Award-winning Ford Ranger V6 will go Platinum next year

The AA DRIVEN Car of the Year's range will expand in 2019 thanks to Ford's new Ranger 3.0 litre V6 turbo-diesel engine,

 which will power a new Platinum variant. It is compatible with an existing model of the new Everest SUV with the same name.

The Platinum, which costs $84,490, is the most expensive Ranger with the new V6, which is a derivation of a unit used by the F-150 in the US. 

The 184kW/600Nm V6 is already available in the custom Ranger Sport ($75,490) and as an option on the Wildtrak ($82,490).

The 10-speed automatic and full-time AWD system are standard. 

The Ranger Platinum is designed to feel

more opulent than the Wildtrak: