Ford Ranger (T6)

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Ford Ranger (T6)
2015 Ford Ranger (PX) XL Hi-Rider 4-door utility (2015-11-11) 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Production 2011–present
Assembly Rayong, Thailand (AAT)
Silverton, South Africa
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ford Argentina)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-sized pickup truck
Body style 2-door single cab
4-door extended cab
4-door double cab
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
Related Mazda BT-50
JMC Yuhu
Troller T4
Ford Everest
Powertrain
Engine 2.5 L Duratec 25 I4 (petrol)
2.2 L Duratorq I4 (diesel)
3.2 L Duratorq I5 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,226 mm (127.0 in), Everest 112.2
Length 5,359 mm (211.0 in), Everest 192.6
Width 1,849 mm (72.8 in), Everest 73.3
Height 1,815 mm (71.5 in) Everest 72.3
Kerb weight 1,866–1,968 kg (4,114–4,339 lb) [1]
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Ranger (Argentina)
Ford Ranger (Mazda BT-50)
Ford Courier (Brazil)
Ford F-250 Super Duty (Brazil)
Ford Transit (Brazil)

The current generation of the Ford Ranger (codenamed T6), is a midsize pickup truck produced by Ford Motor Company. Designed and engineered by Ford of Australia,[2] the Ranger T6 is the replacement for two previous Ford light-truck platforms: the North American-designed Ford Ranger sold in Latin America[3] and the Ford Ranger derived from Mazda BT-50 sold in Latin America, Europe, and Asian-Pacific regions.

First unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney in October 2010, the Ranger T6 has been produced since the summer of 2011. First produced by the AutoAlliance facility in Rayong, Thailand, the Ranger is also currently produced in Argentina and South Africa.[4] Mazda markets a badge-engineered version of the Ranger as the second generation of its Mazda BT-50. The Ranger is also produced as a five-door mid-size sport-utility, as the third generation of the Ford Everest/Endeavour.

Engines and transmissions[edit]

Facelift Ford Ranger XLT 4-door

The Ranger is available in rear-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) with three engines:

  • 2.5 L Duratec (L5-VE) petrol engine (122 kW and 226 Nm) mated to a five-speed manual transmission
  • 2.2 L Duratorq TDCi ("PUMA" ZSD-422) diesel engine (88 kW and 285 Nm; 92 kW and 330 Nm or 110 kW and 375 Nm) consumes 7.6 L/100 km[5] (37.2 mpg-imp or 30.9 mpg-US) with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • 3.2 L Duratorq TDCi ("PUMA" P5AT) diesel engine (147 kW and 470 Nm) at 8.4 L/100 km[5] (33.6 mpg-imp or 28.0 mpg-US) with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission

Three body styles are available

  • double cab; cargo capacity of 1.21 m3
  • open cab/rear access panel; cargo capacity of 1.82 m3
  • single cab; cargo capacity of 1.82 m3

Features[edit]

Main features include:

  1. Water wading tolerance of 800 mm for all Hi-Rider models including Wildtrak variant (600 mm for standard models)
  2. Electronic stability programme 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
  3. Twenty built-in storage spaces, a glovebox, and a 12-V power point in the centre console
  4. Dual-zone climate control, centre console that becomes a mini cooler, power adjustable seats, an on-board computer, satellite navigation, and cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel
  5. Rear parking-assist sensors and rear-view camera
  6. Bluetooth audio streaming, USB and iPod connection
  7. Curtain airbags, side airbags, driver-knee airbag (in European models) and dual front airbags
  8. Emergency brake assist, ABS and electronic brake-force distribution complemented by gravel road logic, 302 x 32 mm rotors up front clamped by twin-piston calipers, 2WD vehicles use a 270 x 55 mm rear drum, while the Hi-Rider and 4WD vehicles use a 295 x 55 mm rear drum
  9. Towing capacity ranging up to 3500 kg
  10. Models with the 2.2-litre diesel have a payload capacity up to 1333 kg
  11. An 80-litre fuel tank

Other models[edit]

