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US-spec Ford Ranger spied testing Down Under

03.03.2017

Set to return to United States next year after bowing out of production in 2011, a series of images perpetually showing the Americanised Ford Ranger undergoing testing have surfaced online.

Published by Australian website caradvice.com.au likely undergoing hot weather evaluation, the camouflaged prototype bores a notable resemblance to the Ranger T6 although most of the changes will occur underneath the skin.

In line with the US market's preference for petrol engines, the Ranger will forego the current line-up of 2.2 and 3.2 TDCI Duratorq diesel engine, for the 2.7 and 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 powerplants used in the F150. A brand new 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 engine, known under the Powerstroke designation, could also be added in due course.

Along with a number of bodystyles expected to be offered, both petrol engines will likely be paired to Ford's new 10-speed automatic gearbox co-developed with General Motors.

Aside from the Ranger, the T6 platform, which also underpins the Ford Everest, will serve as a base for the revived Ford Bronco confirmed to debut in North America a year after its pick-up sibling.

 

IMAGE from caradvice.com.au

Article written by Autodealer
03.03.2017
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