Hilux beware! Next-gen Ford Ranger debuting Q1 2022 in Thailand
Arvind · Sep 24, 2021 11:43 AM
After teasing the imminent arrival of the next-generation 2022 Ford Ranger, Ford Thailand have now confirmed that plans are in motion to launch the new pickup within the first quarter of next year.
Wichit Wongwattanakarn, Managing Director of Ford Thailand has revealed that the company is gearing up to replace the existing model next year, and expects the next-generation Ford Ranger to cash in on the exponential growth of the Thai pickup truck market.
The current T6 Ford Ranger was first introduced in 2011 and has received two facelifts throughout its lifespan, in 2016 and 2019 respectively.
Despite its age, Ford Thailand says sales of the T6 Ranger are still meeting expectations, selling 17,374 vehicles units so far in 2021, representing a 30 percent growth from the same period last year. Ford Thailand ranks third in the Thai pickup truck market, with an 8 percent overall market share.
Design cues aside, some outlets have claimed that the next-generation Ford Ranger will get a revised powertrain line-up, including a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with 267 PS and 680 Nm.
With regards to electrification, Wichit Wongwattanakarn said that Ford Thailand are ready move very quickly if the market shows signs of demand, “This includes the Ford Ranger if everything fits. We are ready to market."
Despite earlier reports of production disruptions due to chip shortage, Ford Thailand has said that it has been manageable, adding that they do not see any signs of short or long term production interruptions.
Arvind can't remember a time when he didn't wheel around a HotWheels car. This love evolved into an interest in Tamiya and RC cars and finally the real deal 1:1 scale stuff. Passion finally lead to formal training in Mechanical Engineering. Instead of the bigger picture, he obsesses with the final drive ratio and spring rates of cars and spends the weekends wondering why a Perodua Myvi is so fast.