Ford also released another variant in certain countries which was marketed as the Wildtrak. The engines chosen for this model were the exact ones that could be found on other Ranger T6 variants, the 3.2 L Duratorq TDCi ("PUMA" P5AT) diesel engine (147 kW and 470 Nm) at 8.4 L/100 km[13] (33.6 mpg-imp or 28.0 mpg-US), and the 2.2 L Duratorq TDCi ("PUMA") diesel engine (118 kW and 385 Nm) with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. This model included a unique black grille and bumper panel around the fog lamp area, unique tray bars, Ford custom 18-in rims; all features are only exclusive to this particular model. The color chosen as the base color for marketing was Pride Orange that is also exclusive to the Wildtrack. Other colors include Gun Metal Grey, Black, Silver, and White. Interior features included are an LCD Touch Screen display, rear-view camera, seat heaters and custom Ford Wildtrack seats. The updated model released in 2015 was a facelifted variant.

2015 update[edit]

Parker's Car Guides announced that the Ranger was to receive a facelift in 2015,[6] along with the possible replacement of the 2.2-litre Duratorq with an all new 2-litre 'Panther' engine.[7]

Variants[edit]

Ford Everest[edit]

Ford revealed the concept for the next-generation Ford Everest in August 2013. The Everest SUV features Kinetic Design cues similar to the EcoSport, Kuga/Escape, and Edge.[8] The vehicle is offered in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, mated either to the 2.2-L or 3.2-L Duratorq, depending on the market. Presently, no plans exist to offer the Everest outside of the Asia-Pacific and South African markets; in North America, the Everest overlaps with the Explorer, Flex, and Expedition in terms of size and cost, as well as seating, cargo, and towing capacity;[9][10] however, in the Philippines, the Everest is sold alongside the Explorer and long wheelbase Expedition.[11] In China, the Ford Everest is manufactured by Jiangling Motors, at Jiangling's Nanchang factory.[12]

2015 Ford Everest Titanium (New Zealand) 
2016 Ford Everest Ambiente (Australia) 
Ford Everest Concept (Auto China 2014) 

JMC Yuhu[edit]

Jiangling Motors, the automotive joint-venture affiliate of Ford in China, assembles the JMC Yuhu, a mid-size pickup. While based on a proprietary platform, the exterior of the JMC Yuhu is derived loosely from both the Ranger and the Mazda BT-50.

On 19 August 2015, Ford started assembly of the Ranger T6 in China in partnership with JMC.[13]

Mazda BT-50[edit]

Developed in tandem with the Ranger T6, the Mazda BT-50 is mechanically identical to the Ranger. In its second generation, the current BT-50 replaces the previous Mazda-designed vehicle that was the basis for the Ranger in global markets (and its Ford Courier predecessor). As the BT-50 was styled using the work of a separate design team, the two vehicles share almost no common body panels, with the exception of the roof stamping and the window glass. The BT-50 is powered by 2.2 L I4 and 3.2 L I5 diesel engines.

Troller T4[edit]

The Troller T4 is an off-road vehicle produced in Brazil by Ford subsidiary Troller Veículos Especiais S/A that has been produced since 2004. Using a similar layout as the Jeep Wrangler, the four-wheel drive T4 saw a chassis redesign in 2014 based upon a shorter-wheelbase version of the Ford Ranger frame.

North American sales[edit]

Although the T6 Ranger is sold in 180 global markets, as of the 2017 model year, it is not sold in Canada and the United States.[14] Following the discontinuation of the North American-produced Ranger following the 2011 model year, sales of the Ranger T6 in the United States and Canada were precluded for several reasons. Although developed for markets worldwide, the Ranger/BT-50 had to potentially adapt to emissions and safety standards of the United States and Canada (in the example of emissions, the 3.2 L diesel was not adapted for the US market until Ford began sales of the Ford Transit in 2015). Due to its production in Thailand, Argentina, and South Africa, the sale of the Ranger in North America would have subjected it to the 25% "chicken tax" imposed on imported light trucks. The largest factor which has kept the Ranger T6 out of North America is its size (in comparison to both the previous Ranger and the F-150). While closer to the compact Ranger in width, the Ranger T6 has a longer wheelbase and overall length than a standard-cab short-bed F-150. In a similar decision, at the same time, Ford ended development of a mid-size pickup based on the F-Series (considered a potential F-100 revival).[15][16]

