T6Ranger leads toSUV
Ford has big plans to turn a truck into an SUV, writes Paul Gover
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