The next-generation Ford Ranger has been teased by the American manufacturer with the promise of it being the most capable and versatile Ranger to date. Set to be built in South Africa, the all-new model is expected to officially break cover later this year with a global launch slotted in for 2022.
Describing the upcoming model, Ford explains, “Embracing superior off-road credentials and Ford’s dynamic driving DNA, customers will rejoice at the toughest, most capable and connected Ranger pickup yet developed by Ford. At its core, the next-generation Ranger will be the ideal pickup partner for work, family and play. This is not just a Built Ford Tough truck, but the smartest, most capable and most versatile Ranger yet.”
The next-generation Ford Ranger will be manufactured in South Africa at the Silverton plant. The brand promises that the new model will surpass the quality of the current generation.
In order to accommodate the next-generation Ford Ranger, the Silverton plant will be implementing a third shift which falls part of its R15 billion investment that was announced in February this year. The goal of the upgrades to this plant will to improve efficiency and quality while meeting an increased volume target of 200 000 units per year.
Based on an ongoing partnership, Volkswagen says it will create the second-generation Amarok by “adapting” Ford’s upcoming this new Ranger bakkie.
The Wolfsburg-based firm confirmed the news in a statement outlining the latest “landmark” in the Volkswagen-Ford global alliance.
In the statement, VW said its supervisory board had “approved further contracts under the co-operation with Ford Motor Company” announced in 2019.
“The next milestones in the vehicle projects are anticipated to be implemented in near the future with the signatures of both companies. Three projects in the areas of electrification and commercial vehicles are planned to be realised as a first step,” the statement said.