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New-generation Ford Ranger review now live on Chasing Cars!

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

Chasing Cars contributing journalist Iain Curry was lucky enough to get a first drive of the T6.2 Ford Ranger at its Australian launch


The Chasing Cars review of the latest T6.2 Ford Ranger is now live on both our YouTube channel and at chasingcars.com.au

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. 

Ford Ranger Sport 2022 front
The new Ford Ranger Sport for 2022

High points of the Ford Ranger

  • Available diesel V6
  • Standard interior fit and finish
  • Solid handling
  • Smooth 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Excellent 12-inch touchscreen (Wildtrak)

Points to improve for the Ford Ranger

  • Jittery ride over small bumps
  • Lack of paddle shifters
  • Fully optioned Wildtrak gets expensive
Ford Ranger Sport 2022 rear offroading climb
The Ford Ranger was put through its paces during development

Read more about the Ford Ranger below! 

Fast facts about the new Ford Ranger 

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.

Ford Ranger XLT 2022 engine bay
Inline-four turbo-diesel engines are also available for the new Ranger

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. 

The Ford Ranger Raptor is a vehicle we are all excited about

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.

We hope you enjoy our Ranger review video, and don’t forget to like and subscribe over at our YouTube channel!

Ford Ranger 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • XL 4×2 HR Single CC 2.0L SiT 6AT $35,930
  • XL 4×2 HR Super CC 2.0L SiT 6AT $38,430
  • XL 4×2 HR Double CC 2.0L SiT 6AT $40,430
  • XL 4×2 HR Double PU 2.0L SiT 6AT $42,330
  • XLS 4×2 HR Double PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $46,730
  • XL 4×4 Single CC 2.0L BiT 10AT $47,030
  • XL 4×4 Double CC 2.0L SiT 6AT $48,030 
  • XL 4×4 Super CC 2.0L BiT 10AT $49,530 
  • XL 4×4 Double PU 2.0L SiT 6AT $49,930 
  • XL 4×4 Double CC 2.0L BiT 10AT $51,530 
  • XL 4×4 Super PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $51,430
  • XL 4×4 Double PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $53,430 
  • XLT 4×2 HR Double PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $53,990
  • XLS 4×4 Double PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $54,330
  • XLT 4×4 Super PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $59,190 
  • XLT 4×4 Double PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $61,190 
  • XLT 4×4 Double CC 3.0L V6 10AT $62,290
  • XLT 4×4 Double PU 3.0L V6 10AT $64,190
  • Sport 4×4 Double PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $63,690 
  • Sport 4×4 Double PU 3.0L V6 10AT $66,690 
  • Wildtrak 4×4 Double PU 2.0L BiT 10AT $67,190 
  • Wildtrak 4×4 Double PU 3.0L V6 10AT $70,190
  • Raptor 4×4 Double PU 3.0L V6 EcoBoost 10AT $85,490