Ford Ranger (T6)
|Ford Ranger (T6)|
|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|
|Engine||2.5 L Duratec 25 I4 (petrol)
2.2 L Duratorq I4 (diesel)
3.2 L Duratorq I5 (diesel)
|Wheelbase||3,226 mm (127.0 in)|
|Length||5,359 mm (211.0 in)|
|Width||1,849 mm (72.8 in)|
|Height||1,815 mm (71.5 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,866–1,968 kg (4,114–4,339 lb) |
|Predecessor||Ford Ranger (Argentina)
Ford Ranger (Mazda BT-50)
Ford Courier (Brazil)
The Ford Ranger, codenamed T6, is a mid-sized pickup truck produced by Ford, first unveiled in October 2010, 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 sold in 180 global markets, it is currently not sold in Canada and the United States, due to the new platform being too close in size and cost to the F-150 and overall declining sales of compact pickups in North America. However, it is offered in the Middle East, Mexico, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, the Netherlands (Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Marteen), the Cayman Islands, and most Caribbean countries in addition to the F-150. However, the Ranger is not sold alongside the Ford F-Series in Iceland. Ford initially planned a mid-sized truck based on a modified F-150 chassis for the North American market named the F-100; but this was shelved in favour of offering the 3.5-L 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-NAFTA built light trucks prevent the T6 Ranger from being imported into North America; however, the 3.2-L Duratorq is being adapted for the North American market 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.
Ford's affiliate, Jiangling Motors, builds a model based on the Ford Ranger called the JMC Yuhu for the Chinese market. On 19 August 2015, Ford started producing the Ranger in China in partnership with JMC.
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. 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.
Engines and transmissions
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 (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 9.4 L/100 km (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
Main features include:
- Water wading tolerance of 800 mm (600 mm for standard 2WD models)
- 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
- Twenty built-in storage spaces, a glovebox, and a 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, satellite navigation, and cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel
- Rear parking-assist sensors and rear-view camera
- Bluetooth audio streaming, USB and iPod connection
- Curtain airbags, side airbags, driver-knee airbag (in European models) and dual front airbags
- 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
- Towing capacity ranging up to 3500 kg
- Models with the 2.2-litre diesel have a payload capacity up to 1333 kg
- An 80-litre fuel tank
Ford also released another variant in certain countries which was marketed as the Wildtrak. The engine chosen for this model was the exact one 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 (33.6 mpg-imp or 28.0 mpg-US) 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 a deep Lava red / 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, seat heaters and custom Ford Wildtrack seats. The updated model released in 2015 was a facelifted variant.
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. The vehicle will be 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 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; however, in the Philippines, the Everest is sold alongside the Explorer and long wheelbase Expedition. In China, the Ford Everest is manufactured by Jiangling Motors, at Jiangling's Nanchang factory.
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