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NEW VW AMAROK DUE 2022 – WHAT THAT MEANS FOR NEXT-GEN FORD RANGER

An All-New Ford Ranger Should Hit The Market In Just a Few Years

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.

Ford Ranger

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.

2019 Ford Ranger

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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