Ford Ranger (T6)
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. Designed and engineered by Ford of Australia, the current generation consolidated worldwide production of the Ranger onto a single platform, replacing the 1998–2012 Ranger (of North/South America) and the Mazda-derived Ford Ranger sold in Asia-Pacific, Europe and several Latin American 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.
|Ford Ranger (T6)|
|Also called||Arquus Trigger VT4 (French military)|
2018–present (North America)
|Model years||2019–present (North America)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size pickup truck|
|Body style||Two-door single cab|
Four-door extended cab
Four-door double cab
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive|
|Related||Mazda BT-50 (UN)|
Ford Everest (UA)
6/10-speed 6R80/Ford-GM SelectShift® automatic
|Wheelbase||3,220–3,226 mm (126.8–127.0 in)|
|Length||5,110–5,398 mm (201.2–212.5 in)|
|Width||1,849–2,028 mm (72.8–79.8 in)|
|Height||1,703–1,873 mm (67.0–73.7 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,866–2,014 kg (4,114–4,440 lb)|
Initially excluded from sale in the United States and Canada, Ford commenced sales of the Ranger T6 in these two markets in January 2019. 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. The third generation Ford Everest SUV and Troller T4 (from 2014) off-road vehicle are derived from the Ranger T6.
The Ford Ranger is produced across several facilities worldwide. First produced by the AutoAlliance (and also later Ford Thailand Manufacturing) facilities in Rayong, Thailand, production is also sourced from Ford Argentina in General Pacheco, Argentina, Nigeria and South Africa. North American production is sourced from the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.
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 2.2-litre 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. 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.
First post-facelift styling
|Petrol||EcoBoost 2.3L (Mazda LF)||2019–present||2.3 L (138 cu in) DOHC 16V I4
turbo, direct injection
|270 hp (200 kW) 310 lb⋅ft (420 N⋅m)||10-speed Ford-GM 10R80 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 Ford M5OD manual|
|Diesel||Duratorq TDCi (ZSD-422)||2011–present||2.2 L (133.3 cu in) DOHC 16V I4
turbo, intercooled, Direct injection
|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)
158 hp (118 kW), 300 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m)
|6-speed Ford MT82 manual|
6-speed Ford 6R80 automatic
|Duratorq TDCi (P5AT)||2011–present
|3.2 L (195.2 cu in) DOHC 20V I5
|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
|180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp), 310 lb⋅ft (420 N⋅m)||10-speed Ford-GM 10R80 automatic|
|EcoBlue 2.0 bi-turbo||2019–present||2.0 L (121.7 cu in) DOHC 16V I4
|213 PS (157 kW; 210 hp), 370 lb⋅ft (500 N⋅m)||10-speed Ford-GM 10R80 automatic|
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 similar nomenclature, with XL, XLT, and Lariat; the FX4 is offered as an option package for 4x4 vehicles.
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 3.2-litre 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.
Unveiled by Ford in Thailand in 2018, the Ford Ranger Raptor is a 2019 production model. 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 210 hp 2.0-litre 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. 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. exceeds supply.
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).
Australian XLT and WildTrak variants have the optional Tech Pack for $800. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping aid, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, front windscreen mounted camera and a radar placed on in the front right side of the grille.
North American version (2019–present)Edit
For its 2011 launch, the Ford Ranger T6 replaced previous generations of the Ranger worldwide, consolidating designs developed by Ford and Mazda. A notable exception included the United States and Canada, as Ford exited the compact truck segment entirely. During the early 2010s, Ford concentrated its light truck design resources in North America on its F-Series trucks, with its 2015 redesign including an aluminum-intensive body and introducing direct-injection and turbocharged engines in an effort to improve fuel economy. Outside of North America, the F-Series trucks were not as widely marketed as the Ranger; along with their larger size and taxes on engine displacement, in global markets, the F-Series were met with a lack of diesel engines and factory right-hand drive capability.
After an eight-year market hiatus, Ford introduced the fourth generation-Ranger for North America for 2019 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, marking the first Ford entry into the mid-size pickup truck segment. The first mid-size Ranger sold in North America, the Ranger T6 underwent several design modifications to accommodate US crash standards (and increase its payload), with the 2019 Ranger receiving fully-boxed frame rails. Externally, the front fascia was restyled to allow for a separate steel front bumper. All versions of the Ranger sold in the United States and Canada have a 127 in (3,226 mm) wheelbase, regardless of cab or drivetrain configuration. Production started on 29 October 2018.
