It’s finally happening – Ford has released official teasers of the all-new Ranger ahead of a reveal later this year, with global sales due to kick off next year. The fourth-generation pick-up truck will replace the T6, which has been in showrooms for the past ten years and remains a benchmark in the segment.
The development prototypes shown in these images look very similar to those in previous spyshots, sporting a more aggressive front end compared to the outgoing Ranger. The C-shaped headlights are reminiscent of the new unibody Maverick, while the massive upright grille has shades of F-150. Sculpted vertical taillights can also be found at the rear and look to be available with LED technology.
Aside from the revised looks, the new Ranger is expected to usher in a new era of electrification, with a plug-in hybrid model expected to be offered alongside the usual range of petrol and diesel engines. This variant will reportedly pair a 2.3 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol mill with an electric motor to deliver a whopping 367 PS and 680 Nm of torque, plus an impressive fuel consumption figure of 3.0 litres per 100 km.
Also available will be the carryover 2.0 litre twin-turbo four-pot diesel, as well as a new 3.0 litre turbocharged V6. On the petrol side, the Ranger is likely to utilise the 314 PS/542 Nm 2.7 litre turbo V6 from the new Bronco, which utilises the chassis of the outgoing model.
The availability of these powertrains will likely depend on the market, with Southeast Asia and Australasia due to receive the diesel mills. The plug-in hybrid model, on the other hand, will likely be offered in Europe, built at Ford’s Pretoria plant in South Africa, while the petrol V6 is expected to be a North America exclusive.
The new Ranger should also feature a bunch of new technologies, including the latest SYNC 4 infotainment systems with 12- and 15.5-inch touchscreen options (the latter likely to be a vertical display, as per the electric Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning) and an optional 12-inch digital instrument display.
Advances in active safety tech is also expected. The current Ranger pioneered several driver assistance systems in the one-tonne pick-up market, such as autonomous emergency braking and adaptive control, so expect the new one to come with all the latest features. The new Ranger will be developed in collaboration with Volkswagen, sharing its underpinnings with the next-generation Amarok.
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