Ford Australia has just released a teaser video of the all-new Ranger pick-up truck. While it will be officially launched later this year, deliveries to customers will only begin in 2022.
Much of the video depicts the performance testing of the all-new Ford Ranger in harsh conditions such as thick mud, sand dunes, rocky path and even snow. Similar to the current generation Ford Ranger Raptor, the next-generation Ranger has been designed and engineered in Australia.
It will be the most capable, most connected, the smartest and most versatile Ranger yet developed by Ford. From the lighting signature, it seems that the new Ford Ranger will adopt a large frontal area with a squarish headlamp layout and C-shaped DRLs like the North American Ford Maverick.
At the rear wheel, Ford seems to have fitted disc brakes as opposed to traditional drum brakes, perhaps a feature trickled down for the Ranger Raptor.
With the promotional video placing so much emphasis on the next-generation Ranger’s capabilities over mud, rock and sand conditions, perhaps an updated Terrain Management System (TMS) could make it to the all-new Ford Ranger.
The Ford Ranger Raptor plus the North American Ranger already have the TMS function that alters powertrain and 4WD performance for driving on grass, gravel, snow, mud and sandy surfaces.
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The Ford Ranger in the ASEAN region is currently powered by two turbodiesel engines- the 2.2-litre with outputs of 160 hp and 385 Nm, and the latest 2.0-litre unit with higher outputs of 180 hp and 420 Nm of torque available in the XLT Plus and Wildtrak variants.
The Ford Ranger Raptor meanwhile gets the bi-turbodiesel 2.0-litre unit with 213 hp and 500 Nm mounted to a souped-up ladder frame chassis with a performance suspension system, wider tracks and all-terrain BF Goodrich tyres.
The next-generation Ford Ranger is also an important product for Volkswagen, as the German automaker has inked a deal with Ford to jointly develop the next-generation Amarok pick-up. Volkswagen’s model is only due a year later, after the Ranger’s official launch.
Note: Images are screen captures from the promotional video