After a long teaser campaign, the 2022 Ford Ranger has been revealed ahead of a mid-2022 Australian release. Based on the same ‘T6’ platform as the current Ranger, the new Ranger is more technologically advanced, capable, powerful and modern than the ute it replaces. Like the previous model, the 2022 Ford Ranger has been developed in Australia and it will be sold in more than 180 global markets in various specifications.
“With Ranger, we’ve had a big extended family for decades,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “This truck has always been a trusted partner to small business owners, farmers, families, adventurers, commercial fleets and so many more in over 180 markets around the world.”
“And with the new Ranger, this is our moment to deliver. Not just a product our customers will love, but an always-on experience that will help us build strong and lasting relationships with them. This is the midsize truck people will want to own and experience.”
2022 Ford Ranger Design
The 2022 Ford Ranger is definitely more butch this time around and it’s definitely been influenced by the latest generation F-150 large ute, and even the Maverick small ute that will sit below it in North America. According to Ford, over 5,000 interviews and dozens of customer workshops were run to understand what customers wanted from the new-generation ute. Dimensionally, the new model is 50mm longer and 50mm wider than the current model.
Ford’s new ‘C-clamp’ headlight treatment sits proudly at the front with a large grille and an also-large Ford badge. LED lighting is offered for the first time with Matrix units on top-spec models, while the sides and bumpers are bolder than before as well. At the rear, the 2022 Ford Ranger’s taillights follow a similar design to the headlights for a more modern look.
Inside the 2022 Ford Ranger is a significantly more modern cabin with portrait touchscreens available up to 12.0-inches in size with Ford’s new ‘SYNC4’ software and with over-the-air updates, soft-touch materials, higher-quality materials including leather upholstery, a new joystick automatic transmission gear selector and even new features such as a 360-degree parking camera.
The interior is said to be more practical this time around as well. There are more storage options, dash-mounted cupholders, door handles inbuilt into the grab handles, and more premium materials. The tray is more practical with a bigger tub, a moulded bed-liner and a range of accessories, including a tailgate ruler.
2022 Ford Ranger Drivetrains
Under the bonnet of the 2022 Ford Ranger is a range of both petrol and diesel powertrains – with plug-in hybrid drivetrains also on their way. Australia will get only diesel engines for now, with either a single- or twin-turbo (as used in the current model) 2.0-litre diesel, while a new 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel will be at the top of the range. Ford is yet to announce performance figures but we imagine the single-turbo diesel will produce around 120kW, the twin-turbo unit around 160kW and the V6 around 190kW.
Global powertrain options grow to including petrol engines, including a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit (from the Mustang EcoBoost and offered in the current Ranger in North America), as well as potentially a 2.7-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine in the incoming Ranger Raptor. Global transmission choices include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and a 10-speed automatic on larger engines.
Buyers will also have a choice of two four-wheel drive systems: a part-time electric shift on the fly system like the current Ranger, or a new full-time 4×4 system with a permanent set and forgot mode.
2022 Ford Ranger Australian Lineup
As with the current model, the 2022 Ford Ranger will be offered with XL, XLS, XLT, Wildtrak and Raptor models – with a new Sport trim sitting between the XLT and Wildtrak. Full Australian specs are yet to be announced.
The 2022 Ford Ranger will go on sale in Australian half way through 2022 with local pricing and specifications to be announced before then. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.