Updated: Ford NZ slowly phasing out Ranger 3.2-litre turbo diesel

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Words: Matthew Hansen
27 Jul 2021

UPDATE: A Ford New Zealand spokesperson has contacted NZ Autocar to clarify that the firm is currently not phasing out the 3.2-litre five-cylinder Ranger just yet. This follows reference to the engine being an 'outgoing' fixture in the Ranger's current line-up.

The spokesperson clarified that plenty of customers have shifted from the 3.2 to the 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine; an engine that is expected to replace the 3.2-litre across the full Ranger line-up eventually.

“What we’ve seen is a massive preference shift to the 2.0 litre Biturbo with the 10 speed transmission,” said the spokesperson. They added that the 3.2-litre will be "ongoing" in the Ranger fleet, “but in reduced volume and likely even more so when the clean car fees kick in.”

The full original story can be read below, with minor changes compared to an earlier version.

One of New Zealand’s most popular models — the five-cylinder 3.2-litre Ford Ranger — is set to sold in reduced volumes as Ford looks to lower the carbon footprint left by its best-selling model.

The news was confirmed in a release issued today by Ford New Zealand, detailing various tweaks it’s making to its local line-up as the government’s stringent Clean Car Standard legislation looms.

It’s been known for a while now that Ford was planning to ditch the 3.2-litre after well over a decade of service. The 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine that debuted in the Ranger Raptor has slowly trickled down the Ranger totem pole; first to the Wildtrak, then the Everest 7-seater SUV, then most recently to the XLT.

The newer more efficient engine is also more capable. The outgoing 3.2-litre produces 147kW of power and 470Nm of torque, while the 2.0-litre produces 157kW and 500Nm. And both are rated to lug up to 3.5-tonnes braked.

“The investment in this new technology has helped deliver more torque and power than the outgoing 3.2 engine – giving Ford customers what they need from a performance perspective, but with the added benefit of a lower CO2 footprint,” said Ford NZ in its release.

The 2.0-litre engine emits less CO2 than its 3.2-litre cousin; 195g/km compared to 236g/km when discussing Ford’s official figures for mainstream all-wheel drive variants — remembering that the levy that high-emission vehicles will face in 2021 is based on WLTP data, rather than the numbers claimed by manufacturers.

Nevertheless, Ford says that the 2.0-litre is “one of the lowest carbon emitting options in the Ute segment”, adding that its lower emissions will “translate into being at the lighter end of the penalties in the ute segment in 2022.”

NZ Autocar asked Ford New Zealand whether it could source the Ranger with the lower-emitting AdBlue version of the 2.0-litre, rated by the brand at 181g/km. A spokesperson said that it’s not currently on the table.

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