The Ford Ranger has only just reappeared on the market here, and already its maker is working on a new generation. This makes sense when you remember that the version Ford has reintroduced is actually not new, it being taken from the global-market Ranger first introduced elsewhere in 2011 and given a mid-cycle reboot in 2015.
And since we know Ford is developing a new generation already, naturally rumours are floating around in regards to its configuration. One of those comes courtesy of Wich Car website, which cites a source at Ford who confirmed that Ford is testing new mechanics to power its Ranger. Those include two 6-cylinder engines: a 3.0L diesel-powered V6 and a 2.7L gas-fed V6.
Could both of those powertrains make it to North America? We can say probably, at least in the case of the 2.7L engine, a unit already in service in the biggest F-150 truck. With its 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, it would certainly provide the Ranger with some of what it’s currently missing. The current engine of the pickup is a 2.3L 4-cylinder that delivers 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
As for the diesel engine, its introduction in North America is uncertain. Among the Ranger’s rivals, only those under the General Motors banner offer such a mill, namely the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Either way, Ford has understood what many have been saying, that the Ranger could really benefit from a second powertrain in the product offering. That small 4-cylinder is simply not enough for some potential buyers.