We’ve seen the Ford Ranger and we know the Volkswagen Amarok born of a commercial vehicle collaboration between the two brands will launch later this year.
So what happened to the Volkswagen engine in Amarok V6? After all, most Amarok models sold in Australia already have a V6 engine, and it will remain the most powerful dual-diesel model on the market in 2022.
We sat down with Ford T6 chief engineer Ian Foston at a recent Ranger Raptor prototype event to better understand how Blue Oval and Volkswagen agreed to use the Ford V6 on the Ranger, Everest and Amarok.
“Initially, the two companies had very high-level talks with families and they talked about working together in the commercial vehicle sector,” Mr. Foston said. CarExpert.
“And then, actually, we were contacted by the Volkswagen group, and this is probably where we had about a year of development. [new Ranger] foundation at that stage. ”
“They came to us and said, look, we really appreciate what Ranger has now in terms of its capabilities, which fits very well with their vision of what they want their product to be.”
“So, of course, it took us a while to sign all the nondisclosure agreements, get some insight into the initial partnership, and then we share what we doing. Pretty much what they wanted was very relevant to what we were doing, so those were happy days. ”
“They are extremely pleased with the choice of powertrain and what we are doing with the chassis. But they were also very clear that they wanted a completely different product. They don’t want just a badge redirect,” he explained.
“It will be a true Volkswagen with all the DNA, all the touch points that customers you know, feel and experience that will become what would be in a family of Volkswagen partners.” he said.
So what happened when they entered the discussion about powertrains and V6 diesel engines?
“We had a clear vision of where we wanted to go, and that was the right size for this major grounding change, which could last for another decade,” Mr. Foston said.
“We are really very aware, what do we want to do? Electrification is a big part of that. But also having petrol and diesel with more capacity for those who want it for towing and for performance engines is something we made our decision,” he explains.
The added complication of using a Volkswagen engine is that it needs to be paired with a 10-speed Ford automatic transmission, which is shared with other Ranger and Everest variants. Using a different engine and transmission will give you the headache of maintaining an additional spare parts catalog.
Although the Volkswagen engine has been ruled out, Mr Foston is adamant that the Amarok will have the unique Volkswagen look and feel to differentiate it from the Ranger.