THE core engine for the next Ranger has a multilingual past – Kiwis have already heard previous iterations ‘speak’ in French, plump Pom, ‘Strine and American accents.
The biggest Kiwi link dates back to 2011. Then the Territory got a 2.7-litre V6 turbo diesel, developed during the collaboration between the Blue Oval and Jaguar Land Rover.
The implementation was a long time coming; the engine had already completed six years of service in various Peugeot, Citroën and JLR vehicles. The 406 coupé, the Jaguar S-Type and the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Sport are special stars.
Such is the way of driving that the engine had virtually retired from its Euro escapade – six years was basically a full model cycle for some of the original applicants – before taking on a new challenge in this part of the world.
Never mind, the intent was still to revive Ford Australia’s Falcon-based family-friendly sports company. It was so loved that the big man maintained healthy demand until production was curtailed.
Believe it or not, it’s been six years since the big T died. Just like our association with that drivetrain. Or so we thought…
Not for good, it turns out. For this we can give credit to the Americans.
Turns out that America-land, diesel distain, has kept it on a ventilator. What we knew as the “Lion” V6, it turns out, was also the “Power Stroke” recently used in the Ford F-150 in the United States.
And the point of explaining all of the above?
Especially since the lion is hunting here again. Now as a twin turbo 3.0 liter for the new Ranger.
Marriage is a bit fitting. Just like the bike is new, but not quite,” the Ranger is not. As far as the T6.2 line coming around July is based on the T6 platform that came to life in 2010. But in either case, we are not unhappy, as each job represents a thorough re-engineering and modernization of something that we all laymen would really like beforehand. That’s why the Ranger is not only the best-selling car in the country, but also our best-selling new vehicle in several years.
The V6 appears to be optional on Ranger’s major models and will, of course, fit in the new Everest as well. With an output of 184 kW and a torque of 600 Nm, it is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. Tasty enough?
Pritika Maharaj, program manager at Ranger and Everest, says Ford decided to give this engine a third life because “some customers told us they wanted more power and torque for towing and extreme off-road riding.
“When you drive a Ranger with the V6, it feels like a much bigger truck. And it feels strong in the sense that it has a lot of power and torque, which is exactly what our customers told us they wanted.”
That’s not just good news for Ranger fans. It also translates well into German. The best-selling version of the current Volkswagen Amarok already has a 3.0-liter V6, mated to a full-time four-wheel drive. That’s a VW lineup that won’t be carried through to the new Amarok next year… because that next-generation German ute is, of course, a Ranger in lederhosen.
So either way, it seems like a whole new adventure awaits an engine whose design dates back to 2004, has been used in a variety of applications, represented in two capacities, and has run single and sequential twin-turbo iterations.
Interestingly, the version coming for Ranger will be the second most powerful for a production model. The gruntest format was that of the previous Discovery 5 TDV6 and Rangr Rover Sport: behind the green oval badge it delivered 225 kW and 700 Nm.
Volkswagen’s current V6 delivers up to 190kW and 580Nm, with 200kW available for short periods in the ‘overboost’ function.
The key points of the new V6 are fuel economy and emissions, given the impact they have on your spending beyond what’s called a recommended retail price.
The latter will certainly exceed 192 grams per kilometre, the absolute point above which the 1 April Clean Car – or ‘ute tax’ – fines apply. Chances are, this will add another $3500 to $4500 to the bottom line. But it’s all guesswork until Ford shares that and other core information (including the price tags).
Third local market life for Ranger’s first six — Motoringnz
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