The next-generation Ford Ranger ute will soon be hitting Australian showrooms, so we now have a very good idea of what to expect from the ‘T6.2’ before the order book opens in the second quarter ahead of deliveries starting mid-year.
Yes, pricing remains a mystery, but Ford Australia has confirmed many other important details, including the engine, transmission, drivelines, body-styles, and new features that will be coming to the Toyota HiLux, Isuzu D-Max and rival Mitsubishi Triton.
The big news, of course, is the availability of a new 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel engine, dubbed the Power Stroke, mated to a permanent all-wheel-drive system. The flagship output hasn’t been released yet, but around 190kW of power and 600Nm of torque is expected.
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The Power Stroke is a major upgrade over the Ranger ‘T6’ (EcoBlue) 157kW/500Nm twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine, which was carried over to the T6.2, albeit with a few tweaks set to affect it. output.
Speaking of EcoBlue, its single-turbo version is also part of the T6.2 lineup, replacing the entry-level 118kW/385Nm 2.2-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine from the T6. And yes, the 3.2-liter 147kW/470Nm five-cylinder unit has also been downgraded.
For reference, 4×2 (rear-wheel drive) and 4×4 (part-time four-wheel drive) versions of the two EcoBlue engines are expected, with the single turbo getting a new five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic torque converter.
The twin-turbo gets a new six-speed manual and the familiar but reworked 10-speed torque converter on two transmission options. By the way, the latter is mated to a Power Stroke.
As before, the Ranger T6.2 offers various combinations of Single Cab, Super Cab and Dual Cab configurations with cab chassis or pick-up body models, with availability subject to slope.
While we’re on this topic, five classes have been offered since launch, from the entry-level XL to the mid-range XLS, XLT and Sport, and the flagship Wildtrak.
And before you ask, the performance-focused Ranger Raptor will return in the form of the T6.2 later in 2022, with its reveal set for February. You can read about it in the store at the linked story link above.
Now, let’s get into the features each class offers and which powertrains and body configurations are available.
Ford Ranger XL
Available with one of the EcoBlue engines, the Workhorse XL is expected to be offered in all three configurations and in both body styles.
Standard equipment includes a black grille, halogen DRL, front tow hook and 16-inch steel wheels, while the pick-up also gets LED taillights, rear step box, tailgate outlet and 1m integrated tailgate. ruler.
Inside, a 10.1-inch touchscreen Sync4 multimedia system, full digital instrument cluster, manual AC, USB-A and -C ports, and features Ebony fabric upholstery.
Note that safety packages (including advanced driver assistance systems) for all five grades have not been announced along with details on fuel consumption, towing and payload.
And six paint options are available in a wide range: Absolute Black, Aluminum, Artic White, Blue Lightning, Meteor Grey, and Sedona Orange.
Ford Ranger XLS
Like the XL, the XLS is offered with both EcoBlue engines, but is only available as a Double Cab pick-up – if the T6 version works.
Over the XL, standard equipment on the XLS includes front halogen fog lamps, 16-inch Dark Sparkle Silver alloy wheels and unique Ebony fabric upholstery.
Ford Ranger XLT
The XLT is expected to get a twin-turbo EcoBlue and Power Stroke, though it may not be offered with the latter from launch. The Super Cab and Double Cab configurations are likely to coexist with both body styles.
On top of the XLS, the XLT adds LED headlamps (including DRLs), center chrome grille bar, 17-inch Dark Sparkle Silver alloy wheels, sports bar, wireless smartphone charger, dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel. , bespoke Ebony fabric upholstery, ‘hex pattern’ door trim and Satin Aluminum accented air vents.
Ford Ranger Sport
Like the XLT, the Sport will likely be offered with a twin-turbo EcoBlue and Power Stroke, but the latter may be a late starter. If history repeats itself, Double Cab pickup will be an exclusive option here.
In addition to the XLT, the Sport gets matte-silver front bumper inserts, a black center grille, two front tow hooks, and 18-inch matte-silver alloy wheels with Asphalt Black accents.
Inside, there are Ebony leather upholstery, an embossed ‘Sport’ logo on the front seat backs, glossy black air vents with Satin Aluminum accents, and an ‘aero grain texture’ finish for the upper dashboard and storage area.
Ford Ranger Wildtrak
The Wildtrak comes with twin-turbo EcoBlue as standard and Power Stroke as an option. Don’t expect it to be available as anything but Double Cab pickup.
To stand out from the Sport, Wildtrak upped the ante with a custom grille with mesh inserts, 18-inch Boulder Gray wheels, distinct sports bars, tonneau roller covers, 12.0-inch touchscreen Sync4 multimedia system, embroidered Wildtrak’s logo on the front seat backs, stitching Cyber Orange, Satin Aluminum trim and Boulder Gray accents.