The current Ranger, also known as the T6, has been a massive success for Ford. Not only is it a big seller in the Philippines, but it also boosted the American automaker's presence in Southeast Asia. The Ranger is also the second best-selling vehicle in Australia, and its re-introduction in the North American market paid off with over 100,000 units sold every year.
However, the Ranger T6 isn't the newest design around. If anything, it's one of the oldest pick-up platforms among its peers. It made its global debut in October 2010, meaning the platform is headed for its eleventh year in production this year. That makes it even older than the current generations of the Toyota Hilux (2015), Mitsubishi Strada (also 2015), and Nissan Navara (2014). It's also facing stiff competition from the all-new Isuzu D-Max.
Of course, Ford won't allow their cash cow to lag behind the competition. That is why they announced that the next-generation Ranger is coming soon. That said, Ford didn't give many details about the future Ranger, but they are getting ready for its roll-out. Ford recently invested $ 1 billion in the Silverton Assembly Plant in South Africa, one of the key production lines of the Ranger worldwide. It shows that Ford is banking a lot on the all-new Ranger.
So when will production start? According to Ford, they will start building the next-generation pick-up in Silverton by 2022. However, we're not expecting its reveal during the first half of next year unless they start showing teaser campaigns towards the end of 2021. Also, Southeast Asian markets source the Ranger from Thailand. So far, there is no official word from Ford if they began re-tooling the Rayong assembly line for the redesigned Ranger.
The future Ranger will share its components with the Volkswagen next-generation Amarok. That's because the two automakers formed a strategic alliance for developing global pick-up trucks back in 2019. With that, the two pick-ups will likely share some engines, namely the 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo from Ford and the 3.0-liter V6 TDI from Volkswagen. But even if the two will share parts, both brands say that each will have distinct designs and not merely rebadged versions of each other.