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Ford Australia is well underway preparing for the reveal of the vital new-generation 2022 Ranger, flying in a heavily-camouflaged model days before officially ripping off the covers.
Spotted by a CarsGuide reader at Sydney airport, the car is believed to be destined for the Australian reveal event on Wednesday evening.
You can just about imagine the C-shaped daytime running lights and squared off headlights underneath the wrap, while a horizontal slat splits the front grille and houses the Blue Oval badge.
Little detail can be gleamed from the lower front bumper, but foglights can be seen.
Other details we can spot in the spy photos show integrated roof racks, which could hint to this one being a high-end Wildtrak variant, while the bulging bonnet could be hiding a new six-cylinder engine.
Yes, that’s right, rumours are swirling the new-generation Ranger will adopt not one but two potent V6 powertrains – a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel and a 2.7-litre twin-turbo petrol.
The diesel is said to output about 185kW/600Nm – making it much beefier than the current Ranger Raptor’s 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo-diesel unit – while the petrol engine (found also in the US-market Bronco) could put down 230kW/540Nm.
However, it is unclear if both these engines will be available in Australia, as the current US Ranger makes use of a 201kW/420Nm 2.3-litre turbo-petrol EcoBoost engine that isn’t offered locally.
Regardless, even if Ford Australia sticks to diesel power as the flagship engine, it will be still be enough to blow away rivals like the 140kW/450Nm Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain, 150kW/500Nm Toyota HiLux Rugged X, 140kW/450Nm Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior and 133kW/430Nm Mitsubishi Triton GSR.
However, more affordable variants are expected to be powered by that carryover 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel engine found in the current Ranger Raptor X flagship, while a single-turbo version outputting around 130kW/420Nm is said to replace the ageing 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine of the current car.
Regardless, all will be revealed on Wednesday night when Ford rips the covers off its crucial new model.