THE current-gen Ford T6 Ranger is almost a decade old, and recently surfaced spy shots sent into Wheels HQ indicate what the next-gen dual-cab might look like. Here’s a look back at the evolution of the home-grown T6 Ranger ute.
2011-2015 – PX Ranger
FORD unveiled the current-generation Ford Ranger – codenamed T6 – back in 2010 at the Australian International Motoring Show. The new-gen T6 Ranger bumped up its towing strength, hiked its power, and arrived with a fresher, bolder face.
Three new engines heralded in the new age of the Ranger: a 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi four-cylinder diesel (110kW/375Nm); a 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel (147kW/470Nm); and a 4x2-only 2.5-litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol (122kW/225Nm). Five-speed manual and automatic transmissions were available.
2015-2018 – PX MKII Ranger
THE Ranger range received a major facelift in 2015, with the PX MKII hitting local showrooms in September that year.
The main changes included a redesigned front-end for a more aggressive look, retuned suspension componentry (springs and dampers), the addition of a new Electric Power-Assisted Steering system, and tech upgrades to get with the times (namely, SYNC2 and active safety features). Ford also tweaked the 2.2-litre engine to eek more power (now 118kW/385Nm).
2018 - Current Ranger
THE big change to the current T6 Ranger in 2019 was the addition of the Ranger Raptor’s 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine (157kW/500Nm) and 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2.2- and 3.2-litre engine options remain.
The new powertrain comes with the Raptor’s Terrain Management system, but keeps its 3500kg towing capacity, rather than the Raptor’s 2500kg. Another big update was the inclusion of Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Future - 2021 Ranger
EXCLUSIVE snaps of what could be the next-gen Ranger – shot in Melbourne, Victoria – recently landed at Wheels HQ.
The unconfirmed ‘mystery’ dual cab has a very clear Ford influence, sharing a resemblance to not only the T6 platform, but also F-Series trucks that dominate sales in the States – in particular, the recently revealed Super Duty F-250. With Volkswagen and Ford confirming plans to share commercial vehicle tech, this mystery shot could also hint at the next-gen Amarok.
Developed in Australia for international markets, the Ranger is currently manufactured in Thailand, Argentina, Nigeria and South Africa. Rangers for the US market will be built in Michigan.
The T6 platform is also shared by the Ranger Raptor, as well as the Everest wagon and upcoming Bronco.