A diesel V6 adds more power, torque and power to the new all-wheel drive Ford Ranger. However, it will not be the most powerful in its class just yet.
Ford has released more details on the next-generation 2022 Ford Ranger, including the long-awaited 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine.
This is a new powertrain offering for Ford’s all-wheel drive vehicle, which will work in tandem with a 10-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive system.
Available as an option on XLT, Sport and Wildtrak variants, the engine is evolving 184 kW at 3250 rpm and 600 Nm from 1750-2250 rpm. It will also be used in the next-generation all-wheel-drive Ford Everest and probably in the Ranger’s new twin under the skin, the next Volkswagen Amarok.
However, this is not a new engine design. Known as the ‘Lion’ V6 and sold as the ‘Power Stroke’ diesel in US markets, it was until recently used in the Ford F-150 in the United States where it had 186kW/597Nm.
The engine design dates back to 2004 and was used in various fields of application. There are 2.7-liter and 3.0-liter single- and sequential twin-turbo variants.
The engine was used in Ford (Territory) and Land Rover (Discovery, Range Rover Sport) cars, as well as in Jaguar, Citroen and Peugeot.
Ford’s long-serving 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel will be put out to pasture, and it’ll bring a manual transmission option with it.
The existing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine will continue in both single-turbo and twin-turbo variants.
Only the base Ranger XL gets a single-turbo engine option that develops 125kW at 3500rpm and 405Nm between 1750-2500rpm and works through a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The more powerful twin-turbo version develops 154kW at 3750rpm and 500Nm between 1750-2000rpm, works through a 10-speed automatic transmission and is available on all trim levels – from XL to Wildtrak – except the Raptor.
The Ford Ranger Raptor gets its own 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 292 kW/583 Nm of torque, which is not available for other specifications.
The only other V6 diesels currently offered in trim come from the Volkswagen Amarok and, until recently, the Ram 1500.
Volkswagen’s V6 develops up to 190kW and 580Nm, with 200kW available for a short period of time in the ‘overboost’ function. This ute is the current leader in the diesel ute power competition – but not for long, as its next generation is expected to see it adopt the Ranger’s less powerful Lion V6, swapping its segment leadership for a two-way tie.
The Ram 1500 Ecodiesel used a VM Motori engine – similar to the one seen under the bonnet of the Jeep Grand Cherokee – which produced 179kW and 569Nm. However, this car was one size larger compared to the Ranger and Amarok.