The first glimpses of the 2022 Ford Ranger have supposedly been leaked by Australian car magazine, Wheels. The Ford Ranger 2022 is currently being developed by Ford of Australia and will also be sold as a Volkswagen Amarok.
The current-generation Ford Ranger, known as the T6, was the first Ranger to be developed by Ford; previously Ford Rangers were rebadged versions of the Mazda BT50. However, Ford of Australia took over development of the Mazda-Ford pickup project in 2011 with Mazda taking a back seat in the operation.
The T6 was launched in 2012 to global acclaim. It raised the standard for pickups in terms of ride and handling, comfort and refinement, and it was also the first pickup to be launched with a 3.5t towing capacity.
A major facelift came in 2016 and a lighter one in 2019, which coincided with the American relaunch. The latter update saw the replacement of the 2.2 and 3.2-litre engines with a single 2.0-litre ‘EcoBlue’ engine from the Ford Transit and the introduction of the Ford Ranger Raptor.
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Ford Ranger 2022 development
The 2022 Ford Ranger is again being developed by Ford of Australia, however, there will be more of an input from Ford engineers in America. After Mazda decided to walk away from the pickup project, Ford joined forces with Volkswagen and the Ford Ranger 2022 will form the basis of the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok.
Very little is known about the new Ford Ranger 2022. We know that it will almost certainly be launched with the new 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, however, a top executive at Ford has disclosed to Professional Pickup that the Dagenham-built 3.0-litre V6 ‘Power Stroke’ engine, which features in the Ford F150, could make an appearance in the Ford Ranger in the ‘not too distant future’.
This makes sense, given that almost two-thirds of the current-generation Ford Ranger are sold with the larger 3.2-litre five-pot engine.
The images reveal that the upcoming Ford Ranger could share a lot of design elements with the current Ford F150. The C-shaped LED headlights, wide, six-point chrome grille, square foglights and darkened multi-spoke alloy wheels are clearly inspired by the world’s best-selling pickup,
While we’re not doubting that the images have been leaked from Ford and are genuine, its most probably an early draft and is therefore susceptible to change in the years leading up to the launch.