Ford Ranger (T6)

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Ford Ranger (T6)
2011 Ford Ranger (PX) XLT High Rider 4-door Super Cab utility (2012-07-14).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerFord
Production2011–present
2018–present (North America)[1]
Model years2011-present
AssemblyRayong, Thailand (AAT)
Silverton, South Africa
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ford Argentina)
Lagos, Nigeria (Coscharis Motors Assembly)[2]
Wayne, Michigan, United States (Michigan Assembly Plant)
Hai Duong, Vietnam (Ford Vietnam)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size pickup truck
Body styleTwo-door single cab
Four-door extended cab
Four-door double cab
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive
RelatedMazda BT-50
JMC Yuhu
Troller T4
Ford Everest
Powertrain
Engine2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 (petrol)
2.5-liter Duratec 25 I4 (petrol)
2.0-liter EcoBlue I4 (diesel)
2.2-liter Duratorq I4 (diesel)
3.2-liter Duratorq I5 (diesel)
Transmission5/6-speed manual
6/10-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,226 mm (127.0 in)
Length5,359 mm (211.0 in)
Width1,849 mm (72.8 in)
Height1,815 mm (71.5 in)
Kerb weight1,866–1,968 kg (4,114–4,339 lb) [3]
Chronology
PredecessorFord Ranger (Argentina & US)
Ford Ranger (Mazda BT-50)
Ford Courier (Brazil)
Ford Bantam (South Africa)
Ford F-250 Super Duty (Brazil)
Ford F150 (some configurations) (US) (2019)
Ford Explorer Sport Trac (US)

The current generation of the Ford Ranger (codenamed T6) is a range of midsize pickup trucks that is manufactured and sold by Ford Motor Company worldwide. Designed and engineered by Ford of Australia,[4] the current generation consolidated worldwide production of the Ranger onto a single platform, replacing the 1998-2012 Ranger (of North/South America)[5] and the Mazda-derived Ford Ranger sold in Latin America, Europe, and Asia-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.

Initially excluded from North American sale, Ford commenced sales of the Ranger T6 in the United States and Canada in the 2019 model year. Although a mid-size truck, the model line is again slotted below the Ford F-150 in the Ford truck range. Outside of North America, Mazda sells a restyled version of the Ranger as the Mazda BT-50 pickup truck. Alongside the revival of the Ford Bronco, the Ford Everest SUV and Troller T4 off-road vehicle are derived from the Ranger T6.

The Ford Ranger is produced across several facilities worldwide. First produced by the AutoAlliance facility in Rayong, Thailand, production is also sourced from Ford Argentina in General Pacheco, Argentina, Nigeria, and South Africa.[6] North American production is sourced from the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

Overview[edit]

Following its 2006-2011 predecessor in the mid-size segment, the Ford Ranger T6 is produced in three body styles worldwide. A two-door (single-cab) is standard, with a cargo capacity of 43 cubic feet (1.21 m3). A cargo capacity of 64 cubic feet (1.82 m3) is offered with a four-door extended cab (SuperCab in North America), or a four-door crew cab (SuperCrew in North America). Along with the standard pickup truck, the Ranger is also offered as a chassis cab, effectively taking the place of the Ford Falcon cab-chassis.

All four-door Rangers have the same ground clearance, whether two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive; two-door versions are offered with a "Hi-Rider" option in two-wheel drive configuration, giving them the same ground clearance as 4x4 versions. Hi-Rider versions (including the Wildtrak) have water-fording clearance of 31 in (800 mm), while standard-height Rangers have clearance of 24 in (600 mm). The Ranger T6 has a rated towing capacity of 7,700 lb (3,500 kg); versions with the 2.2L Duratorq diesel have a payload capacity of 2,939 lb (1,333 kg).

In 2015, the Ford Ranger T6 underwent a mid-cycle redesign, with the front fascia adopting elements of Ford Kinetic Design.[7] In place of the rectangular three-bar grille, the Ranger adopted a slightly oval grille with a single center bar, allowing further differentiation between the Ranger and the mechanically similar Ford Everest SUV.

Pre-facelift styling

First post-facelift styling

Trim levels[edit]

The global Ranger T6 follows traditional Ford truck trim level nomenclature, offering XL, XLS, and XLT trim levels. Based on its four-wheel drive versions, Ford offers the Ford Ranger FX4 and the Ford Ranger Wildtrak, with model-specific exteriors. The North American version of the Ranger T6 shares the same nomenclature, with XL, XLT, and Lariat; the FX4 is offered as an option package for 4x4 vehicles.

