Written byShaun McGowan
The Ford Ranger is extremely popular in Australia, routinely challenging Toyota’s Hilux for first position in monthly sales figures - not just among utes, but against all vehicles sold. (We Aussies love our utes…)
The latest 2022 model is an all-new design featuring a range of new features - including the availability of potent new V6 engines, at least in some models.
157kW & 500Nm
Maximum Braked Towing Capacity 3500
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection
Among the popular 4X4 Rangers, the range kicks off with the XL variant, which is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine and 10-speed auto transmission, which carry over from the previous Ranger. It’s a frugan but solid performer with 154 kilowatts and 500 Newton-metres, which is roughly on par with the Toyota Hilux’s 2.8-litre single turbo diesel engine.
This engine is also available in the XLT and Sport variants, one and two steps up in the range, respectively, but it is joined by a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 184 kilowatts and 600 Newton-metres. It’s also coupled to a 10-speed auto.
The popular Ranger Wildtrak features the same powertrain options.
At the top of the range, the Ranger Raptor - with a potent 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol EcoBoost engine with 292 kilowatts and 583 Newton-metres, also mated to a 10-speed auto.
Rangers are typically very well equipped - especially in the higher model grades - but they are hardly cheap. Wildtrak, for example, features an integrated trailer brake controller, roof rails, wing mirrors with puddle lamps, aluminium cargo bay tie-down rails and a cargo management system, power roller tonneau and sports bar, ambient lighting inside, and a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen.
Stepping up to the Raptor adds a full-time AWD system allowing 4WD use on high-traction surfaces, advanced suspension by Fox Racing, front diff with electronic lock function, full LED exterior lighting package front and rear, a 2.3mm thick front bash plate, unique tow hooks, a spray-in bed liner, 17-inch alloys with rough terrain-oriented T285/70 BFG K02 tyres, a 12.4-inch customisable instrument cluster, paddle shifters and seven drive modes (normal, sport, slippery, mud/ruts, sand, Baja and rock crawl).
Standard features include:
4X2 Rangers are available in XL, XLS and XLT specification grades, with 4X4 available across the range. XL is available in single, ‘super’ and double-cab configurations, XLS is double cab only, XLT is available in ‘super’ and double cab - but the super cab cannot be purchased with the V6 diesel.
Sport, Wildtrak and Raptor are double-cab only.
The new Ranger is almost certain to be insanely popular at launch (mid-2022) although at the time of writing, nothing is known regarding drive impressions and in-service reliability. (Balance of probability there: it’ll drive better than the Ranger it replaces, and reliability will be on par.)
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