Recently, the mid-size pickup truck re-establishes itself on the North American market. Well, we see a couple of redesigned, and few brand new vehicles that will go into production. One such truck is the 2021 Ford Ranger. But, the “brand-new” is not quite the correct term to describe the upcoming Ranger. The pickup truck will get a significant redesign, but it’s still the same model from 2011.
So, the time has come for serious changes in terms of design and performances as well. The competition is stronger every year. Therefore the changes are necessary. However, the release date for the 2021MY is still unknown. We must wait for further information from the Blue Oval. There’s the possibility that the mid-size truck will be ready for the next season. The automaker will go for the complete overhaul, with improved engines and refined performance.
Changes and Exterior Design
Yes, we expect to see a lot of innovation and improvements in the upcoming pickup. Still, with no official confirmation, all the info we can gather is based on the speculations. But, one thing is for sure – 2021 Ford Ranger won’t get a new platform. Well, the automaker will probably try to improve the existing T6 platform. Also, we expect to see a lot of similar design solutions from the F-150 model, especially in the usage of lightweight materials, like HSS and aluminum.
Therefore, the new Ranger will reduce the weight, while improving the hauling and towing capacity. However, don’t expect to see something radical in terms of exterior design. First of all, the dimensions will probably stay the same.
Well, the new model could add a couple of inches in wheelbase, but that will be it for the size changes. All in all, the F-150 will be the primary reference for the design department. Still, the Ranger needs to bring something more distinctive and try to establish a recognizable appearance.
2021 Ford Ranger Engine Options
As for the engine room, the 2021 Ford Ranger will introduce a lot of innovations. The lineup will include a wide range of engines. The ongoing model for the North American market offers only a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost mill. This unit produces 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, the 2.3-liter drivetrain is very efficient and provides excellent performance and towing.
However, the truck which pretends to be a class champion must offer more. So, the company could include a more potent 2.7-liter V6 unit. Yes, that’s right- the same engine in under the hood of F-150. The more robust powertrain makes 325 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque.
With these numbers, Ranger customers can experience a whole new leveč of performance quality and abilities. Also, some rumors suggest that the V6 mill is reserved for the potential release of 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor.
What About The Diesel Version?
When it comes to the possible engine option of the 2021 Ford Ranger, one of the hot topics is the diesel powertrain. But, as with the rest of the info that surrounds this model, everything is unclear. For example, the current model for the Australian market offers two turbodiesel engines. That will be the 2.0- and 3.2-liter mills.
Now, if the Ranger comes with the diesel option, we expect to see a brand.new unit, not these two. Of course, they are not the wrong choice, but the Ranger will need something different. That could be a 3.0-liter V6 from the F-150. The V6 diesel delivers 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. But, we can’t be sure if the diesel engine will remain only in Australia, or is it coming to the States as well.
2021 Ford Ranger Release Date and Price
Although there’s no official info regarding the 2021 Ford Ranger release date, some reports claim that the truck will be ready in about a year and a half. So, we can expect to see it probably as a 2022MY, if not before.
Anyhow, whenever it may come, the price wouldn’t be much different from the current model. The starting price will be somewhere near $24,000. As for the potential Raptor version, we assume that it will cost around $40,000.