Ford has revealed specifications for the next generation Ranger, with the new model set to feature drivetrain and technology upgrades, along with a brand new 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, tuned up to 184kW and a whopping 600Nm of torque.
With order books due to open next month, ahead of the new model’s arrival later in the year, the new motor will join the existing 2.0-litre bi-turbo 4-cylinder diesel offering, with both paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
A single-turbo 2.0-litre powerplant is also available with the current 6-speed automatic. Towing capacity across the range remains an impressive 3500kg. Depending on the model, Ford will also offer two different four-wheel drive systems.
A part-time system with 2H, 4H and 4L, and a new on-demand 4WD system with 2H, 4H, 4L and 4A (constant 4WD) will be available on the Ranger. An electronic rear differential lock remains standard.
Depending on the variant, up to six drive modes will be featured, including Normal, Eco, Slippery, Mud/Ruts, Rock Crawl and Sand. Tow/Haul mode is brand new and optimises gear shift timing when towing.
Ford’s factory fit tow pack now includes an integrated trailer brake controller, and new blind-spot information technology features trailer coverage, programmable to a specific trailer size.
To improve on and off-road stability, the Ranger has been given a 50mm track and wheelbase increase. Tray space has also been improved, as have front approach and rear departure angles while unladen.
The rear dampers have been relocated outboard of the springs to make the laden ride more comfortable and the unladen less bouncy. An optional second battery can be placed in the engine bay, and an auxiliary switch bank is available on Wildtrak and Raptor.
More off-road assistance is available via a dedicated screen on the infotainment system, which displays vehicle pitch and roll angles, steering angle, and driveline and electronic diff lock indication. The 360-degree camera offers surround monitoring of terrain.
Technology and connectivity upgrades include an 8.0-inch colour digital instrument cluster on all variants except the Raptor, which gets a massive 12.4-inch cluster.
Ford’s SYNC 4A communication and entertainment system is operated through either a 10.1 or 12-inch infotainment screen. Remote lock and unlock, remote climate control and vehicle locator can be activated using the FordPass app.
Available on Raptor and Wildtrak variants are the Matrix LED headlights with auto dynamic levelling and speed dependent lighting. The next-gen Ranger was engineered and designed here at home and is set to excel in Australian conditions.
More information, including pricing is expected to be released in the coming weeks.