While externally similar to its global counterpart, the Ranger features a number of exterior design changes. Most visibly, the front fascia was redesigned with a frame-mounted steel bumper. At the minor expense of frontal aerodynamics, the sturdier front bumper was designed to better comply with American crash standards.
To better market the vehicle towards private buyers in North America, the Ranger was given a distinct hood design and grilles related to trim level. Additional trim included color-contrasting fender molding and fender grilles (in line with the F-Series trucks). The "RANGER"-embossed tailgate was modified; in the interest of aerodynamics, a spoiler was added (sharing the locking tailgate handle from the F-150).
For North American production, the Ranger is produced with a single powertrain: a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four paired with 10-speed 10R80 automatic transmission. For increased fuel economy, the engine includes direct fuel injection, four valves per cylinder, and a twin-scroll turbocharger.
|Fourth-generation Ford Ranger powertrain specifications|
|Ford EcoBoost 2.3||2019–present||2.3 L (138 cu in) DOHC inline-4||270 hp (201 kW)||310 lb⋅ft (420 N⋅m)||10R80 10-speed automatic|
While offered in both rear-wheel drive and part-time four-wheel drive, all Rangers in North America are produced using the "HiRider" chassis of the Ranger T6 4x4. For 2019 production, Ford has not announced sales plans for the Ranger Raptor nor the Ranger Wildtrak for the United States or Canada.
The fourth-generation Ranger shares the traditional trim levels used by Ford light trucks in North America, with base-trim XL, mid-level XLT, and top-trim Lariat. To supplement each trim level, Chrome, Sport, and FX option packages are offered for all three trim levels.
The base XL trim includes features such as sixteen-inch (16") silver-painted steel wheels, a four-speaker audio system with an AM/FM radio, auxiliary audio input, and USB port, along with cloth seating surfaces, power windows, and door locks. Options include aluminum-alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, and carpeted flooring with floor mats.
The mid-level XLT trim adds more convenience features to the base XL trim, such as an AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player, auxiliary audio input and USB port, a FordPass 4G LTE internet connection, seventeen-inch (17") aluminum-alloy wheels, keyless entry, carpeted flooring with floor mats, Ford SYNC with Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless audio streaming capabilities, and a six-speaker audio system. Options include a SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities and GPS navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Travel Link, remote start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The range-topping Lariat trim adds luxury features to the mid-level XLT trim, such as the SYNC 3 infotainment system with GPS navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Travel Link, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, polished aluminum-alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, additional chrome exterior accents, keyless access with push-button ignition, luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, and LED front headlamps. Options include remote start, a Bang & Olufsen B&O Play premium amplified audio system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
There are several different appearance packages available for each trim level. The base XL trim offers the STX Appearance Package, which adds options such as aluminum-alloy wheels, Ford SYNC, and a six-speaker audio system. Mid-level XLT and range-topping Lariat trims offer two different appearance packages: either the Sport Appearance Package, which adds features such as upgraded aluminum-alloy wheels and darkened exterior accents, and the Chrome Appearance Package, which adds features such as polished aluminum-alloy wheels, and additional chrome exterior accents. An FX-4 Off-Road Package is available on all 4X4-equipped models, adding features such as side pickup box FX-4 Off-Road decals, an off-road suspension package, and on/off-road tires.
To comply with American safety mandates, a rear view safety camera is standard. Several sizes of interior touchscreens are offered, depending on trim packages ordered. To increase interior storage, waterproof storage compartments were added under the rear seats.
The sixth-generation Ford Bronco shares its chassis (in modified form) and 2.3L EcoBoost engine with the North American version of the Ranger T6. A mid-size SUV, the Bronco is offered as a two-door and four-door convertible.
The T6 Ranger is used as the basis for the second generation Ford Everest. Unveiled in November 2014, the Everest visibly shared body panels with the T6 Ranger including the front hood, front doors and front fenders. The Everest is developed and adapted by Ford Australia.
Jiangling Motors (the automotive joint-venture affiliate of Ford in China) has assembled the JMC Yuhu since August 2015. 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.
Developed in tandem with the Ford Ranger T6, the second generation Mazda BT-50 is mechanically identical to the Ranger, using the 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre Duratorq diesel engines (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.
For 2021 production, Mazda released a third-generation BT-50 derived from the Isuzu D-Max, marking the first time in 50 years that neither Ford nor Mazda have shared a compact pickup body.
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.
|Calendar Year||Australia||Thailand||Philippines||Vietnam||United States|
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