2010 Ford Ranger Max

If you haven't seen it by now, Ford Thailand recently debuted its Ford Ranger Max concept created in collaboration with Ford Australia designers. According to chief designer Paul Gibson, his design team's main focus with the Max was to build a show truck that was "cool as hell".

The redesigned, wind-tunnel tested Ford Ranger pickup receives a complete revamping both inside and out, and safe to say, it looks pretty well done. Built in Thailand and shipped to Europe for sale, the Ranger can be had in three body styles with two diesel engines -- 2.5L Turbo (141-hp/ 243 lb-ft) or 3.0L (154-hp/280 lb-ft) -- mated to five-speed automatic or manual transmissions. It can also come in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations for those looking for off-road capability and touts a claimed towing capacity of 3000 kg (6614 lbs). Europeans will get all the new Ranger fun beginning this April.

Now, while it could be headed to market in Thailand, there was no word on if the truck-- or a version of it --will hit our shores anytime soon. With the current financial situation at hand, it's not likely. But given Ford's greenlight of the niche market 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor, there may be a bit of hope for the midsize Ranger after 2010.