The All-New Ford Ranger Makes a Big Statement

The Ford Ranger is one of the best competitors in the mid-range segment. However, the Toyota Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado have the advantage in terms of market share. Well, that might change.

wade through have removed the cover of the new 2022 Ranger, but it is the global model that has been revealed. The US version will be similar but expect some changes to the standard equipment and available powertrain. The new generation is part of the Ford-Volkswagen collaboration, in which the German automaker’s upcoming Amarok will be based on the new Ranger and built in South Africa by Ford.

The refresh for Ranger is long overdue. In overseas markets, Ford has been milking the Ranger for 11 years without any serious upgrades. Other than that, let’s talk about the 2022 Ford Ranger. More specifically, what’s new.

The blue oval design department has taken cues from the new Maverick and F-150 to give the 2022 Ranger a refreshing new look. Other changes include a completely revamped interior and more standard features that put it a step above its adversaries.

Ford Ranger 2022: Let’s Talk Exterior Design

Ford has given a much-needed refresh to its mid-range pickup. The design, especially the front-end, is reminiscent of the Ford Maverick pickup, which is already stylish and contemporary utilitarian. Borrowed elements include C-shaped headlights and a redesigned front grille, among others. The grille now houses the camera (part of the 360-degree system), though we’re not sure if Ford will make that standard equipment when it comes to the US.

The design also incorporates a radar system for available driver assistance features and dynamic cruise control. Also, you will find tow hooks, although it remains to be seen if they will work. The new Ranger also gets an increased wheelbase of 50 millimeters, allowing for a better angle of approach, especially important when you’re traversing difficult trails.

There’s a functional heat extractor on the front fender, which also includes a plastic insert with an engine designation stamp on it. Other notable changes are the redesigned rearview mirrors with LED turn signals, and a new set of running boards for easy entry.

Moved to the back, the tailgate is new and happens to be more sculpted than before. A new pair of taillights completes the look alongside a series of handy side steps for easy access to the cargo bed. By the way, the load area is now bigger thanks to the 50 mm (2 inches) wider rear track. The 2022 Ranger also gets additional fastening points mounted on steel tube rails and a smart tailgate that doubles as a workbench with built-in measurements.

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Ford Ranger 2022: New Luxurious Interior

Gone is the Ranger’s old and quaint interior. The 2022 model gets a ton of new features including a luxurious, portrait-oriented touchscreen. A 12-inch display in its top specs (10-inch screen is standard) running the SYNC 4 infotainment software. The digital instrument cluster finds its way into the new 2022 Ford Ranger. The rest of the interior is made more attractive thanks to better quality plastic and soft touch materials.

The new Ranger supports over-the-air updates and connected car technology, allowing owners to remotely control the truck’s various features. In terms of technology, the new 2022 Ranger comes with matrix-LED headlights and radar-assisted cruise control with all the latest safety gear. Customers will be able to choose from two four-wheel drive setups, either an electronic shift-on-the-fly system or a more advanced full-time 4×4 system.

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Ford Ranger 2022: Powertrain Options Are Huge

While details of the US-spec Ranger powertrain have not been released, the international model gets a number of engine options: a 3.0-liter V6 and a pair of smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines with single and twin engines. turbo settings. However, power figures are not yet available.

Based on the engine configuration, there will be a manual or a six-speed automatic, plus a new 10-speed automatic. While there’s no info on the Raptor, we reckon it could come with the Bronco’s twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6, running a higher note. Around 350 horsepower is our ambitious guess.

We think Ford could equip the upcoming Raptor with a Sasquatch Bronco package that will keep things bulletproof for a convincing off-road adventure. Just like the Bronco Warthog, increased ride height, heavy-duty suspension, a set of Beadlock rims with off-road rubber and skid plates could be part of the list of standard features of the new Ranger Raptor. But before we jump to any further conclusions, we’ll have to wait for Ford to officially reveal the 2022 Raptor.

Source: Ford Europe, Motor1, YouTube

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