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Ac­cord­ing to Damien Ross, chief pro­gramme en­gi­neer, the de­ci­sion was made early in the pro­gramme to use a diesel pow­er­train be­cause it suits the T6 (Ranger) plat­form and res­onates with Ranger buy­ers. The most pow­er­ful en­gine in the Ford sta­ble for this plat­form is a brand-new 2,0-litre, biturbo-diesel (low-pres­sure, xed-ge­om­e­try turbo and high-pres­sure, vari­able-ge­om­e­try turbo) en­gine de­liv­er­ing 157 kw and 500 N.m. In­ter­est­ingly, it has an eight-litre oil ca­pac­ity to deal with high-per­for­mance and pro­duc­tion-ve­hi­cle ser­vice in­ter­vals.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, on pa­per, this re­sults in a power-to-mass ra­tio of just 68 W/kg which is much lower than that of the F-150 Rap­tor (132 W/kg) or a com­peti­tor bakkie such as the Amarok V6 (76 W/kg). It was there­fore cru­cial to make the most of the avail­able power by opt­ing for a closely spaced, multi-ra­tio trans­mis­sion.

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