T6Ranger leads toSUV

Ford has big plans to turn a truck into an SUV, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THIS truck is the start of some­thing big — again — for Ford Aus­tralia. It’s the T6 Ranger and though we’ve seen it be­fore it takes on new im­por­tance at Broad­mead­ows as the base of a com­ing SUV.

The T6 pro­gram is a me­chan­i­cal plat­form as well as a pick-up body, so the gi­ant en­gi­neer­ing team at Ford Aus­tralia can tweak it for other bod­ies. Such as an SUV.

The size and style of the Ranger, which is nearly ready for show­rooms, points to a new fam­ily devel­op­ment be­yond the Ter­ri­tory.

The baby brother to the F-Se­ries work­horse is be­ing tested across the Pa­cific, wrap­ping devel­op­ment of a ma­jor project at Ford Aus­tralia for more than four years.

The T6 is caught this week as a dual-cab pick-up and still with a lot of cam­ou­flage cladding in place.

But Carparazzi has most of the de­tails, from 2.2 and 3.2-litre diesel en­gines, a four-cylin­der 2-litre Eco­Boost petrol pow­er­plant sim­i­lar to the one com­ing to the Fal­con and six-speed man­ual and au­to­matic gear­boxes. It says the T6 will be sold ev­ery­where out­side the US and Canada from early next year.

It points to a dash­board lay­out that’s sim­i­lar to the lat­est Ford Fi­esta and Fo­cus, com­plete with car-style gauges and a mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel.

For the lat­est Carparazzi scoop pho­tos, visit www.cars­guide.com.au

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