2021 Ford Ranger Engine
2021 Ford Ranger Engine Ford’s key 2021 Ranger update is likely to answer the prayers of many enthusiasts, with both gasoline and diesel turbocharged V6 engines to be used.
A source within Ford’s You Yangs proving the ground has confirmed that along with the significantly updated bodywork, the Ranger engine line-up will receive a comprehensive redesign for the next update.
While the future of the 3.2-liter five-cylinder and the 2.0-liter four-pot currently mounted on the Ranger is still unclear, Ford will add a pair of V6 turbo engines to the range.
Wheels can reveal that both a 3.0-liter single turbo Power Stroke diesel and 2.7-liter twin-turbo “Nano” Ecoboost gasoline are currently being tested in Australia.
The second generation of “Nano” Ecoboost debuted in 2018 and has a number of changes transferred from the 3.5-liter Ecoboost that is mounted on the F-150 Raptor.
When mounted on the standard F-150 twin-turbo V6 it produces its peak power of 242kW at 5000rpm, while all 542Nm worth of torque is delivered at just 2750rpm.
If Ford sells the petrol V6 Ranger in Australia, it would be the most powerful traditional dual-cab you can buy, by a significant margin.
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However, it is likely that this engine is developed with the North American market in front of the mind. That’s not to say that Australians will miss out, but a high-powered petrol dual-cab has not yet been offered by any manufacturer locally.
Much more likely to be offered in Australia is the 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. The Power Stroke family of engines is not exactly in its youth, having first gone into production in 1994.
The 3.0-liter single-turbo V6 Power Stroke diesel was first introduced last year in the Ford F-150, generating 186kW and 597Nm. When fitted to the F-150, the engine has an alleged towing capacity of 5189kg.
With a graphite iron engine block and aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, the 3.0 Power Stroke is designed to save weight.
Remember that Ford Ranger Raptor mule that was spotted earlier this week? One of the readers of our sister magazine, 4×4 Australia, claims to have seen the same vehicle filled with fuel. The catch is that the Ford Engineer pumped 98 octane gasoline.
Initially, it was believed that Ford evaluated a tuned version of the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Ecoboost engine as an option for U.S. Ranger Raptors. However, it seems that Blue Oval has put this on the back burner, instead opting for more cylinders to get the power levels it desires.
The wheels scooped the Ford Ranger 2021 earlier this year when a design model was photographed during transport, giving us a clear indicator of the dual-cab look.
Ford Australia declined to confirm the news when contacted by Wheels, instead stating that the company is always looking to improve its vehicles.
“We’re really proud of how much Australians have embraced the Ranger,” Matt Moran, Ford Australia Communications Director, said.
“We are always looking to continuously improve the product – like the addition of the heavy-duty suspension option and the FX4 for the MY2020 lineup. We have nothing to share yet about what’s next.”