It appears to be like like Ford may need some stretching plans for its new-generation Ranger ute.
On June 3 we have been capable of seize unique photos of what appears to be like like an extended model of a Ford Ranger whereas parked at an IKEA in Melbourne.
Seemingly regular from the cabin ahead, this spied Ranger prototype is left-hand drive and has an extended tub than the common double-cab ute with additional house between the rear door and rear wheel. There’s additionally a side-exit exhaust on the right-hand aspect.
It’s unclear how for much longer this spied prototype really is compared to the prevailing 2023 Ford Ranger dual-cab, however going off the pictures it appears to be like like an additional 25-30cm lengthy.
The spied prototype barely matches within the carpark, and it makes the Toyota Yaris parked in entrance of it look miniature.
Though Ford Australia hasn’t detailed exterior dimensions for the common Ranger ute, Ford Thailand says the common double-cab hi-rider measures in at 5370mm lengthy, 1918mm extensive and 1884mm extensive, with a 3270mm wheelbase.
As per the construct label for the longer tub on the spied prototype, it was produced in China in December 2021 and is a one-off.
Inside the bathtub is a 12V socket and a 400V inverter with a US-style energy plug. Australian-bound Ranger fashions presently don’t obtain this 400V inverter.
There are additionally quite a few tie-down factors within the tub, in addition to the load field entry caps for equipment reminiscent of canopies and gear crossbars. Click on right here to view all of the intelligent tub particulars of the 2022 Ford Ranger.
One unusual omission from the longer tub on this spied prototype are the entry steps behind the rear wheels. It’s unclear why these aren’t on this prototype nevertheless it might have one thing to do with the side-exit exhaust.
As beforehand detailed, Ford Australia has as soon as once more led the worldwide improvement program for the Ranger ute.
This implies the Blue Oval’s native division not solely labored on the Ranger that’s going to be bought in Australia, but in addition for the North American, South American, and African markets as examples.
Ford has beforehand mentioned the new-generation Ranger shall be bought in a complete of 180 markets.
It’s unclear what’s beneath the bonnet of this long-wheelbase camouflaged prototype as there’s sometimes a plaque the place the aspect indicator is which exhibits what powertrain the ute has. This plaque is clean on the spied prototype.
Ford Australia presently affords the Ranger ute with a complete of 4 completely different turbocharged powertrains.
These embrace a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 125kW of energy and 405Nm of torque, a 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo four-cylinder diesel producing 154kW and 500Nm, a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 184kW and 600Nm, and a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 producing 292kW and 583Nm.
The latter of those engines is presently reserved for the baja-ready Ranger Raptor.
Prolonged-wheelbase utes should not a wierd idea, with automakers reminiscent of Ssangyong, LDV and Volkswagen already providing manufacturer-backed choices.
Ssangyong presently affords its Musso dual-cab ute in a longer-wheelbase XLV guise.
This brings with it a 300mm longer tub which offers an extra 251L of capability. The wheelbase can be 110mm longer than the common Musso.
Different additions embrace an additional 20Nm of torque, bringing the entire to 420Nm, and further payload capability.
Volkswagen has been providing the Amarok ute in two completely different longer-wheelbase guises since 2020.
The Volkswagen Amarok XL and XXL are factory-backed conversions which can be performed domestically by Adelaide agency Adaptive Automotive.
The Amarok XL incorporates a 310mm longer wheelbase and the Amarok XXL has a 650mm longer wheelbase.
Apart from the additional wheelbase size, Volkswagen additionally reprograms the digital stability management to compensate for the longer wheelbase. There are additionally three centre of gravity top applications.
LDV beforehand provided its last-generation T60 dual-cab ute in what it referred to as a Mega Tub guise. It was 315mm longer than the usual T60 and had a bathtub which was 275mm longer.
The Chinese language automaker now sells its up to date T60 Max dual-cab ute domestically which isn’t presently out there in a longer-wheelbase Mega Tub guise.
It’s unclear if this long-wheelbase Ford Ranger prototype will ever make it into manufacturing, nor if it would ever be provided in Australia.
Seeing this prototype is left-hand drive, don’t maintain your breath simply but.
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