Conversely, the Ford F-Series/Super Duty trucks are not sold as widely in world markets as the Ranger (with the Middle East, Mexico, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, the Cayman Islands, and the Caribbean as exceptions[17][18]). Alongside the lack of U.S. participation in ECE compliance (safety and emissions) and the lack of right-hand drive capability,[19] many world vehicle markets utilize smaller designs than produced as full-size trucks in North America.

On August 25, 2015, reports began circulating that Ford is planning to bring the Ranger back to production in North America. Along with the Ranger, Ford is also planning to revive the Bronco SUV on the same platform.[20] On November 9, 2015, the Detroit Free Press reported that the United Auto Workers union accepted a tentative agreement to build the vehicles at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, with the Ranger being introduced in the 2018 model year and the Bronco by 2020. About $700 million of an overall $9 billion investment in 11 U.S. plants would go toward retooling Michigan Assembly.[21]

At the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 9, 2017, Ford confirmed that the Ranger will be returning for the 2019 model year. The Ranger will have some styling and features unique to the North American market, and will be built at Michigan Assembly, with the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max that are currently built there moving their production to Mexico. The revived Ranger is expected to begin production in 2019 with a revived Bronco built on the same platform to follow in 2020.[22] Ford chief technical officer Raj Nair stated that the forthcoming Bronco will not be a rebadging of the existing Everest SUV and will be its own unique vehicle.[23]

Gallery[edit]

Ford Ranger Extended Cab 
2013 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 
2013 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 
2015 Ford Ranger XL 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ranger specifications". ford.co.id. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Dowling, Joshua; Sainsbury, Michael (1 Oct 2016). "Meet the factory workers in Thailand that will take our jobs once Australia's car manufacturing industry closes". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney Australia). News Corp. Australia. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Levine, Mike. "First Look: All-New 2011 Ford Ranger "T6" Global Pickup Truck". PickupTrucks.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Kong, Benson. "New Global Ford Ranger Unveiled, Still Not Planned for U.S.". Truck Trend. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Ford.com.Au – Ranger Power & Performance Specifications per Australian Design Rule 81/02 combined cycle
  6. ^ "New Ford ranger". 
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  8. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh. "2015 Ford Edge Previewed By 2013 L.A. Auto Show Concept". Motor Authority. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Glon, Ronan. "Ford previews Australia-bound Everest SUV". Left Lane News. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Turkus, Brandon. "Ford Australia debuts Ranger-based Everest SUV concept". AutoBlog. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ford Philppines--SUVs". Ford Philippines. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "JMC manufacturers the Ford Everest for the Chinese market". Chinaautoweb.com. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Jiangling Ford Starts Rolling Out the Everest SUV in Nanchang". Chinaautoweb.com. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  14. ^ MotorTrend.com First Look: 2012 Ford Ranger – 90 Percent of an F-150, 100 Percent Not Coming Here – Benson Kong, 15 October 2010
  15. ^ WSJ.com – Ford Plans New F-150 with Aluminum Body – Michael Ramsey, 27 July 2012 AM
  16. ^ Harley, Michael. "Ford F-100 put on hold". Autoblog. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Ford Middle East All Vehicles (English)
  18. ^ Ford Mexico Trucks (Spanish)
  19. ^ Bowman, Zach. "U.S.-spec Ford Ranger to officially end production in 2011, Ford explains why". Autoblog. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Ford plans to build Ranger at Michigan Assembly" from Detroit News (August 25, 2015)
  21. ^ Priddle, Alisa; Snavely, Brent. "How Ford will spend $9B on plants, secure 8,500 jobs". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  22. ^ Ford NAIAS 2017: Official Press Conference Livestream
  23. ^ Halas, John. "Ford Boss Raj Nair Says New Bronco Will Be 'Completely Unique' From Everest, But Will Share Chassis". Carscoops. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 

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