Ford Claims Next Ranger Already Has An ‘Advantage’ Over The VW Amarok

Ford Claims Next Ranger Already Has An ‘Advantage’ Over The VW Amarok

Ford introduced the Ranger to the United States a few years ago, but the current generation of global workhorse has actually been around since 2011. Yes, it took the Blue Oval about seven years to bring the truck to the United States, and we still don’t. t get the high performance Raptor available in many international markets. Aside from the late availability in the US, the company is starting to talk more and more about the next iteration which is set to debut next year.

Ford Australia President Andrew Birkic said Car sales the next Ranger already has the advantage over the new Volkswagen Amarok. As a reminder, VW’s pickup will move from its proprietary platform to Ranger foundations with the next generation. In fact, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recently admitted that the Amarok would have been discontinued had it not been for the Ford tie-up.

Volkswagen Amarok rendering

New VW Amarok rendering based on the teaser

Volkswagen Amarok rendering

New VW Amarok rendering based on the teaser

Developed mainly in Australia, the next Ranger is designed as a true global player since it will be sold in more than 180 countries around the world. Birkic told Car Sales that Ford has “a luxury, we have an advantage, we are ahead of them. [Volkswagen]. We have a really strong story and we have a really strong global game with Ranger. So I think for us it’s how to keep improving and raising the bar, while for them I think it’s a different game.

He went on to mention that VW would likely position the Amarok differently, but admitted that he had “no idea” how the German ut would distance itself from the Ranger. Birkic believes VW will “bring a different dynamic” to the truck, which will actually be manufactured by Ford at its Silverton plant in South Africa from 2022.

Ford has been coy about details regarding the new Ranger, but a company insider told us some time ago that the next-gen truck would debut in the United States in 2022, about a year after its international launch. Australian media reports that the Raptor variant is destined this time around for North America, with a revamped 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, while other markets will receive the boosted truck with 2 diesel engines, 0 and 3.0 liters.

Interesting way, Automatic Bild reports that VW is preparing its own powerful version of the Amarok which would carry the suffix “R”. It’s more of a speculation, but the German magazine claims that a beefy four-cylinder diesel engine could power the Amarok R and have it somewhere in the region of 300 hp. If indeed planned, the performance pickup could debut as early as 2023 or a year after the regular version.

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