Ford Ranger (T6)
|Ford Ranger (T6)|
Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi Limited
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Also called||Mazda BT-50|
|Assembly||Rayong, Thailand (AAT)
Silverton, South Africa
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ford Argentina)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size pickup truck|
|Body style||2-door single cab
2-door open cab
4-door double cab/crew cab
|Layout||Front engine, rear wheel drive
Front engine, four-wheel drive
|Engine||2.5L Duratec 25 I4 petrol
2.2L Duratorq I4 diesel
3.2L Duratorq I5 diesel
|Wheelbase||3,226 mm (127.0 in)|
|Length||5,359 mm (211.0 in)|
|Width||1,849 mm (72.8 in)|
|Predecessor||Ford Ranger (Argentina)
Ford Ranger (Mazda BT-50)
The Ford Ranger, code named T6, was unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The T6 replaces two regional Ranger platforms: the Mazda BT-50-derived model sold in the Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific regions and the North American model sold in select Latin American markets.
Although the T6 Ranger is offered in 180 markets globally, it is not currently planned to be sold in the United States or Canada, due to the new platform being too close in size and cost to the F-150, and due to overall declining sales of compact pickups in North America. However, it is offered in the Middle East and Mexico in addition to the F-150. However the Ranger isn't sold alongside the Ford F-Series in Iceland. Ford initially planned a mid-size truck based on a modified F-150 chassis for the North American market named the F-100; however, this was shelved in favour of offering the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine on the F-150. Additionally, American and Canadian safety and emissions standards as well as the long-standing 25% import tariff imposed on non-American built light trucks prevent the T6 Ranger from being imported into North America; however, the 3.2L Duratorq is being adapted for North American consumption as a Power Stroke engine in the 2015 Ford Transit. Similarly, safety and emissions standards in ECE-compliant nations, the need for right-hand drive in certain international markets, and foreign perception of American vehicles being too large prevent the F-150 from being globalised.
Production commenced in summer 2011, starting with Thailand's Rayong plant, with production in South Africa and Argentina to follow. Additionally, Mazda offers a badge-engineered version of the T6 as the second generation BT-50. Although the BT-50 shares few exterior and interior parts with the Ranger, both trucks are the same mechanically.
Engines and transmissions
The new Ranger will be available in 4x2 and 4x4 with three engines:
- 2.5L Duratec (L5-VE) petrol engine (122 kW & 226Nm) mated with a 5-speed manual transmission
- 2.2L Duratorq TDCi ("PUMA" ZSD-422) diesel engine (88 kW & 285Nm; 92 kW & 330Nm or 110 kW & 375Nm) consumes as little as 7.6 L/100 km (37.2 mpg-imp or 30.9 mpg-US) with choices of 6-speed manual or automatic transmission
- 3.2L Duratorq TDCi ("PUMA" P5AT) diesel engine (147 kW & 470 Nm) at 8.4 L/100 km (33.6 mpg-imp or 28.0 mpg-US) with choices of 6-speed manual or automatic transmission
- double cab; cargo capacity of 1.21 cubic metres
- open cab/rear access panel; cargo capacity of 1.82 cubic metres
- single cab; cargo capacity of 1.82 cubic metres
Main features includes:
- Water wading tolerance of 800mm (600mm for standard 2WD models)
- Electronic stability programme (ESP) that gives greater control and safety, on-road and off, with features such as trailer sway control, hill launch assist, hill descent control, rollover mitigation, locking rear differential and adaptive load traction control
- Twenty built-in storage spaces, a glovebox, and a handy 12-V power point in the centre console
- Dual zone climate control, centre console that becomes a mini cooler, power adjustable seats, an on-board computer, SatNav, cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel
- Rear park assist sensors and rear-view camera
- Satellite navigation and cruise control, voice control and Bluetooth audio streaming, USB and iPod connectivity
- Curtain airbags, side airbags, driver knee airbag (in European models) and dual front airbags
- For stopping power: emergency brake assist, ABS and electronic brake-force distribution are complemented by gravel road logic, features 302x32mm rotors up front clamped by twin-piston calipers, two-wheel-drive vehicles use a 270x55mm rear drum, while the Hi-Rider and 4x4 vehicles use a 295x55mm rear drum
- Towing capacity ranging up to 3500 kg
- Models with the 2.2-litre diesel have a payload capacity of up to 1333 kg
- 80-litre fuel tank
Ford revealed the concept for the next-generation Ford Everest in August 2013. Despite sharing the same underpinnings as the Ranger, the Everest SUV features Kinetic Design cues similar to the EcoSport, Kuga/Escape, and the next-generation Edge. The vehicle will be offered in both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive, matted either to the 2.5L Duratec petrol or the 3.2L Duratorq turbo diesel. Presently, there are no plans to offer the Everest outside of the Asia-Pacific markets; in North America, the Everest would overlap with the Explorer, Flex, and Expedition in terms of size, cost, seating and towing capability.
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- MotorTrend.com First Look: 2012 Ford Ranger - 90 Percent of an F-150, 100 Percent Not Coming Here - Benson Kong, 15 October 2010
- Ford Middle East All Vehicles (English)
- Ford Mexico Trucks (Spanish)
- WSJ.com - Ford Plans New F-150 with Aluminum Body - Michael Ramsey, 27 July 2012 AM
- Bowman, Zach. "U.S.-spec Ford Ranger to officially end production in 2011, Ford explains why". Autoblog. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
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- Kong, Benson. "New Global Ford Ranger Unveiled, Still Not Planned for U.S.". Truck Trend. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
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- Glon, Ronan. "Ford previews Australia-bound Everest SUV". Left Lane News. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- Turkus, Brandon. "Ford Australia debuts Ranger-based Everest SUV concept". AutoBlog. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
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