Chasing Cars contributing journalist Iain Curry was lucky enough to get a first drive of the T6.2 Ford Ranger at its Australian launch
Journalist Iain Curry was the lucky one from our office who got to sample the brand new Ranger and drive it for the very first time.
Curry was impressed by the standard interior fit and finish and cabin technology of the Ranger lineup, along with solid handling, ‘tough-guy’ looks and smooth 10-speed automatic transmission.
But some points of improvement for the range of utes were a jittery ride over small bumps in the road surface and that the V6 engine is not “an all-out powerhouse”.
Curry also tested the Ranger Wildtrak, praising the 12-inch portrait-style touchscreen and V6 grunt, but again commented about the sub-par ride and the lack of paddle shifters.
If the new Ford Ranger Wildtrak is not enough grunt for you, the Ranger Raptor with its twin-turbo V6 engine will arrive in August 2022, but make sure you get in quick as wait times are now over nine months long.
The Ford Ranger welcomes a turbo-diesel V6 engine for the first time, producing 184kW of power and 600Nm of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The new Ranger will be available in single and dual-cab variants, and for those who want a more frugal engine, single and twin-turbo diesel four-cylinders will be available, too.
A high performance Ranger variant is coming soon and will be called the Ranger Raptor. This beast will feature a twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine producing outputs of 292kW/583Nm, making it the most powerful Ranger yet.
The Ranger lineup will start from $35,930 for a single cab 4×2 variant and will run right up to the flagship Raptor that will be priced from $85,490 before on-road costs.
Ford’s Ranger will be able to tow 3500kg braked across the range, except for the Ranger Raptor which can only tow 2500kg.
There are six variants to choose from, including XL, XLS, XLT, Sport, Wildtrak and Raptor for 2022.
The Ranger rides on the platform as the soon-to-be-released next-gen Volkswagen Amarok that will also use a V6 engine.
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All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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