Wildtrak[edit]

In certain global markets, including Australia, Ford released the Ford Ranger Wildtrak as a special edition of the Ranger. Based on the four-wheel drive crew-cab, the Wildtrak was equipped with a 3.2L Duratorq diesel engine with a manual or automatic transmission. To visually distinguish the model, the Wildtrak was equipped with a model-specific grille (painted dark grey), model-specific 18-inch wheels, and other exterior and interior trim. Marketed in a colour exclusive to the trim (Pride Orange), the Wildtrak was also offered in several other colours.

Powertrain[edit]

Ford Ranger T6 powertrain overview
Engine Production Configuration Fuel Output Transmission
EcoBoost 2.3L (Mazda LF) 2019–present 2.3 L (138 cu in) DOHC 16V I4

turbo, direct injection

Petrol/gasoline 270 hp (200 kW) 310 lb⋅ft (420 N⋅m) 10-speed automatic
Duratec 25 (Mazda L5-VE) 2011–present 2.5 L (151.8 cu in) DOHC 16V I4 164 hp (122 kW), 167 lb⋅ft (226 N⋅m) 5-speed manual
Duratorq TDCi (ZSD-422)[8] 2011–present 2.2 L (133.3 cu in) DOHC 16V I4

turbo, intercooled, Direct injection

Diesel 118 hp (88 kW), 210 lb⋅ft (285 N⋅m)

123 hp (92 kW), 240 lb⋅ft (330 N⋅m)

150 hp (110 kW), 277 lb⋅ft (375 N⋅m)

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

Duratorq TDCi (P5AT)[8] 2011–present
2011–2019 (Thailand)
3.2 L (195.2 cu in) DOHC 20V I5

turbo, intercooled

197 hp (147 kW), 350 lb⋅ft (470 N⋅m)
EcoBlue 2.0 turbo 2019–present 2.0 L (121.7 cu in) DOHC 16V I4

turbo

180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp), 310 lb⋅ft (420 N⋅m) 10-speed automatic
EcoBlue 2.0 bi-turbo 2019–present 2.0 L (121.7 cu in) DOHC 16V I4

bi-turbo

213 PS (157 kW; 210 hp), 370 lb⋅ft (500 N⋅m) 10-speed automatic

Raptor[edit]

Ford Ranger Raptor display in Surin, Thailand.

Unveiled by Ford in Thailand in 2018, the Ford Ranger Raptor is an upcoming 2019 production model.[9] Similar to the larger F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is a high-performance truck optimized for off-road driving. Marking the debut of the 210hp 2.0L EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine in the Ranger paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Raptor is equipped with standard four-wheel drive and upgraded chassis and suspension.[9] As with the F-150 Raptor, the grille of the Ranger Raptor replaces the Ford Blue Oval with "FORD" in block letters. In October 2018, Ford confirmed that the Ranger Raptor would not be available in North America, citing that the Ranger Raptor is designed specifically for markets where the F-150 Raptor is not available; Ford also noted that demand for the F-150 Raptor in the U.S. outpaces supply.[10]

Safety[edit]

The Ranger T6 is equipped with six airbags (seven, in EU-market models). Along with dual front and side airbags, the Ranger is equipped with curtain airbags; European versions are equipped with a driver-side knee airbag. Along with standard anti-lock brakes, the Ranger is equipped with emergency brake assist. The twin-piston 11.9 in (302 mm) by 1.3 in (32 mm) front brake rotors are joined by 10.6 in (270 mm) by 2.2 in (55 mm) rear drums (on two-wheel drive Rangers) and 11.6 in (295 mm) by 2.2 in (55 mm) rear drums (on Hi-Rider and all 4x4 Rangers).

Australia XLT and WildTrak variants have the optional Tech Pack for $800. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Aid, Land Departure Warning, Automatic High Beams, Front windscreen mounted camera and a radar placed on in the front right side of the grille.

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.[11] 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.

A facelift in 2018 provided a refreshed front, a new 2.0 bi-turbo diesel from the Ranger Raptor, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and a 10-speed auto with the 2.0.

