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2010-09-20 08:54

Ford bakkies have always had rather bold grille designs. The next-generation Ranger is no different.

Ford has started teasing clues to its new Ranger's appearance by releasing a single image of... the bakkie’s grille.

The new truck is set for public unveiling during the third week of October at the Sydney auto show in Australia and is essentially an Australian exercise butrom a South African angle, Ranger production will continue at the Silverton facility outside Pretoria.

The first T6 units should roll off the production line towards the end of 2011 - when Ford’s new global bakkie will become available in SA.
The new Ranger (codenamed T6) will take the ladder-frame chassis challenge to Nissan’s Navara, Toyota’s Hilux, Mitsubishi’s Triton and the VW Amarok.

Ford has spent $700m developing its new global compact bakkie, using a team of Australian engineers. American Todd Hoevener - the man responsible for Ford’s Explorer SUV – joined the team in 2010 to drive the project towards completion.

The T6 Ranger is expected to follow VW’s Amarok bakkie by employing small-capacity turbo power to thread the golden mean between required power output and emissions regulation.

Ford’s 2l EcoBoost I-4 engine delivers 176kW and 325Nm (over an impressively generous engine-speed range of 2000-5500rpm) and is being tipped to headline the new Ranger engine line-up.

These EcoBoost outputs are in line with those of the discontinued Ranger V6 engine yet consumption should average as much as 20% less, efficiency boosted by direct injection and variable valve-timing on both inlet and exhaust valve camshafts.

Although the 3.0 TDCi diesel is expected to be carried over from the current Ranger, a Mazda sourced 2.2 turbodiesel rated at 129kW and 420Nm could broaden the compression ignition appeal of the T6.

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