Ford Philippines has sent us a few teasers of the next-generation Ford Ranger, and the American automaker has confirmed it will make its debut in the Philippines soon. We’ve recently reviewed the 2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4×2, and despite the current T6 generation being nearly ten years old, we commend Ford for the continuous updates it has made to its best-selling model in the Philippines.
But alas, things have to come to an end, and the next-generation Ford Ranger is certainly upon us. The all-new Ranger has been confirmed by Ford to make its global debut before the end of 2021, and even its local arm, Ford Philippines, is excited to share its impending local arrival through its Coming Soon page.
What Do We Know So Far?
The next-generation Ford Ranger has been confirmed by a co-developed pickup with Volkswagen, which means the next-generation Amarok will share the same platform as the Ranger. However, that’s about the confirmed details we know at this point.
Rumors do suggest, such as those from CarExpert that it will get a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model for the first time, and this will consist of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine teamed up with an electric motor that should produce a combined output of 362 hp and 680 Nm of torque.
Since it will share the same platform with the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok, we can expect a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 diesel engine to be offered, along with the current 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine, both in 180-hp single turbo and 210-hp twin-turbo configurations. A 10-speed automatic will be offered along with a 6-speed manual on lower variants.
What Will It Look Like
Ford has released a teaser photo of the next-generation Ford Ranger wearing camouflage, though we can clearly see the completely new set of vertically-stacked LED headlights that are inspired by the F-150 full-size pickup. Based on this design trait, it’s safe to say that its exterior design could echo the F-150’s design language. As for the interior, the all-new Ranger is expected to feature the next-generation SYNC4 infotainment system with a massive 12.8-inch vertical touch screen and 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster.
Expect also the full suite of Ford CoPilot360 advance driver-assist systems to debut on the next-generation Ranger, and this should include full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane centering, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, just to name a few. Considering how advanced the current T6 Ford Ranger still is, expect stuff like a self-parking feature as well.
For now, these are the details we know so far about the next-generation Ford Ranger. With Ford Philippines confirming its arrival, probably next year, there’s plenty of reasons for Ranger and even pickup fans to get excited for next year.