Just minutes after the 2021 Nissan Navara debuted, Ford quickly responded with the launch of the facelifted Ranger. It's almost as if Ford wanted to steal some of the thunder away from the much-awaited Nissan pick-up by holding a launch on the same day, but we digress.
What's new with the Ford Ranger? Unlike the Navara, updates are relatively minor; it's only been two years since Ford gave their truck an overhaul, after all. The 2021 Ranger takes some cues from the U.S-spec model with its grille, but the bumpers are still the same as the current model.
At the back, the tailgate has a new stamping but sadly, it doesn't have “RANGER” embossed there like its American version. Wrapping up the exterior updates for all variants are blacked-out wheels. As for the interior, there are a few trim changes, but it's largely the same as the current Ranger.
What about variant-specific updates? The Wildtrak gets more orange inserts inside and out, while the XLT gains more chrome. Ford added a rather interesting option for the Wildtrak, though, and it's a power-roller shutter for the bed. There is also a new variant, but it's mainly for the Thai market. It's dubbed the XL Street, and it gets go-faster stripes for a sportier look.
Now for the engines - it's the same as before. The base engine is the familiar 2.2-liter turbodiesel that's been offered since 2011. There's also the EcoBlue 2.0-liter engines in both single and twin-turbo variants. All engine power ratings are the same, so you get 160 PS and 385 Nm in the 2.2-liter, 180 PS and 420 Nm in the single-turbo 2.0-liter, and 213 PS and 500 Nm for the twin-turbo diesel. Also carried over are the transmission options, which include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and ten-speed automatic.
Since Thailand is the main hub for the Ranger in the Asia-Pacific region, the updated model could be here sooner than later. However, not all updates could appear in the local version, namely the XL Street variant and the bed shutter. That said, it would be nice if Ford Philippines would bring those in for a little more variety.
With that, you're probably asking about the facelifted Everest. Well, that's right around the corner.