More cylinders and more turbos.
Ford currently offers the Ranger in the US with just its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Although the Ranger feels new to the US market after leaving in 2011 and returning in 2019, what we really have now is the 2015 update other markets already enjoyed. For those doing the math, that means the Ranger is about ready for a new generation. Ford is already working on it and, according to Which Car in Australia, it's also due for a new powertrain that should reach us here in the US. Which Car's source from Ford's You Yangs proving grounds in Australia says there will be two new powertrains, and one in particular should excite enthusiasts.
The source claims Ford is testing a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 Powerstroke diesel and a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter gasoline-powered V6 for the updated Ranger. Both engines would make an excellent option for the light truck, but right now the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 has our attention. The current 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder making 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque is plenty for the Ranger, but plenty in truck terms really means adequate. The option of more power is always welcome, and the current 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine Ford currently uses in the F-150 makes 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Power figures either around that or higher is a tasty notion.
The current Ranger is showing its age in a competitive field right now, so the reported significantly updated bodywork and powertrains would be exactly what the doctor ordered. Which Car points out the gasoline V6 Ranger would become the most powerful traditional dual-cab truck available in Australia, but it is most likely being developed with the US market specifically in mind. The 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine is most likely more geared towards the Aussies, but we hope it also makes it the US.
It's also worth remembering the Ranger reboot could give Ford the perfect opportunity to bring the Ranger Raptor here to its natural home.