It’s no secret that Ford plans to introduce the Ranger to the US market in 2019.
While Ford was adapting the Ranger for the US market, it also made some huge upgrades to the car, which will be introduced to bakkie markets all over the globe, including ours.
Ford in Australia recently shared the first details of the facelifted bakkie, including the engine line-up. The 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre engines soldier on as before, but the 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged 157kW/500Nm engine from the Raptor is also being made available in other models, including WildTrak specification.
The Raptor engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox and can tow up to 3500kg.
Interestingly, you can also buy a turbocharged petrol Ranger in the US. It’s the same 2.3-litre used in the Mustang and Focus RS, albeit detuned a bit. This unit is also available with the 10-speed automatic.
The 2019 Ranger will also receive some suspension and safety updates, including lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a self-parking feature.