PRETORIA - Following many spy pictures and numerous speculation we now get the first official glimpse of the new Ford Ranger being endurance tested in various locations before its launch in 2022.
Ford South Africa promises that the new-generation bakkie will be the toughest, most capable and connected Ranger yet.
You can watch disguised prototypes of the new Ford Ranger being put through their paces in the video below:undefined
The new Ford Ranger is set to be revealed later this year and although the carmaker hasn’t released any further information at this stage, the engine details have apparently been leaked by international media.
According to CarExpert, the 2022 Ford Ranger is set to receive a new 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, likely with outputs of around 186kW and 600Nm. Lower down in the range, the current 2-litre single-turbo and twin-turbo engines are expected to carry over, given that they are still very modern, while the 3.2-litre engine looks poised for retirement. A hybrid is said to be on the cards too. Keep in mind, however, that none of this has been officially confirmed by Ford.
What has been confirmed is that the new Ford Ranger will go into production in South Africa next year, once again for both local sales and exports. This forms part of a R15.8 billion investment that will also see the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok being built here as part of a new partnership between the two carmakers. The Silverton facility expansion is set to create 1200 new direct jobs, as well as an extra 10 000 across the supply chain.
“Our key objectives with the investment in the Silverton Assembly Plant and our supplier facilities are to expand our production capacity and to introduce the most advanced technologies and systems as we modernise our manufacturing operations to bring them in line with the best in the world,” said Ford SA’s Operations VP Ockert Berry.
Thanks to a third shift being added, the Gauteng plant will be able to build up to 720 bakkies per day - which translates to one new Ford Ranger every two minutes.