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Three reasons you shouldn't rush into buying a Ford Ranger: Why the new tough truck will be worth the wait

The countdown is on to the new Ford Ranger.

Another month, another booming four weeks of Ford Ranger sales, with the Blue Oval’s super-popular workhorse shifting more than 3000 units - leaving it trailing only the Toyota HiLux in the sales stakes in January.

But even as they fly out of dealerships, the clock has officially begun ticking for the reveal of a new and improved Ford Ranger, meaning those who rush out to buy this version over the next few months might be left wondering why they didn’t wait just a little longer.

And with the Ranger range expected to hit showrooms in early 2022, and the Raptor to follow hot on its heels, the wait is nearly over.

Don’t believe me? Here are the three reasons the new Ford Ranger will be worth the wait.

Punchy six-cylinder diesel will answer any power questions

The current Ranger is powered by either a 3.2-litre five-cylinder or a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder. The current Ranger is powered by either a 3.2-litre five-cylinder or a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder.

The one lingering question mark over the Ranger range has been power, with the brand’s 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel failing to ignite petrol-headed passion, despite producing a more than commendable 500Nm - a number the HiLux has only just matched.

But any power queries will be put to bed with the new model, with credible reporting pointing to the new model being offered with a trio of engines, beginning with the familiar 2.0-litre diesel, stepping up to a twin-turbo petrol V6, and topping out - as far as Australia is concerned - with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

The latter is the engine that will be most popular in Australia, with the GR HiLux-rivalling power plant set to produce around 185kW and 600Nm - good news for just about all things ute.

Hell, there will even likely be a plug-in hybrid version by around 2024.

It will look like a mini Ford F-150

The new T6.2 Ranger should adopt a new range-wide front fascia. The new T6.2 Ranger should adopt a new range-wide front fascia.

If you’ve found yourself longing for a Ford F-150 in Australia, then the new T6.2 Ranger should scratch that itch, with the tough truck to adopt a new range-wide front fascia that will essentially leave it looking like a shrunken version of the worlds best-selling truck.

There will be a new interior treatment too, of course, and plenty of new cabin tech, but it’s the tough and squared-off front end that will delight Ford fans the most.

The new Ranger Raptor will redefine tough

There's a new Raptor in the works. There's a new Raptor in the works.

Ford is keeping quiet on details surrounding the (largely Aussie developed) Ford Ranger Raptor, other than to say there is one coming, and it will be tougher than ever before.

Whether it gets both V6 engine options, or just the diesel, remains to be seen, but given the current Raptor makes 157kW and 500Nm, either would be a sizeable jump, and elevate the ute to a whole new level of performance.

"There is a Raptor that we are working on. We do not comment on future product, but I would never want a product to be worse, or the same, as the last one," Ford Performance program manager Justin Capicchiano told CarsGuide in the past.

"If you're not moving the vehicle forwards, then you're gong backwards. There are a lot of people who care intimately about this car, and they want it to be better, and it will be better.

"When I compare what we did with other programs, everything moves forward, with different technologies with tyres, suspension, powertrains. You only need to look at the Mustang. Everyone loved it in 2015, it did everything a Mustang should do. Then in 2018, it just did it better.

"So there are ways you can do things like that, and that's got to be the focus. But you'll have to wait and see."