Ford is ramping up production of the new-generation Ranger ahead of local showroom arrivals from June/July. But twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel models are expected ahead of examples equipped with the turbo diesel V6, say dealer sources.

Highly-anticipated V6 diesel examples of the 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak are expected to be a few weeks behind the initial shipment of models powered by the familiar twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.

With an engine borrowed from the Ford F-150 in the US, the new Ford Ranger will be the most powerful – and boast the most torque – among its direct diesel double-cab rivals when equipped with the optional turbo diesel V6 (TDV6).

However, Ford Ranger fans wanting turbo diesel V6 grunt will need to be a little more patient, say dealer sources.

Ford dealers canvassed by Drive say they have been advised turbo diesel V6 variants will be at least a few weeks behind the twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel models.

Meanwhile, keen customers are comparing prices via social media to call out any dealers attempting to overcharge on dealer delivery fees.

Some Ford dealers are quoting a $1000 dealer fee, while a number are in the $1500 to $2000 range.

Dealers attempting to charge more than this are being called out on social media, and buyers appear to be favouring dealers who are not price gouging.

Ford and other car makers are powerless to stop dealers overcharging for in-demand vehicles.

Despite the name, ‘dealer delivery’ does not cover the cost of transporting the vehicle to the dealership; that is already included in the dealer’s invoice cost from the car company, with the vehicle delivered to their door.

Dealer delivery was created decades ago as a separate profit stream to prepare the car before handover to the customer.

The name is designed to give buyers the impression it is a fixed fee; many customers are unaware it is negotiable.

Industry veterans say it only takes a few hours to prepare a new prior to delivery and anything more than a $300 to $500 to the customer is excessive.

Critics of dealer delivery fees point to the fact that, until the stock shortage of new vehicles over the past two years during the pandemic, the dealer delivery charge had all but evaporated.

But now there is a shortage of stock and a spike in demand, dealers are ramping up the so-called ‘delivery fee’ to boost their bottom line.

Read more about dealer delivery fees here.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.

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