A fresh report out of Australia claims the next-generation Ford Ranger will be offered with a choice of three engines, including a V6 turbodiesel and a petrol-hybrid powertrain.
According to CarExpert.com.au, the new Ranger bakkie is “likely” to be released in initial markets late in 2022, with the next-gen Ranger-based Volkswagen Amarok set to follow. The publication claims to have seen the Blue Oval brand’s “confidential plans”, which include the powertrain options set to be offered.
Interestingly, the report suggests the standard engine will be the existing bi-turbo 2,0-litre diesel unit (as used in the current Ranger Raptor and offered in the Ranger Wildtrak, too), delivering an unchanged 157 kW and 500 N.m.
There are also apparently plans for a plug-in hybrid powertrain built around Ford's turbocharged 2,3-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine. This arrangement, CarExpert.com.au suggests, will deliver a whopping 270 kW and 680 N.m.
Finally, with the 3,2-litre, five-cylinder oil-burner destined to be scrapped, Ford reportedly plans to introduce a 3,0-litre, six-cylinder turbodiesel generating 186 kW and 600 N.m (the Ranger Raptor is expected to feature this V6 in place of the current four-pot). This six-pot is, of course, already in use in the F-150 in North America. All models, says the report, will employ the Dearborn-based firm’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
And inside? Well, according to the publication, the next-generation Ranger will come with the latest Sync4 infotainment system, which incorporates a 12,8-inch display complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
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