The T6.2 Ranger will be available to buy in Australia in the middle of next year, according to Ford’s local comms boss.
The T6.2 Ford Ranger will be released in Australia in mid-2022, according to Ford Australia communications director Matt Moran.
Mr Moran confirmed the winter release date in a global call attended by Chasing Cars, revealing the new Ranger ute to media earlier this week.
Equipped with a diesel V6 powertrain for the first time, capable of future electrification, stocked with a 12-inch touchscreen, running a wider track and wearing a tough new design, the T6.2 Ranger is set to disrupt the ute segment on arrival.
Sharing its Ford-developed platform with the yet-to-be-seen second-generation Volkswagen Amarok, the Melbourne-designed T6.2 Ranger shifts the ute into premium territory – though durable fleet-orientated trims will still be available.
Expected to again feature XL, XLS, XLT and Wildtrak trims ahead of a later launch of a Raptor variant, the 2022 Ford Ranger is a wider, more sophisticated ute than the T6.1 it replaces – though they share many fundamentals.
An expanded customer service piece will launch at the same time, with Ranger owners able to watch tutorials and book services through the connected-car FordPass app, while also being provided with a Ranger loan car to prevent downtime.
The new Ranger is wider, capable of fitting a pallet between the arches – understood to have been a non-negotiable for partner Volkswagen – but the appearance is vastly different to the outgoing T6.1.
Wearing a “Built Ford Tough” design language outside while bringing a more upmarket theme inside, the latest Ranger reflects the fact this ute is increasingly a premium lifestyle vehicle sitting in driveways far from rough-and-ready worksites.
A 3.0-litre Power Stroke diesel V6 will be offered to Australian buyers, with the six-cylinder engine expected to produce outputs somewhere around 190kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
The 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder that first appeared in the T6.1 Ranger will also be offered in Australia – in single-turbo and biturbo variants – with the twin-turbo iteration expected to continue producing around 157kW/500Nm.
A ten-speed automatic is set to appear with a redesigned torque converter, while a six-speed auto will be offered on the single-turbo diesel along with a new five- or six-speed manual.
Prices and detailed specifications are understood to still be some months off, with detailed announcements set to be made closer to the Ranger’s mid-2022 Australian arrival date.
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