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THE ALL NEW FORD RANGER

Updated: Dec 4, 2021

Words by Josh Leonard
Images supplied by Ford

THE WAIT IS OVER: HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEXT-GEN RANGER

FINALLY! No more heavily camouflaged spy photos taken from half a kilometre away. No more hearsay on what powertrains and trim levels Ford have in store for us. All has been revealed. The next generation Ford Ranger has arrived, these are the first official facts, figures and photos.

THE NEED TO KNOW:
  • V6 diesel engine and full-time 4x4 options

  • 50mm wider track and 50mm longer wheelbase

  • On sale mid-2022, EV models to follow

The ancestry of the all new Ranger is obvious. Looking at it, you’ll immediately notice its staunch Americanised appearance, while this won’t be to everyone’s taste - AdventureIntel are big fans of it. Every Aussie ute driver has pondered the day they could drive a full size rig on our roads and while that still may not be achievable for everyone just yet - this design is definitely one for the dreamers.

“Customers told us the Ranger needs to look tough and needs to inspire confidence. They were very clear in what the Ranger should be, both in the way it looks, and the way it makes them feel,” Ford’s Chief Designer Max Tran said.

The 2022 Ranger has big shoes to fill. The outgoing Ranger remains one of the best all round utes on the market especially when it comes to how it handles the rough stuff. The new Ranger sits on an updated version of the existing and well proven T6 frame, meaning the rear leaf packs will be here to stay on most new Ranger models, (with the exception of the new Ranger Raptor). Strip back the aggressively styled body panels and you’ll note that the aforementioned upgraded T6 frame has been mated to a wheelbase that’s 50mm longer and tracking 50mm wider than its predecessor. This was made possible when the engineers moved the front wheels forward to allow for a better approach angle, testament to Ford's claims that they wanted the Ranger to suit all consumer applications.

Ford said they also “moved the rear suspension’s dampers outboard of the frame rails in a bid ‘to give drivers and passengers a better ride both on- and off-road, no matter if they’re carrying heavy cargo for work, or just taking the family out for dinner’”.


PICK YOUR POISON

Ford has tried to cater to the masses when it comes to the engine choices on offer. Their party-piece is a V6, an updated version of the same engine fitted to the now discontinued F-Series Power Stroke. Contrary to popular belief, Ford have stated they will not be using the 3.0-litre V6 engine currently found in the Amarok.


The tradie special will utilise a four cylinder single-turbo 2.0-litre diesel with transmission options of either an all new manual six-speed, or a six-speed auto.

Ford have gone straight for the jugular with performance figures on their V6 stating “anything less than 600Nm would seem disappointing in this case.”

The familiar combo of the 2.0-litre bi-turbo and 10-speed automatic transmission will be given a new lease of life with Ford proudly announcing it’s fit for Australia’s tough conditions having completed 5.5 million test kilometres and over 600 hours at full noise. The transmission has been overhauled with a new torque converter and tighter ratios as well as being put on a diet to lighten it up.


The 3.2-litre we all knew and loved has now been laid to rest.

Ford have gone straight for the jugular with performance figures on their V6 stating “anything less than 600Nm would seem disappointing in this case.”


Ford also added that buyers will be given the choice of two four-wheel drive systems: the first being a part-time shift-on-the-fly system as seen in their current models, or a new full-time four-wheel drive system for those who wish to simply set and forget.

WHAT’S INSIDE?

The interior was an important part to get right in the build process and Ford made a concerted effort to create a comfortable and functional space. The interior has benefited from the overall increase in size and it’s a massive step up from the previous models.


Ultra-premium touch points, a fully digitised dash-cluster and a portrait-orientated Tesla style 12” centre touch-screen are offered in premium models with lesser models sporting a 10.1” screen instead. Both are said to run Sync-4 and feature voice-command.


Ford has finally come to the party and joined other manufacturers in offering a 360 degree camera, with an off-road mode so you can pick your line without needing a spotter.


There’s more storage too, with retractable cup-holders, and lidded storage bins. There’s also a box step aft of the rear wheel to help you access the gear you’ve got stored in the tub, load rated tie-down rails and a 240V socket in the tub. This seems a prime time to mention it also comes with a ruler in the tailgate. Perfect for settling the age-old pub debate, does a big truck really mean… well you know?


ACCESS TO ACCESSORIES

Ford has teamed up with ARB who say they’ll be offering over 600 accessories for the all new Ranger. This is great news for fleet-buyers and weekend-warriors alike who don’t want to wait for other brands to conduct their R&D processes.

You’ll have to wait until AdventureIntel get their hands on the new Ranger for a test before we pass our final verdict on to our readers, but, if it’s as good as it looks - we reckon we’re in for a real winner.

AdventureIntel have reached out to Ford and are on the waitlist for a press vehicle with tests expected to begin in the coming months. Stay tuned!


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