Ford Unveils The Next-Gen Ranger With A V-6 Diesel Engine, New Tech, And Updated Looks
The next-gen Ranger, set to arrive in 2023, is wider and has a longer wheelbase as well
Ford has taken the wraps off the next-gen Ranger and it comes with a lot of upgrades on the outside, inside, and under the skin
On the outside, it looks similar to the Maverick to an extent. Up front, there’s a new grille, signature C‑clamp headlights, matrix LED headlights, and two recovery tow hooks
It features bolder wheel arches as well. At the rear, you have new taillights and some other nips and tucks that complement the rest of the body
Ford mentioned that the next-gen Ranger’s sits on an upgraded chassis. It has a 50 mm (1.97 inches) wider track and a 50 mm (1.97 inches) longer wheelbase when compared to the current Ranger
The Blue Oval hasn’t announced the trim levels either, but we can see the XLT, Sport, and Wildtrak in the press images. Out of these, only the XLT is offered in the U.S.-spec Ranger. We’ll have to wait to see how the trims will be lined up
The Ranger boasts of a refreshed cabin as well. The highlight is the touchscreen system. Depending on the trim, the Ranger will come with either a 10.1-inch or a 12-inch touchscreen. Both will be powered by the SYNC4 infotainment system.
Ford has moved the drive control modes from the dash and center console to the touchscreen system. It can be accessed by the press of a single button and shows off-road data like the steering angle, vehicle pitch, driveline, roll angles, etc.
Some other features include - fully digital instrument cluster, 360-degree camera, new short-throw e-shifter, e-parking brake, zone lighting, wireless charger, etc.
The next-gen Ranger will feature a 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel engine. It replaces the 3.2-liter, five-cylinder mill that’s offered in the current model. Power outputs aren’t revealed, but we expect it to make around 240 HP and 400 lb/ft of torque
The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine will be retained and offered in three different iterations. There will be a bi-turbo setup, and a single-turbo setup in two different states of tune
In the current iteration, the bi-turbo mill makes 211 HP and 369 lb/ft of torque. We speculate the bi-turbo option to make slightly more power than this, and both the single turbo iterations lesser
All three transmissions from the current Ranger – six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and ten-speed automatic – will most likely be carried over
You will get to choose between two four-wheel-drive systems here – an electronic shift-on-the-fly system, or an advanced new full-time four-wheel-drive system
Ford will start accepting orders in Europe in late 2022 and deliveries will begin in early 2023. We’re yet to hear about the U.S.-spec Ranger, but it should happen in the coming months
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