worst power to weight ratios and are still the fastest drivers.

I talked myself into it, Little 4 cylinders are the only engine that should be allowed in dual cab utes.
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Yes, but 0-100 in double digits is not really performance.

I know people will say that it's not about straight line speed, but dual cabs seem to have the highest average speed out of all vehicle categories on the road. They have some of the worst power to weight ratios and are still the fastest drivers.

I talked myself into it, Little 4 cylinders are the only engine that should be allowed in dual cab utes.
I think you missed my point with surveying Ranger buyers, they are the only people
that Ford seems to survey and accept feedback from. I saw that as an opportunity
for change but was informed above that Ford apparently steers the questions to
get an answer that are self serving to support it's existing stance on the 2.0 diesel.

When you have a high riding ute, the only performance possible is straight line
because the centre of gravity is so high that the just can't corner like a car does.

The trick is finding a balance between acceleration, fuel economy and what is it
that buyers really want. In order to have that serious discussion, Ford needs to
re-evaluate who it sees as its target Ranger buyers, at the moment its content
to sell most of its 4x4 dual cab utes to fleets, small business and novated lease
buyers.

The perception of non-buyers is that Ranger Raptor is bought solely by those
"disappointed performance enthusiasts" but the demographic is mostly small
business and novated lease buyers needing a vehicle to fit regulations. What
is the "antidote" for those actual buyers, is it a true high performance engine
or a slightly bigger diesel that just does everything so much better and with
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So were doing this whole engine thing again? I guess it has to be done every year.

People who spend 70k plus on a Thai Ute want a small engine because they will be struggling to afford to fuel bill with the $1500 a month loan repayments.l for the next 7 years
So its only dual cab buyers who do that?

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Another way to look at it is the most powerful Ranger with the better gearbox is selling well. That is how the survey was framed as I did one of them. It focused mainly on output rather than engine size. I have no doubt if the 3.0 Powerstroke was available, the 2.0 wouldn't get a look in.
The 2.0 would become the base engine.
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So were doing this whole engine thing again? I guess it has to be done every year.

People who spend 70k plus on a Thai Ute want a small engine because they will be struggling to afford to fuel bill with the $1500 a month loan repayments.l for the next 7 years
I'd be ripping my lenders neck if I were paying $1500 per month for 7 years on a $75k purchase.... yes I know you stretched the truth however and around $900/m would be a better reference.
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I'd be ripping my lenders neck if I were paying $1500 per month for 7 years on a $75k purchase.... yes I know you stretched the truth however and around $900/m would be a better reference.
Most of those would be leased with payments fully tax deductible and guaranteed buy back value.
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I think I have worked out why they dropped the chance of the 5.0 V8.

They caught wind of the new 6.8 Big Block Windsor coming so will now use that engine instead.

https://drivetribe.com/p/ford-makes-...RVmyK9xsRKwZ-A

A Big Block Ranger Raptor now makes sense.
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