The 2022 Ford Ranger will soon make its local launch, and this has led the American automaker to finally reveal all of the important details of its engine range. Of course, its main headline engine is its 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel motor, and we’re pretty sure that’s what you’re probably keen to find out here.
With that in mind, it would be simply appropriate to start talking about this engine first. While not confirmed by their press release, the 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel that the 2022 Ford Ranger uses seems to be a heavily modified version of the F-150’s Powerstroke V6 diesel motor. The engine itself is composed of a compacted graphite iron (CGI) block that’s around 75 percent stronger and 75 percent stiffer than the iron used in traditional engine blocks.
Interestingly, the flagship turbo diesel engine produces 250 hp and 600 Nm of torque, which is 3 hp less than the F-150’s but produces 4 Nm more torque. This singlehandedly makes the Ranger the most powerful diesel-fed pickup in its class.
“We did a lot of application calibration and validation work in both the US and Australia to make sure it would meet the needs of Ranger and Everest customers,” said Maharaj. “When you drive a Ranger with the V6 turbodiesel, it feels like a much bigger truck. And it feels strong in the sense that it’s got plenty of power and torque, which is exactly what our customers told us they wanted.”
Catering to the needs of the North American market, the 2022 Ford Ranger will also come with the tried-and-tested 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo gasoline four-cylinder. This engine is fitted in a wide range of Ford vehicles, ranging from the base version of the Mustang to the Explorer and also a host of other midsize SUVs. This gasoline engine produces the most horsepower at 270, while its 452 Nm of torque is very diesel-like for a gasoline-fed motor.
Ford’s familiar 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbo diesel engine range is carried over with a few modifications, and these engines will most likely be the volume seller for Ford. The single-turbo version is available in two states of tune: a version that produces 150 hp and 350 Nm and a slightly more powerful version that produces 170 hp and 405 Nm.
The twin-turbo version also makes a return, and it still produces 210 hp and 500 Nm. This engine, however, now boasts a clever bypass system that determines the optimum operating mode, meaning the turbochargers can operate in series (at lower engine speeds for enhanced torque and responsiveness) or the smaller turbo can be bypassed allowing the larger turbocharger to deliver high power.
Transmission choices include a 10-speed automatic that also sees service in the Ford F-150 and F-150 Raptor and has notched up more than six million kilometers of testing, including more than 3,900 km of sanctioned off-road racing, including at the Baja 1000. This transmission will be available on the 3.0-liter V6 and 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engines, while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo gasoline engine will share its 10-speed automatic with the Ford Ranger Raptor.
The current 6-speed automatic transmission available on the lower variants of the Ranger will continue along with the introduction of a new five- and six-speed manual transmission for the 2.0-liter single turbo diesel variants. The new manual transmission was four years in development across four continents and boasts a new gear set for smoother shifts.