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Ranger reveals credentials

Ford expects its more powerful next-generation model to hit New Zealand from the middle of the year.
Posted on 25 March, 2022
Ranger reveals credentials

Ford New Zealand has confirmed specifications of the Next-Gen Ford Ranger, which is expected to start arriving in showrooms from mid-2022.

It says the Ranger has been updated to reflect requests from consumers for more technology, more power, more torque and more capability. 

Highlights include the option of a three-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine – which is being offered on the Ranger and the Everest SUV – that can deliver 184kW of power at 3,250rpm and 600Nm of torque, full-time 4WD, and six selectable drive modes.

The Next-Gen Ranger will also offer the choice of a single-turbo 2.0L and the bi-turbo 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder diesels. The bi-turbo makes 154kW at 3,750rpm and 500Nm from 1,750-2,000rpm, while the single turbo offers 125kW at 3,500rpm and 405Nm from 1,750-2,500rpm. 

Transmission choices include a 10-speed auto for the larger two engines, while the current six-speed auto available on Ranger will continue with the single-turbo powertrain. 

A 50mm track and wheelbase increase aims to improve stability of the new model on and off-road, and also makes for a wider load space that features a one-metre ruler and cupholders built into the tailgate work surface. 

Up to six selectable drive modes are available, depending on the variant, with the Raptor gaining seven. A tow/haul mode is new to Ford and designed for those towing or carrying a heavy load by optimising the gear shift timing to maintain power uphill or deliver the right amount of engine braking on downhill sections.

The Next-Gen Ranger has a maximum braked towing capacity of 3,500kg with a 350kg towball download limit.