The T6 Ford Ranger recently hit the American Market last year, while it’s been on the market in some countries as far back as 2011. As far as the mid-size truck market goes, that’s actually on the young side, as the current Nissan Frontier has been on the market since 2004. The Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are all younger, but ultimately the midsize pickup truck customer seeks durability and ease of use compared to the wealthier full size truck buyer that can afford things like an 11 inch touchscreen and jump shocks. We found the Ford Ranger to deliver on the needs and wants of the midsize truck buyer fantastically well, but considering its age, we’re not surprised to hear that a new version is right around the corner.
According to Australia’s CarSales, the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck is still on track to launch in 2022 based on quotes from VW chief operating officer Ralf Branstatter, and there’s a lot of context that comes with that. For one, the next-generation Ford Ranger and VW Amarok are going to share an architecture, and even be built in the same plant.
This all comes from an alliance between Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG that was announced in January 2019. Details include a collaboration on midsize pickup trucks and commercial vans, market segments where global demand is expected to surge over the next five years. The initial target was to deliver trucks globally in 2022.
Moreover, the report details that there currently are no plans in the works to electrify these new trucks, and will instead utilize a more tried-and-true engine lineup consisting of a reported 2.7L EcoBoost six as well as a 3.0L diesel engine. Both of which are currently found in the larger Ford F-150 pickup truck.
The timeline is still unclear for the American rollout of the all-new Ford Ranger, but expect it to be built in the Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, alongside the new VW Amarok when it does.