A fresh report out of Australia suggests the next-generation version of the Ford Ranger will be offered with turbocharged V6 engines in both petrol and diesel flavours.
According to whichcar.com.au, when the new Ranger bakkie drops in 2021 it will feature both “significantly updated” body work and fresh engines under the bonnet.
The Australian publication claims the Blue Oval brand is currently testing a twin-turbo 2,7-litre V6 petrol unit as well as a single-turbo 3,0-litre V6 diesel powerplant.
The petrol engine (which wears the “Nano EcoBoost” badge) is already employed by the F-150 pick-up in the United States, offering peak outputs of 242 kW and 542 N.m. Of course, as whichcar.com.au points out, it remains to be seen whether this unit will be sold outside of North America.
The 3,0-litre “Power Stroke” turbodiesel, meanwhile, is likewise already in use in the F-150, where it delivers some 186 kW and 597 N.m. If the report turns out to be accurate, this oil-burning engine seems a more likely bet for markets such as Australia and South Africa.
Of course, it’s worth noting the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok will be developed and built alongside the new Ranger (thanks to a broad global alliance involving the two firms), so if there's truth to the rumours, there’s certainly a chance we’ll see these engines in the German bakkie, too.
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