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, Expedition, and Flex in size and cost as well as seating, cargo, and towing capacity.[12][13] However, in the Philippines, the Everest is sold alongside the Explorer and Expedition Max.[14] In China, the Ford Everest is manufactured by Jiangling Motors, at Jiangling's Nanchang factory.[15] In India, Ford markets the Everest as the Ford Endeavour. The military version is marketed Arquus Trapper. The Ford Everest is used as the base for the French VT4, the successor of the old PT4, based on a Mercedes chassis.

Ford Bronco (2020)[edit]

Alongside the North American revival of the Ford Ranger, Ford is reintroducing the Ford Bronco SUV.[16] Scheduled for the 2020 model year,[17] the Bronco will be a mid-size SUV based on the Ranger and slotted below the standard-length Expedition and above the Explorer in the Ford model line. While mechanically derived from the Ranger T6, Ford chief technical officer Raj Nair stated that the 2020 Bronco would be its own unique vehicle and would not be an adaptation of the existing Ford Everest SUV.[18]

JMC Yuhu[edit]

JMC Yuhu

Jiangling Motors (the automotive joint-venture affiliate of Ford in China) has assembled the JMC Yuhu since August 2015.[19] A mid-size pickup based upon a proprietary platform, the exterior of the Yuhu is derived loosely upon both the Ranger and the Mazda BT-50.

JMC Yusheng S350[edit]

JMC Yusheng S350

Jiangling Motors (the automotive joint-venture affiliate of Ford in China) has assembled the JMC Yusheng S350 since August 2010. As a mid-size crossover based on the Ford Everest, the exterior of the Yusheng S350 is similar to the Ford crossover.[20]

Mazda BT-50[edit]

Developed in tandem with the Ford Ranger T6, the Mazda BT-50 is mechanically identical to the Ranger, using the 2.2L and 3.2L Duratorq diesels (as the rebranded MZ-CD engines). In the reverse of Mazda truck tradition in global markets, the second-generation BT-50 was developed by Ford. 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.

While the global Ford Ranger is entering production for the United States and Canada for the 2019 model year, Mazda North America has no current plans to market any version of the Mazda BT-50 in North America.

Troller T4[edit]

Troller T4 (pre-redesign)

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 body and chassis configuration as the Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover, in 2014, Troller modernized the T4, replacing the entire chassis with a version of the Ranger frame shortened to fit the T4 body.

North American sales and production[edit]

Market exclusion[edit]

Following its 2011 launch, the Ford Ranger T6 replaced previous generations of the Ford Ranger worldwide, with the notable exception of the United States and Canada, as Ford exited the compact truck segment entirely. During the early 2010s, Ford concentrated its design resources in North America towards improving the fuel economy of full-size pickup trucks, introducing direct-injection and turbocharged engines; the F-Series adopted an aluminum-intensive body design as part of its 2015 redesign. Conversely, while the Ranger was withdrawn from North America, the F-150 and Super Duty trucks were not sold widely in global markets (exceptions being Mexico, Chile, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, and GCC countries of the Middle East[21][22]). Along with the lack of demand for larger vehicles, taxes on engine displacement, and fuel economy concerns, the F-Series trucks also lack factory right-hand drive capability.[23]

At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Ford confirmed the return of the Ranger and Bronco for North America, with the unveiling of the production 2019 Ford Ranger T6 in North American specification at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, going on sale at the end of 2018.[24]

North American production (2019- )[edit]

Ford Ranger Lariat SuperCrew FX4

The North American-market Ford Ranger was unveiled at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan. Coinciding with the unveiling, Ford announced that the Ranger would be made available for order in late summer 2018, with deliveries beginning in early 2019.

To adapt to North American specifications, Ford made several changes to the Ranger T6. To accommodate US crash standards and to increase its payload, the frame rails were redesigned, becoming fully boxed. The front fascia and bumper were redesigned slightly, replacing the integrated plastic bumper with a steel bumper mounted separately from the bodywork. The tailgate was modified to allow locking capability (shared with the F-Series), gaining an integrated spoiler.

The two-door standard-cab Ranger is not sold in North America, with only the four-door SuperCab (2+2 doors) and SuperCrew (4 doors) offered; both versions are five-passenger vehicles (front bucket seats, three-passenger rear bench seat).

Sales[edit]

Calendar Year Australia Thailand
2012 18,097
2013 21,752
2014 20,674 23,977[25]
2015 29,185 23,898[26]
2016 36,934 30,869[27]
2017 42,728 44,533[28]
2018 42,114 55,526[29]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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