The next-gen Ford Ranger might get a twin-turbo V6 from the F-150.
This is big news for Ranger fans. When we last saw the 2021 Ranger from leaked images in Australia, we saw that the next-gen midsize pickup would be taking a lot of its design cues from the larger F-150. Now it seems that won’t be the only thing that Ford is sharing between the two trucks.
According to sources speaking once again to Australian car site Wheels, the 2021 Ford Ranger will take two turbocharged V6 engines from the F-150, including the 2.7-L twin-turbo V6 and the 3.0-L Power Stroke diesel.
Those sources apparently work at the You Yangs Proving Grounds, Australia's test site for new Ford products. They report "significantly updated bodywork" will come along with the new engines which will bring the Ranger's styling more in line with the F-150.
The 2.7-L twin-turbo "Nano" EcoBoost V6 first arrived on the F-150 in 2018. Designed as an economical alternative to the high-output V6 and the 5.0-L V8, the 2.7-L turbo gets 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque in the F-150. It comes mated to Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission to be even better on fuel.
The 3.0-L Power Stroke turbodiesel is aimed at the growing market for diesel-powered engines. Cheaper to fuel than traditional gasoline, the Power Stroke also has the best towing available to the F-150 at 11,400 lbs. Power is rated at 250 horses and 440 lb-ft of torque.
Wheels also reported that the 2.7-L turbo is specifically being considered for the North American market. We might even see that engine power a North American version of the Ranger Raptor, something that people have been asking ever since the Ranger first went on sale earlier this year.
Ford's 2.3-L turbo 4-cylinder was initially being considered for the Ranger Raptor-presumably tuned to produce more than the 270 hp it currently makes--but that seems to have been shelved in favor of the larger 2.7-L V6. With over 50 more horses on demand, that seems like an appropriate power bump for the Ranger Raptor.