June 2022 launch locked in for new Ford Ranger ute in diesel four-cylinder and V6 iterations – and the Raptor arrives just a month later
The next-generation Ford Ranger will be released in Australia in June, with the diesel four-cylinder and V6 models arriving about a month earlier than the petrol-powered Ranger Raptor model gets here in July.
Engineered and designed in Australia but made in Thailand, the new Ranger lineup expands to take in a diesel V6 engine for high-specification variants that is new to this model – though the 3.0-litre unit has done service in Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover and Peugeot-Citroen models.
Still, the ‘Lion’ V6 will be a headline drawcard of the T6.2 Ranger when it arrives in Australia, while the ute’s bold new front end and modernised interior will renew the Ford’s attack on rivals like the Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max and Nissan Navara.
Set to produce about 190kW of power and 600Nm of torque, the diesel V6 will be available on XLT, Sport and Wildtrak grades. You can find our detailed breakdown of 2023 Ranger specifications in our separate Ranger lineup article.
A 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder will be available in single-turbo guise in the base XL – using a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission in RWD and 4WD forms.
Then it’s a case of stepping up to the Ranger’s familiar twin-turbo diesel ‘four, which returns for service in the T6.2 in all five sub-Raptor grades – XL, XLS, XLT, Sport and Wildtrak.
Later – a month after the diesel Rangers arrive in Australia – the 292kW/583Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 Raptor model will be released locally.
Then, in August 2022, Ford will release its new Everest wagon locally.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the 2023 Ranger lineup in Australia, though we expect costs to rise somewhat over the T6.1 ‘Px Mk III’ version that is in runout locally – and a premium for the diesel V6 is inevitable.
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