The Ford Ranger returned to the U.S., and we already hear rumblings about the next-generation variation of this midsize pickup. The majority of the speculation surrounds the U.S. arrival of the Ranger Raptor stateside, and this will also include a revamped 2022 Ford Ranger lineup.
2022 Ford Ranger Changes
According to reports, the present Ford Ranger Raptor is not and never will be for U.S. intake. However, there are internal rumblings that Ford’s worldwide team is hard at work on a new platform that will underpin the Ranger and Bronco. The same reports suggest this platform will also underpin a U.S.-ready Ranger Raptor.
It’s unclear what changes Ford will make to the new-generation Ranger, but Ford will likely stay with an evolutionary redesign to avoid shaking off its newfound clients in the U.S. When it comes to the Ranger Raptor, we anticipate much of the same additions as the present model has relative to the base Ranger. That translates to broader front and rear tracks, a significant suspension lift, flat-black body cladding, and an exclusive grille with blocky “FORD” lettering.
2022 Ford Ranger Engine
Under its hood, we see no factor for Ford to desert the Ranger’s existing powertrain, that includes a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Ford may make a few adjustments to bring power up or fuel intake down, but this engine has lots of excellent life left in it. Ford might see a chance with a diesel option, given the Colorado and Canyon each deal this. However, the jury stays out on getting a strong oil-burner in place that can pass stringent emission laws in the U.S.
When it comes to the Raptor, Ford is most likely to desert the model’s existing diesel engine. The replacement stays uncertain. However, the 335-hp 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 found in the F-150 and Edge ST seems an excellent suitor.
2022 Ford Ranger Safety
The existing Ranger has the automated emergency braking the IIHS likes and optional blind-spot screens and adaptive cruise. We expect the 2022 Ford Ranger to keep all this and add any other new goodies the car manufacturer comes up within between now and its release. Safety in specialized vehicles like the Ranger Raptor can be difficult, as a lot of baby-sitters eliminate the fun and to a couple of can result in poor safety scores. Luckily, the F-150 Raptor sets a precedent by using all the F-150’s security goodies as standard or optional devices, so we expect the Ranger Raptor to keep security a priority.
2022 Ford Ranger Price and Release Date
There is no main release date set for the 2022 Ford Ranger. Inspect back for updates.
Prices also stay uncertain; however barring substantial changes; we anticipate to see only inflation-based rate increases relative to the current Ranger, which ranges from $25,195 to $39,580 (location charges included). Depending upon where the 2022 Ranger Raptor falls in the lineup– in the middle like the F-150 Raptor or as a range-topping trim– this could press its peak rate up a bit.
The 2022 Ford Ranger will take on the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma.